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From Pain to Sleep Improvement: How CBN and CBG Can Improve Your Health & Wellness

CBN & CBG: What's The Hype?
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In recent years, the world of medical cannabis has witnessed a surge in scientific research and public interest. As the understanding of cannabis compounds deepens, two cannabinoids have emerged from the shadows, captivating researchers and healthcare professionals alike – Cannabigerol (CBG) and Cannabinol (CBN). These lesser-known cannabinoids hold immense promise and are becoming focal points of exploration for their unique therapeutic properties.

While the research surrounding CBG and CBN is still in its nascent stages, the preliminary findings and anecdotal evidence are encouraging. As the medical cannabis industry continues to evolve, so does our understanding of these cannabinoids and their therapeutic applications. From pain management and inflammation reduction to sleep regulation and appetite stimulation, CBG and CBN hold immense promise as potential natural treatments.

It is important to note that medical cannabis treatments, including those utilizing CBG and CBN, should be approached with caution and under the guidance of healthcare professionals like those at Apollo Clinics. Understanding the nuances of dosing, interactions, and potential side effects is crucial for safe and effective implementation.

CBG and CBN: How they Interact with the Body’s Endocannabinoid System 

CBG, an abbreviation for Cannabigerol, is naturally present in cannabis plants in the form of its acidic precursor, CBGA. CBGA is responsible for the production of THCA and CBDA, which upon heating, convert into THC and CBD, respectively. Due to this, it is necessary for producers to harvest the cannabis plants before the conversion process or extract CBG specifically from other cannabinoids using laboratory techniques. These procedures can be challenging, resulting in the unavailability of CBG products in most dispensaries.

However, despite the difficulty in obtaining CBG, recent medical research has demonstrated its potential benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties, pain relief, and increased appetite stimulation. Additionally, CBG has been shown to protect the brain by promoting neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to recover and regenerate after injury.

On the recreational front, CBG interacts with receptors that affect concentration and mood, leading to positive effects on focus and serotonin activity. It also counterbalances THC’s effects, creating a milder euphoric effect. 

CBN is created by the degradation of THCA, which occurs when cannabis is exposed to light, air oxidation, or extended storage. CBN interacts with receptors in the body that differ from THC, which allows it to work together with THC and intensify its intoxicating and sedative effects. Many people believe that CBN’s sedative effects are excellent for promoting sleep, but this actually a bit more complicated than that. While aged cannabis does contain higher amounts of CBN, it also contains elevated levels of sedative sesquiterpenes, which could be responsible for the sleepy effects. Additionally, CBN’s interaction with other cannabinoids may amplify the effects of the other organic compounds.

In a study where participants were given pure THC, CBN, or a combination of both, CBN did not produce sedation or intoxication on its own. Only when the two compounds were combined did participants report feeling dizzier, euphoric, and drowsy than when using THC alone.

On the medical front, CBN may have more potent effects on the immune system than on the nervous system (which is where THC works). Research has shown that CBN has numerous health benefits, including anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anticonvulsant properties that may help with seizures, although it is weaker than THC and CBD. It may also have neuroprotective and analgesic effects, but further research is necessary to understand the long-term implications of CBN use.

The Potential Health Benefits of CBG and CBN in Medical Cannabis

CBG may be used to treat neurological conditions like Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis.

It may also be used for:

-Pain relief without the intoxicating effect of THC

-Sex hormonal dysregulations

-Inflammatory bowel disease

-Antibacterial activity

-Eating disorders

-Skin conditions

-Bone healing

Additionally, some studies have hypothesized that CBG may be an effective anticonvulsant and may lessen seizures in animal models. To confirm these results and evaluate the potential medical applications of CBG in people, additional study is required.

Potential applications of CBN may include:

-Pain relief for chronic muscle pain disorders

-Inhibiting keratinocyte proliferation

-Anti-inflammatory effects

-Neuroprotective effects

-Stimulating appetite

-Pain relief

-Sleep aid

To confirm these results and evaluate the potential medical applications of CBN in people, additional study is required.

How to Use CBG and CBN for Optimal Health Benefits and Symptom Relief

From what research has found so far, here is how you can utilize CBN & CBG for different medical conditions:

CBG may have the potential to help manage chronic pain and many other conditions. Using an ingestible oil or edible, taking the medication 1-3 times a day can ensure optimal coverage and prevent flair ups of unwanted symtpoms like pain.

CBN oil may potentially be a sleep aid or to be consumed in the evening as it could have a psychoactive and sedative effect. If you are taking your CBN orally, it would be beneficial to take it at least 1-2h before bedtime for optimal results. As you may know already, oral medication can take up to 1-2h to make its effect and last 8-12h in your system. 

If you are interested to introduce CBG or CBN as a part of your medical treatment plan or to have more information about the potential benefits of these cannabinoids, always seek the help of a healthcare professional before starting a new treatment. Apollo offers free medical cannabis appointments Canada-Wide. You will receive a consultation with a Health Care professional, a personalized treatment plan, and education for dosing, titrations, products and strains with ongoing 7 days week support. 

Simply book your free appointment or give us a call at 1-877-560-9195, and let’s start your path to wellness together!



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