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What is CBC?October 25, 2018
Today we’re talking about a lesser-known cannabinoid found in the cannabis sativa plant, but it is one of the more abundant chemical compounds found in weed.
Cannabichromene, also known as CBC, is a cannabinoid that can be found in cannabis. Cannabinoids are the naturally-occurring chemical compounds that are secreted by certain parts of the cannabis sativa plant. CBC was discovered in the 1960s and has been found to have several anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.
How Does it Work?
Like CBD, CBC does not bind well with CB1 receptors in the brain and therefore does not produce a euphoric high. Interestingly, CBC does bind well with other receptors in the body -- most notably the vanilloid receptor 1 (TRPV1) and transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 (TRPA1). Both TRPV1 and TRPA1 have to do with how the body sends and receives pain messages to and from the brain. CBC’s interactions with these receptors has been linked to the increased production of the body’s natural endocannabinoids like anandamide, which resulted in significant pain relieving properties in lab studies.
The Entourage Effect and Total Plant Medicine
Research suggests that the use of pure extracts of any cannabinoid or terpene is not as effective as when they are paired with other cannabinoids and terpenes. These compounds have a synergistic effect -- working in tandem to interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system. Studies have shown that consistent use as well as the use of a variety of cannabinoids at different potencies show better results in the treatment of various symptoms. In one study, CBC showed significantly better levels of uptake when introduced with both CBD and THC, rather than just one or the other.
Think of it like taking a multivitamin, the increased and consistent levels of vitamins in your immune system promote the overall efficiency of your immune system and will show improvement over time. Similarly, research suggests that consistency of use of cannabinoids promotes the overall effectiveness of the endocannabinoid system.
Possible Risks of CBC
There is not enough research at this time to provide an accurate assessment of the risks involved in the use of CBC. As always, if you are concerned, you should seek advice from a trusted medical professional.
Disclaimer: Keep out of reach of children. For use only by adults 21 years of age and older.