At Elevate Holistics we get to meet people who’ve had very specific beneficial experiences with cannabis and holistic therapies. And we get to introduce those people (and their knowledge!) to you. Some of these people turn their experiences into passions and livelihoods and awesomely root them in advocacy and helping others.

Our own Aspen Jewel recently interviewed one such person — Alice Mangan of AliceCBD Boutique. Alice shared her story and gave us some fresh insight into cannabis compounds, endocannabinoid deficiency, and some other holistic therapies we were excited to learn about. In this post, she offers insight on CBG vs. THC; how CBG can work better than high-THC for some patients — including herself!

But first, a little about Alice’s story.

Meet Veteran and Registered Nurse Alice Mangan

Several years back, Alice, a veteran and ICU nurse, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) and became disabled. “I had already had several diagnoses with chronic major depressive disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, bulging discs and others — what seemed like unrelated things.” She was taking pharmaceuticals, injections even. However, the side effects worsened her condition, and she eventually felt hopeless.

It was at this time she stumbled across a group of veterans that was exploring cannabis and other alternative therapies that might help prevent the staggering number of veteran suicides. Long story short, she discovered the amazing benefits of cannabis compounds and other holistic therapies. Some scientists and doctors are studying and using these to bring balance back to out-of-whack endocannabinoid systems (ECSs) — including her own! 

Alice played a major role in legalizing medical cannabis in Missouri. She has helped many people in many ways find healing through cannabis and other holistic methods.

What Alice Has Learned About CBG

When asked about what she has learned since her deep dive into the world of cannabis and holistic medicine, Alice talked about cannabigerol (CBG) and how it can help moderate unwanted THC effects.

Alice Mangan (R.N., Veteran): CBG is becoming kind of a fun molecule in the cannabis plant. It's not psychoactive. Well, okay, it is psychoactive. I love that it's psychoactive. It's not inebriating. It's not going to cause you to feel high. Actually it's kind of the opposite, where I have a lot of people that use cannabis as medicine, they might accidentally go over the dose. I'm not saying they're overdosing, dying. They go over the dose, so they technically are overdosing and getting undesirable effects that are over what is beneficial for them and they feel like they need to come down a little bit, or they're a little too spacey. CBG loves the CB1 receptor just like THC.

Aspen Jewel (Elevate Holistics): Fill it up. It's going to steal its receptor.

Alice Mangan (R.N., Veteran): Just a little bit there. And it kind of brings THC down to a more manageable level and it doesn't destroy it. It just kind of competes for that receptor, and you can get focused but still have your body relief that a lot of people are using cannabis for these days.

CBG Might Work Better Than THC

Alice then talks about how the CBG cannabinoid and CBG flower may work better for people. Especially for those who might experience anxiety with high-THC cannabis or who need to be able to calmly focus throughout the day. 

Alice Mangan (R.N., Veteran): I tried using just cannabis when I'm nervous, and it kind of made me a little more nervous. So this has been kind of a lifesaver for me. I'm kind of enjoying it, and it's kind of fun. And the way that they're finding that CBG is working, it's been reported, and I have customers that come back to me tell me that if they would've started with a CBG or CBG flower, they may have never even explored cannabis because they feel like they're getting better benefits that are more calming, especially to be able to use it day in and day out, than fully loaded, THC products.

For more about CBG and other holistic therapies, check out AliceCBD online

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