CBG gummy bears are not different from CBD gummies in terms of taste, but their composition and potential benefits are different. This article explains the potential benefits of CBD gummy bears and their potential side effects.
Hemp-derived products such as gummy bears have become the trending herbal remedies in recent years. CBG is the new emerging cannabinoid in the health sector, portraying almost similar powers to CBD. Cannabigerol is referred to as the mother of other cannabinoids. The cannabinoids are derived from CBGA (cannabigerol acid), the acidic form of CBG. The compound itself exists in small quantities in plants. Thus their products are scarce and a bit expensive. The most demanding CBG product is the gummy bears due to their delicious flavor and ability to mask the bitter grassy taste of CBG oil. CBG gummy bears are similar to CBD gummies, but the difference lies in the composition of the cannabinoids like terpenes and THC. To harness their benefits, you need to chew and swallow the gummy as you do other candy types.
What are the Potential Benefits of CBG Gummy Bears?
According to Deiana (2017), like most plant cannabinoids, CBG is processed by the structural body endocannabinoid system (ECS). The system comprises molecules called endocannabinoid and cannabinoid receptors (CB1 & CB2) that are mandated to keep your body in an optimal state despite what is happening in the external environment. Normally, receptors combine with endocannabinoids like anandamide to deliver homeostasis in the body, but after consuming CBD gummy bears, the cannabinoid imitates the functions of the ECS molecules. Instead of the body receptors (CB1 & CB2) binding with the endocannabinoids, they bind with CBG compounds to induce electrical impulses by strengthening the function of anandamide which is responsible for enhancing pleasure, appetite, motivation, and reducing pain. The following are potential health benefits from the CBG and ECS interactions;
CBG Gummy Supports Concentration and Focus
Consumers of CBD gummy bears have filed a report occasionally on how they are crucial in helping them stay focused and concentrated in their daily routines. The possible explanation for this benefit is that CBG has displayed huge potential as a neuroprotectant. It means the cannabinoid can interact with brain receptors to increase the reproduction of neurons (neurogenesis) that support healthy inflammatory functions to enhance greater capacity for you to focus and be attentive.
Enhances Healthy Appetite
The cannabis plant is rich in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a psychoactive compound that stimulates excessive appetite. CBG gummy bears share this appetite-stimulating trait with marijuana. However, the difference is seen in the type of food craving each product induces. THC is reported to bring appetite and craving for junk food, while CBG is more healthy, meaty, and vegetarian, ensuring you add adequate nutrients into your system.
CBD Gummies Can Alleviate Pain and Inflammation
CBD gummies are largely known for their role in supporting healthy responses from the immune system. Gugliandolo et al. (2018) showed that CBG regulates some inflammatory channels in the immune system. Inflammation results from the body's immune system inducing excessive intracellular activities that cause cell damage and body pain even if there is no threat. In such cases, CBG binds with CB2 receptors in the immune system to help support the system for normal inflammatory responses and block pain transmissions to the nervous system, thus reducing the feeling of body irritations or discomfort.
CBG Supports a Healthy Metabolic Process
Most people claim that CBD gummies boost their body energy and weight reduction. Rock et al. (2011) stated that CBG gummy bears are not different. CBG can potentially reduce body fat storage by increasing the body's metabolic rate. The process supports adiposity tissues that boost the cell's chemicals to break down the fatty stored in cells into energy.
It Helps to Treat Glaucoma Disease
Glaucoma is one of the eye disorders that cause vision problems and even blindness for individuals over the age of 65. It damages the eye optic nerve by inducing excessive eye pressure (nerve hypertension). Fortunately, the human eye contains CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors that play a vital job in controlling eye conditions. Upon consuming CBD gummy bears, the compound is transmitted to the optic nerve, which binds with eye receptors to help massively reduce the intraocular pressure level in the eye, thus combating the main cause of glaucoma.
Help in Fighting Cancer Cells and Medicinal Symptoms
CBG gummies are popular in reducing cancer medicinal symptoms such as nausea and vomiting that are responsible for a cancer patient to quit on medication. This help to increase the chances of survival and boost cancer therapy sessions. Additionally, in a study in 2014, researchers observed how CBG fights cloned cancer cells in the rat by blocking the body receptors which help in cancer cell growth. Currently, people with acute cancer are advised by a therapist to consume CBG gummies to decrease the chances of cancer tumor growth.
Alleviate Stress and Anxiety
One major reason people ingest CBD gummies is their potential support in emotional troubles. CBG gummy bears are more prominent and efficient in supporting normal anxiety and stress responses than their famous counterpart, CBD. CBG inhibits the breakdown of brain neurotransmitters, increasing the release of the serotonin hormone. The hormone regulates how the mind perceives negative thoughts. Like CBD, it also decreases the release of stress molecules called cortisol in the brain, which negatively affects a person's mood.
What are the Potential Side Effects of Eating CBD Gummy Bears?
The gummy bears have possible negative effects like other cannabis edibles and supplements. According to Brierley et al. (2016), the side effects mostly emerge from excessive eating and dosing of CBG or using CBG gummy bears for the first time. Conversely, it could also result from the other ingredients used to prepare the delicious edibles. All in all, these are the side effects reported by people after ingesting CBG gummies:
Dizziness and drowsiness mostly result from overdosing or traces of THC on the gummy bears.
Induces dry mouth by decreasing the production of saliva.
Excessive eating of the CBG gummies can bring a feeling of nausea, but drinking more fluids can counterpart the effect.
Excessive weight loss if you take them without enough body hydration.
Rarely it can cause diarrhea.
The Bottom Line
Most clinical research has centered on the two popular cannabinoids ( THC and CBD) making CBG benefits information rare to find. However, as the world's social media grows, cannabis experts and doctors have been able to post the potential health benefits of eating the CBG gummy bears. Apart from the gummies masking the unpleasant flavor associated with cannabis, they can exhibit health benefits starting from stimulating appetite, treating cancer cells and glaucoma, increasing personal concentration to reducing stress and anxiety. However, it is important to consult your physician about dosing before joining the CBG gummy regime to avoid side effects like nausea and dizziness.
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