CBGA is an acidic cannabinoid that is found in hemp and cannabis plants.
In this guide, we will explore what CBGA is and the therapeutic benefits this acidic cannabinoid has.
What is CBGA?
CBGA is known as the “mother of all cannabinoids” as it is the foundational acidic cannabinoid crucial to the formation of other cannabinoids, including THCA and CBDA. Through decarboxylation, a process where cannabinoids are exposed to heat, CBGA is converted to CBG. However, CBGA has shown great therapeutic potential on its own, having some cultivators use selective breeding to produce higher concentrations of CBGA.
Benefits of CBGA
While there is less research on CBGA compared to other cannabinoids, research has shown CBGA may play a role in helping with an array of conditions. Here are some of the therapeutic benefits CBGA holds:
- Therapeutic for those with metabolic disorders including Diabetes
- Inhibits the enzyme aldose reductase, a key enzyme involved in diabetic complications including cardiovascular, eye, and nerve damage, as well as the progression of neuropathy
One research paper that has recently propelled CBGA into the media spotlight was a 2022 Oregon State University study on the acidic cannabinoids effect on COVID-19.
In the study CBGA demonstrated the ability to prevent the virus that causes COVID-19 from entering human cells by binding to the spike protein, thus blocking cellular entry of SARS-Cov-2.
This type of interaction, where a drug prevents the binding of the virus to a receptor, has helped patients with both HIV and hepatitis as well.
CBGA may be a minor cannabinoid, but current and upcoming research shows it can be used in major ways.
How is CBGA Made?
CBGA is produced in the trichomes of the cannabis nd hemp plants. It is the precursor to other cannabinoids including CBDA and THCA. This means that CBGA is responsible for creating these other cannabinoids within the plant.
Why Use CBGA?
CBGA may be a minor cannabinoid, but through research it has demonstrated it can be used in major ways. With an array of benefits and even more being unlocked through research, CBGA is a powerful cannabinoid that will be able to help an array of individuals and is one to definitely keep an eye on, both as consumers and in the field of science.