The endless potential of the cannabis plant has been explored and embraced for centuries but the plant has gone through challenging periods in terms of its legality. Thanks to the evolution of technology and the sophistication of science, today we have solid research behind the nature of cannabis and the full range of the valuable cannabinoids it consists of.

While some cannabinoids such as CBD and THC enjoy popularity and are in high demand from consumers looking for natural alternatives to heal conditions such as dementia, various infections, cancer, and more, others remain rarely spoken of but as equally as important.

One of the cannabinoids, which takes part in the “big six” found in the cannabis plant is CBC or cannabichromene. This valuable cannabinoid can be helpful in a range of ways and can be used as therapy for different conditions. Let’s dive in deeper and explore its nature.

The nature and origin of CBC

Similar to CBD and THC, the two main cannabinoids found in cannabis, CBC originates from cannabigerolic acid or CBGA. CBGA is produced by the cannabis plant and is the parent of three main cannabinoids, including tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), and cannabichromenic acid (CBCA). 

The breakdown product is directed towards one of the three by special enzymes. The road of CBC starts from CBGA after which it is transformed into cannabichrome carboxylic acid or CBCA. The final phase of the cannabinoid’s path is turning into CBC once it has been heated or exposed to ultraviolet light.

Unlike THC, which mainly communicates with the CB1 receptors of the endocannabinoid system found within our bodies, CBC has other main sources for communication. CB1 receptors are found in the brain and THC’s ability to interact with them allows for its psychoactive substance to stimulate mind-altering experiences for the consumer, leading to what we call being “high”. On the other hand, CBC interacts with different receptors such as the vanilloid receptor 1 (TRPV1) and the transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 (TRPA1). These two receptors are responsible for pain perception and once CBC launches its effect on them, anandamide and other natural endocannabinoids are released in the body.

When working together, CBC and other cannabinoids from the cannabis plant create the Entourage Effect or cooperate for an enhanced effect on the body.

What can CBC be used for?

CBC has excessive potential from a medical perspective and can provide significant relief for a range of health conditions. The cannabinoid can stimulate neurogenesis by helping strengthen brain cells and can act as an anti-cancer agent by preventing tumor cells from spreading. CBC is also useful for:

Anti-inflammatory cannabinoid – CBC has an almost magical power to cure inflammation without necessarily starting the cannabinoid receptors in the endocannabinoid system. The compound can be used for treating or swelling or inflammation of the intestinal tract. Similar to CBD, its anti-inflammatory characteristics make it a desired alternative to standard pharmaceutical therapy.

Antimicrobial – CBC is a powerful agent capable of tackling bacteria and fungi, which are otherwise difficult to overcome. The spread of bacteria and fungi in the body is often the cause of serious diseases and their fast-paced growth makes them difficult to challenge with standard medicine because of their resistance.

Pain relief – CBC has been proven to be a powerful analgesic, although not as powerful as THC. However, the compound is not toxic, unlike THC, and is, therefore, a preferred treatment for chronic pain or pain related to the treatment of cancer.

Anti-depressant – Like CBD, CBC is successful in treating conditions such as depression and anxiety. Its ability to communicate with certain receptors in the body makes it a strong mood elevator. It is interesting that although CBC does not activate the same brain pathways as THC it is still extremely successful in managing the mood.

Brain supporter As mentioned earlier, CBC is related to effective neurogenesis. In other words, the compound is able to boost the capability of the human body to create and grow brain cells.

Antiproliferate – Among CBC’s vast range of abilities is the power to stop cancer cells from growing and spreading through the body. The compound communicates with the cannabinoid anandamide and through this interaction assists the body in fighting tumor growth.

The list of effects that CBC has on the body does not end here. The compound can also be used to treat acne, help with sleep, and more. The compound is safe to use when compared to THC with its psychoactive nature or other strong medicaments, which may have negative side-effects or cause serious harm to the body when consumed for longer periods of time. The world of cannabinoids is only now starting to be uncovered, revealing the true potential of the powerful compounds. To get the most of your CBC therapy to arrange a consultation with a medical expert who can guide you through the process and make informed suggestions regarding suitable dosing and CBC products.


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