CBC (Cannabichromene) Guide
The hemp plant contains at least 113 different cannabinoids, with CBD and THC being the most well known. Decades of research have provided valuable information about how these substances interact with our bodies, and what benefits they may give us. Naturally, this means that a fair portion of the limelight has been taken by these two media-darling cannabinoids. What you may not know, however, is that there are a whole host of other possible cannabinoids waiting in the wings.
CBC, or cannabichromene, is one of them. CBC was discovered over half a century ago and is considered one of the main 6 cannabinoids deemed worth further medical and scientific research. CBC may not be as ‘popular’ as THC or CBD, but it has a lot of potential. So what do we know about CBC?
What are the benefits of CBC?
CBC may be a relative unknown in public circles, but a significant amount of time and effort has gone into exploring how CBC can be harnessed for our benefit.
CBC and Cancer
As the scientific community began exploring other cannabinoids other than THC for cancer-fighting properties, a study in 2006 pointed to CBC as a possible candidate. The results showed that alongside CBG, CBC had the potential to inhibit the growth of tumors. More recent research has also come to similar conclusions, highlighting CBC’s potential.
CBC and Inflammation
CBD is well known for its potential to help deal with inflammation and soreness, and it seems CBC may have similar effects. CBC may have the ability to block pain, as shown in studies on patients with collagen-induced osteoarthritis.
CBC and Acne
Acne is a condition brought on by excess sebum production, and inflammation of your sebaceous glands. CBC’s anti-inflammatory properties can be put to good use here, with studies showing CBC performing well in testing, as well as suppressing excessive lipid production in the sebaceous glands. There is plenty of work still to be done, but CBC as part of your skin-care regimen may not be too far away.
CBC and brain stimulation
Neural Stem Progenitor Cells, or NSPC’s, are essential in ensuring your brain functions healthily. A 2013 study on mice found that NSPCs became more viable when exposed to CBC, leading to exciting theories about CBC’s future role in Alzheimer’s research and studies into other neurological disorders. Again, we’re in the early stages, but it’s interesting nonetheless.
CBC working with other cannabinoids
One thing that jumps out time and again when looking at CBC research is just how well it performs when combined with other cannabinoids. Research into depression and inflammation both leaned towards CBC being more effective as part of a larger picture, even though it can do reasonably well on its own.
This is referred to as the Entourage Effect, where cannabinoids work in synergy to boost their already remarkable properties. The theory is that while cannabinoids have their individual positive qualities, patients with various ailments may benefit from a fuller range of cannabinoids working together. While nothing is yet concrete, studies are certainly beginning to provide evidence for this.
Will CBC get me high?
CBC comes from the cannabis plant, and you could be forgiven for thinking that it can get you high. However, just like CBD, CBC is considered a non-psychoactive compound. This means that CBC will not get you high as THC does. CBC is one of over 113 confirmed cannabinoids, and like the majority of them, works on completely different parts of your body than THC.
Is CBC legal?
As it currently stands, as long as your hemp product contains less than 0.3% THC, it is classified as legal in the USA. Many hemp products contain full-spectrum CBD, which contains the full range of cannabinoids available in the hemp plant, with the notable exception of THC. CBC is one of these cannabinoids.
Always check with your local laws before purchasing any hemp product, and ensure you check for a COA when buying. A COA, or 3rd party lab report, will confirm that the product you’re buying is free from any restricted substances.
Where can I buy CBC?
CBC is still in its early stages, and much like its cousins CBD and CBG it needs to go through the long process of quality control, research, and savvy marketing before CBC based products hit the shelves in earnest. However as mentioned above, full-spectrum CBD products contain a wide range of cannabinoids- you may even say the full spectrum. This means that if the product you’re purchasing is full-spectrum, it will contain at least low levels of CBC.
It may not stay this way for long though- at least 8 patents for products containing CBC or CBC derivatives have already been submitted by interested parties. If the research into CBC continues to be this promising, we may see CBC based products in no time at all.
CBC may only just be popping up on the radar, but it’s not going anywhere any time soon. It may have taken a back seat to CBD and THC in years gone by, but as the scientific community continues to make greater and greater strides in researching cannabis, it’s clear to see that CBC could be a major player.
All of our CBD flower is full-spectrum, so expect at least a small amount of CBC in your next purchase. Check out our current stock in our online store, and read the 3rd party lab reports to break each flower down by cannabinoid content.
If you’re interested in other cannabinoids, from CBD to CBG, check out our other blog posts as well. They’re packed full of useful information about our current strains, tasty recipes, and FAQs about hemp in general. We’re passionate about what we grow, and we want to share that knowledge with you.