It seems like every day, there is new information about CBD. One of the latest qualities that users are looking into is the cannabinoids. The most well-known cannabinoids are THC and CBD, but there are many others that are worth knowing about. Actually, there is a list of six major cannabinoids and the particular focus of this article is Cannabichromene (CBC).
CBC was first discovered in 1966 and it is a substance that naturally occurs in the hemp plant. Like CBD, it does not have any psychoactive properties. Generally though, CBD is not similar to THC and CBC. The substance is created by enzymatic conversion and it is the precursor to cannabigerol.
What Makes CBC Different?
CBC, unlike THC, does not bind to cannabinoid receptors in the brain. Rather, it interacts with other receptors, such as TRPVI and TRPA1. Upon interacting with these receptors, the substance works to active the receptors and the cannabinoids in one’s system. The interaction then may boost levels of other endocannabinoids in one’s system. This may ultimately be what promotes the therapeutic qualities that the substance offers.
Cannabichromene may provide a number of advantages. Current studies suggest that when CBC interacts with other cannabinoids in one’s system, it promotes the entourage effect. This leads to therapeutic properties, such as a reduction to pain, irritation,
The Potential Benefits of CBC
There are a number of potential benefits associated with CBC. Here are the main conditions that it may be able to combat against:
May Fight Against Cancer
First, CBC may have cancer-fighting properties due to how the substance interacts with anandamide. In addition, CBC may be able to promote uptake of bliss molecules, which work to keep anandamide in the blood stream. In a recent study published in 2012, researchers surmised that CBC may prevent the growth of beast cancer tumors.
May Lead to Chronic Pain Relief
Second, Cannabichromene may be able to promote chronic pain relief. The most recent study, from 2012, indicated that CBD could block pain caused by osteoarthritis. Further, another study indicated that when CBC was combined with THC, it promotes the entourage effect and in turn, it causes anti-inflammatory properties.
May Promote Brain Growth
Third, CBC may promote brain growth. One study analyzed the impact of stem progenitor cells in adult mice and researchers concluded that Cannabichromene improved such cells, which work to generate brain function.
May Work as an Anti-Depressant
Fourth, CBC may function as an antidepressant. The substance has been tested for its impact upon anxiety disorders. One of the most recent studies showed that CBC helped rats cope better during stress tests.
These are just a few of the main potential advantages associated with CBC. A few other likely benefits of Cannabichromene is that it may have anti-bacterial properties and it may be able to fight against acne. Keep in mind that the potential benefits associated with CBC are derived from tests exclusively conducted on animals. None of the evidence is conclusive and there still needs to be a great deal of research.
Is CBC Legal?
One of the most important considerations to take into account concerning CBC is its legality – or lack thereof. Currently, only nine states have legalized marijuana (and ones that contain Cannabichromene). However, it is still federally illegal and there are efforts to enforce federal laws.
Further, marijuana plants are not specifically bred to be high in CBC, therefore it is challenging to find products that are high in the substance.
Overall, CBC is a prominent substance for its therapeutic and other beneficial qualities. There are some brands that do offer marijuana products that are high in Cannabichromene, they are just difficult to find and users need to do their research about the products.