All About CBC
CBC is one of the most promising and exciting new cannabinoids that CannaAid has started to include in our product lines! While the experienced cannabis user may be familiar with other cannabinoids besides plain CBD, few are aware of how many cannabinoids are available for use and the many health benefits they offer. That’s because these cannabinoids can be far more expensive and difficult to grow and manufacture than just traditional CBD. However, CannaAid prides itself on researching and isolating as many beneficial cannabinoids as possible and bringing them to our shelves so our customers can experience their effects. In past articles, we’ve broken down the benefits of CBN, CBG and THCV – all newer cannabinoids that are just now making waves in the industry. However, aside from these three, there are several other cannabinoids that can help users in unexpected ways. One of these cannabinoids is called CBC (cannabichromene), that is less known than CBN and CBG. And that’s because there is still a ton of research being done on CBC and how exactly it impacts users. However, despite the fact that CBC is fairly new on the market, it seems to be garnering a whole lot of attention – and for all the right reasons.
In order to understand CBC, let’s first talk about cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found in hemp plants that interact with our endocannabinoid system, which influences sleep, memory, appetite, etc. Similar to CBD, CBC does not bond with our CB1 cannabinoid receptors in the brain. However, it does bond with other receptors in the body, such as the vanilloid receptor 1 (TRPV1) and transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 (TRPA1). When it bonds to these two receptors, it stimulates the release of anandamide, one of the body’s own pain-fighting compounds. Therefore, CBC has been shown to significantly help manage pain.
In addition to being what some call a “pain fighting powerhouse”, CBC has also been shown to curb inflammation. In fact, a 2010 study showed that CBC and CBD were more effective as anti-inflammatories together than on their own. That’s why most products you find will contain both CBC and CBD.
One of the most unique benefits of CBC is that it’s shown to help reduce acne, thanks to the same anti-inflammatory properties mentioned above. Additionally, a 2016 study showed that CBC also functions as an antiviral and antibacterial as well, especially if its used topically. It’s important to note that CBD also has its own antibacterial properties as well. In fact, CBC and CBD actually work best when used together.
CBC has proven to have many medical benefits, including some that researches are still learning about. In 2013 a study performed on mice showed that CBC actually had a positive effect on neural stem progenitor cells (NSPCs), which are cells that are absolutely essential to healthy brain function (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23941747/).According to the study, this shows a lot of promise in combating things like “oxidative stress, inflammation, toxicity—that create neurological diseases and brain pathologies like Alzheimer’s disease” (PUBMED).
CBC vs. CBD
As mentioned above, CBC and CBD actually work best when used together. However, CBC and CBD are both non-intoxicating, unlike THC which is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis. Although there’s been far more studies conducted on CBD, CBC has been showing just as much promise as the other better-known cannabinoid. In fact, CBC has actually shown just as much promise as CBG (cannabigerol) in its potential to target cancerous tumors.
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