According to the most up-to-date info available, anxiety disorders affect nearly 20% of the US population. Keep in mind, that data was collected between 2001-2003.
A lot has happened since then (looking at you, 2020...and 2021...), so we could speculate that number is a bit higher by now.
But don’t let that thought induce more anxious feelings. Because a lot has happened in the way of addressing anxiety disorders and mental health care since then too.
In particular, we’ve taken a closer look at the effects of pharmaceuticals, and we’ve taken a closer look at alternatives to them, like natural remedies. And one natural remedy continues to stand out: cannabis. Or more specifically, cannabis’s active chemical compounds, known as phytocannabinoids or cannabinoids.
You’ve probably heard of the cannabinoids tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) and their possible anti-anxiety effects. Maybe you’ve even found some success with them.
But if they haven’t quite cut it, or if you want something non-intoxicating, consider exploring the lesser-known, more potent cannabinoid known as cannabigerol, or CBG.
Sometimes called the “mother of all cannabinoids,” CBG is the initial form of major cannabinoids like THC and CBD. It’s most prevalent in low-THC cannabis plants, AKA hemp, although you can also find it in high-THC cannabis plants, AKA marijuana.
MARIJUANA > 0.3% THC | HEMP < 0.3% THC
Usually, when cannabis is exposed to ultraviolet light or heat, like the sun, its CBG converts into other cannabinoids like THC or CBD.
However, the farmers behind Qiwi, the world’s first CBG cigarette, have developed a technique that preserves CBG throughout the plant’s growth cycle by doing XYZ so we can more effectively harness the benefits of using CBG for anxiety.
To understand how CBG can be used for anxiety, we have to understand how CBG works within the body.
CBG interacts with our Endocannabinoid System (ECS) similar to THC and CBD.
The ECS is a communication system in the body responsible for keeping everything in balance. Made up of receptors that are stimulated by cannabinoids and enzymes that break down those cannabinoids, it has a hand in everything from digestion to mood.
Like THC, CBG can activate both of the ECS’s receptors, in turn helping to restore balance and reduce anxiety. But unlike THC, CBG is non-intoxicating, so using CBG for anxiety won’t induce the paranoia that THC might.
CBG may also be useful for anxiety because evidence suggests it acts as a serotonin antagonist and reuptake inhibitor (SARI). You might recognize that acronym because it’s what many anti-anxiety and antidepressant pharmaceuticals are, except CBG is a natural option. Although more research is needed, it appears that by acting as a SARI, CBG can help to boost serotonin levels in the brain, in turn improving mood.
Some anxiety-related conditions, like PTSD, are thought to be associated with an overactive sympathetic nervous system (SNS), which can lead to an exaggerated response to triggers. Evidence suggests that CBG stimulates a certain receptor in the brain that can help decrease this extreme response, though more research is needed to confirm these findings.
Using CBG for anxiety is gaining traction as research continues to explore this powerful cannabinoid. That’s a good thing, but be wary. Scientific discoveries mean more and more CBG products are going to pop up on the market, and not all CBG is created equal. It’s important to be discerning when choosing the right CBG product to help with your anxiety.
At Qiwi, our CBG cigarettes are made of 100% hemp flower. No additives, no pesticides, and no tobacco. Plus, they’re rolled in additive-free rice paper, making them one of the cleanest smokable products available. This is all well and good, but the biggest benefit of smoking Qiwi CBG cigarettes is that you’re inhaling your CBG.
If you want to use CBG for anxiety, you’re going to want something that reacts to anxious feelings as quickly as they come on. You want something that can kick in like right now. CBG can easily do that, but only when inhaled.
Using a CBG sublingual oil for anxiety may help, but it can take substantially longer to kick in than inhaling CBG because most of it will be routed through your digestive system. When you smoke a clean Qiwi CBG cigarette, the effects are nearly immediate because the CBG is sent directly into your bloodstream through your lungs.
Simply inhale, exhale, and embrace the power of CBG for anxiety.