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Are you interested in learning more about CBG oil for dogs? The good news is that scientists are learning more about this compound, found in full spectrum hemp oils for dogs, such as LolaHemp. This article will review what we do know about this phytocannabinoid, as well as the gaps in our knowledge to date.
The Endocannabinoid System
In the last 20 years, scientific researchers have identified a new biological system, known as the Endocannabinoid System. It uses specialized enzymes as well as neural receptors and transmitters to regulate a variety of vital life functions. In fact, this system promotes homeostasis, in other words balance, to regulate several function including: mood, metabolism, sleep, gut function, skin health, immune function, cell growth, and more.
In case you are wondering…. Yes, your dog has an Endocannabinoid System! In fact, all mammals do. This system works both through enzymes produced in the body itself, known as endocannabinoids, as well as the introduction of compounds found in cannabis plants, known as Phytocannabinoids.
The Entourage Effect
Early on, researchers discovered that there were health benefits of the two most common compounds found in cannabis, THC and CBD. However, they also learned that the various phytocannabinoids, over 80 identified to date, worked better when used in combination. They dubbed this phenomenon “The Entourage Effect.”
Today, we will look at one such phytocannabinoid, Cannabigerol, otherwise known as CBG oil.
Potential Health Benefit of Cannabigerol for Dogs
Research into the potential health benefits of endocannabinoids has been happening since these compounds were first isolated in a laboratory about 20 years ago. The two most common compounds, THC and CBD, have been the focus of most medical research efforts.
However, CBG, the second most common compound found in hemp (a special low THC strain of cannabis), has become a recent focus in scientific research on murine models and laboratory animals. Although it is certainly behind research on CBD and THC, the results of a few dozen research studies have shown encouraging results.
Because it is one of the non-psychoactive cannabinoids, meaning it does not cause a “high” like THC does, CBG has been the subject of dozens of laboratory studies into its various potential health benefits.
Here are a few of the more robust findings:
Neuroprotection and Autoimmune Disease
Cannabigerol has been shown to have neuroprotective properties. This means that CBG may help protect against nerve damage by providing an anti-inflammatory effect and boosting antioxidant defense systems.
Research is ongoing, but CBG appears to play a role in regulating bladder control. It turns out that the bladder has a high concentration of cannabinoid receptors, suggesting that the Endocannabinoid System plays an important role in promoting homeostasis in this system.
CBG specifically has been identified as providing improved bladder control in lab studies on Overactive Bladder Syndrome (OAB) and Detrusor Overactivity (DO).
Researchers have known for at least a decade that the Endocannabinoid System plays a critical role in cancer. The two most studied cannabinoids, THC and CBD have both been repeatedly shown to exert anti-tumor properties in various types of cancer. They seem to do at least some of this work by interfering with TRP (transient receptor potential) channels that play a vital role in carcinogenesis (tumor formation).
CBG is known to be an TRPM8 antagonist, a specific channel that is implicated in various forms of cancer. Although the study of the less prevalent cannabinoid, cannabigerol, is not as well developed, early results are promising. Specifically, CBG has been shown to have tumor shrinking properties in studies looking at:
CBG, like other phytocannabinoids, has been shown to have antibacterial properties. When it comes to CBG for dogs, it is possible that the CBG in full spectrum hemp oil may help improve the antibacterial action of this natural remedy. This may offer an advantage for full spectrum hemp oil when used topically to prevent infection on areas of damaged skin from itching and scratching, although more research needs to be done to investigate this potential health benefit.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
The gut is another place in the body of mammals where high concentrations of cannabinoid receptors can be found. In fact, CBD, another cannabinoid found in hemp, is known to regulate gut motility, protect the intestinal barrier, and play an important role in the brain-gut axis.
More specifically, CBG has been shown in laboratory studies on rats to offer significant improvement in disorders of the gut such as Colitis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).
Many holistic veterinarians and dog owners have found that hemp oil has improved their canine companion’s digestion. Although much of this activity may be from the common cannabinoid CBD, even trace amounts of CBG found in full spectrum hemp oil, such as LolaHemp organic oil for dogs, may boost this benefit.
Veterinary research, which is usually at least a decade behind medicine developed for humans, has yet to do dog specific studies on the potential health benefits of CBG. However, many veterinarians, encouraged by cannabis based medical research for people and the well-known safety profile of CBD for dogs, have advocated to protect vets who want to prescribe cannabis based medicines their furry patients.
It is likely that we will see continued research on the potential health benefits of CBG oil for both people and dogs in the years to come. Cannabis based medical research is currently in a rapid state of expansion, with a recent trend to study the pharmacology of novel phytocannabinoids such as CBG.
Full Spectrum Hemp Oil
The best way to make sure that your dog’s hemp oil contains CBG is to make sure you purchase an organic full spectrum hemp oil such as that offered here at LolaHemp.
Full spectrum oils are often times more expensive for one big reason: Full spectrum oils must start with high quality organic hemp, since herbicides and pesticides used in cultivation can be concentrated in whole plant extracts. On the other hand, many CBD isolates are made from lower quality hemp because the chemical process used produces a pure CBD crystal, regardless of the presence of contaminants in the source material.
However, at LolaHemp, we think the difference in quality is worth it! The presences of other cannabinoids and terpenes found in whole plant extracts offer the added benefits of The Entourage Effect.
After all, we were inspired to bring a high quality full spectrum hemp oil to the market because of its benefits for our rescue dog, Lola. We wouldn’t have it any other way!