The Cannabinoid ‘CBC’

What is the Cannabinoid ‘CBC’

While cannabichromene (CBC) is still a very new compound in the cannabinoid space, early research shows it may be one of the most abundant non-intoxicating cannabinoids found in hemp plants. It may be more effective than CBD.

Most cannabinoids aren’t active until they are heated. This chemical reaction is known as decarboxylation. 

Although cannabichromene, or CBC, is overshadowed by its sister compounds CBD, CBG & THC, it has been shown to have profound health benefits. Similar to CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBC cannabinoid comes from cannabigerolic acid (CBGa) and isn’t usually extracted from hemp flower. CBGa is like the stem cell compound that is the starting point of many different cannabinoids. Enzymes cause it to convert into a cannabichromene carboxylic acid (CBCa). Over time, or if exposed to heat CBCa will break down and become cannabichromene.

Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found in hemp plants that interact with our endocannabinoid system (or ECS). The ECS influences sleep, memory, appetite, and more. Our ECS is a complex network located all over the human body and functions through cannabinoid receptors and enzymes that metabolize cannabinoids. There are two primary receptors: CB1 and CB2.

CB1 receptors are located throughout the body, but the highest concentrations are found in several brain regions, which modulate the psychoactive effects we feel from some cannabinoids. 

CB2 receptors, aren’t nearly as widespread and are only found in immune cells and some neurons.

CBC Effects

Since CBC doesn’t have any intoxicating effects, you get its benefits without feeling the “high.” 

CBC appears to stimulate CB2 receptors while having no real effect on CB1 receptors. Even more, CBC interacts with transient receptor potential (TRP) channels. Both TRP channels and the ECS play a role in pain and inflammation.

Even though CBC doesn't appear to cause significant activity in CB1 receptors, some studies suspect that beyond CBC's anti-inflammatory properties, it may positively impact neurogenesis (the process of how new neurons are formed in the brain - more on this below).

CBC Benefits

CBC was first investigated for its relationship with cancer in 2006 as part of a study designed to better understand the effects of cannabinoids other than THC on tumor size and cancer progression. Over the years, it was shown that CBC may have anti-proliferative attributes since it inhibits the growth of cancerous tumors. This could be a result of its interaction with anandamide (an endocannabinoid, which our body produces naturally). CBC inhibits the uptake of anandamide, which allows it to stay in the bloodstream longer. Anandamide is a neurotransmitter that binds to cannabinoid receptors in the brain and body, stimulating a sense of happiness and mental wellness. Anandamide is a brain chemical that's been called the “bliss molecule” for the role it plays in producing feelings of happiness. The body breaks down anandamide very fast, so the happy feeling doesn't last, the significance is that CBC slows this process down.

A study from 2013 investigated CBC’s potential to promote the formation of cells that handle the passage of neurotransmitters throughout the brain and nervous system, and increased concentrations of these cells may reduce the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative conditions. a process known as neurogenesis or brain growth to you and me. Protecting brain cell integrity could have far-reaching consequences for severe neural conditions.

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Other benefits include but are not limited to:

  • Fights Bacteria and Fungi. CBC exhibits “strong” antibacterial effects on a variety of gram-positive, gram-negative, and acid-fast bacteria; It also shows “mild to moderate” activity against different types of fungi too.
  • Reduce edema (swelling) as well as inflammation of the intestinal tract. CBC appears to fight inflammation without activating cannabinoid receptors, producing a stronger effect when combined with other cannabinoids.
  • Although it is not as strong as THC, CBC can contribute to the overall analgesic effects of cannabis. It fights pain by “interacting with several targets involved in the control of pain” at the spinal level. And because it is non-intoxicating, scientists are hopeful that these cannabis compounds can be used to treat pain – without the high.
  • CBC has also been a successful remedy for migraines.

Should You Include CBC in Your Daily Routine the same way as CBD?

CBC is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in hemp that may positively affect the human body. CBC has been shown to work more effectively with other cannabinoids as part of the 'entourage effect'. CBC Isolate end-user products aren’t available as yet. Most consumer products include CBC blended with CBD and/or CBG for that reason. Take advantage of CBC and 8 other cannabinoids in our full-spectrum Full Altitude blend. Remember, all of MINORTAUR’S products come with a lab report, including full cannabinoid and terpene profiles. You'll be able to see which cannabinoids are in your tincture, giving you peace of mind in knowing what you're putting in your body.

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You can even add CBD oil to your favorite beverages, or keep it simple and by holding a few drops under your tongue. However you choose to use CBD, a full spectrum blend will give you a broader scope of what cannabinoids and terpenes have to offer.