A Look At The Cannabinoids Of Hemp: CBC
Short for cannabichromene, CBC is a cannabinoid you don’t often hear much about. It very rarely gets investigated by science (especially compared to CBD and THC) and isn’t really talked about by those in the know about cannabinoids. Yet, this doesn’t mean CBC has nothing to offer. Quite the contrary, it has a whole range of effects that have been discovered by the little research done. So let’s take a closer look.
WHAT IS CBC
CBC is a major cannabinoid found within both cannabis and hemp. It is non-psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t get you high, and interacts with the body when consumed.
Much like with THC and CBD, CBC is produced in its raw form with CBG, the cannabinoid we covered in our last article. As hemp grows, enzymes within the plant convert CBG-A into CBD-A, THC-A, and CBC-A – the raw forms of these cannabinoids. Each then becomes CBD, THC, and CBC respectively through decarboxylation (a process in which the cannabinoids are heated to activate them).
THE POSSIBLE USES FOR CBC
As mentioned, not a great deal of research has been carried out on CBC, but what has been done has found initial positive results. The following are all characteristics science has uncovered about CBC.
Acts as an Anti-Inflammatory
CBC has been found to reduce swelling as well as inflammation of the intestinal tract in animal studies. It has also been found to do it without activating endocannabinoid receptors within the body, offering a supplementation to the anti-inflammatory properties CBD may have.
Helps Relieve Pain
Research has found CBC is able to fight pain perception by acting upon pathways within the spine. It is theorised this is especially effective when used in conjunction with CBD.
Investigations carried out by the University of Mississippi found that CBC exhibited anti-depressant like qualities in rats, suggesting it partly explained – along with other cannabinoids – the apparent mood elevating qualities of cannabis. Precisely how CBC does this is currently unknown, and needs further investigation.
One of the more unusual characteristics of CBC is its ability to cause neurogenesis – the creation of new brain cells within the hippocampus area of the brain. Much like with all CBC research, investigations into this are still in early days, and need more thorough work.
May Help Prevent the Spread of Cancer
Another very interesting feature of CBC was discovered by a team of Japanese researchers investigating the effect of cannabinoids on cancer. It was found CBC was able to inhibit the growth of cancer cells in mice.
So, as you can see, despite the lack of attention it gets, CBC has a lot of potentials. All of these effects work hand in hand with other cannabinoids to boost and enhance each other in what is known as an “entourage effect”. Much more research is needed to discover the true potentials of CBC, and hopefully, the fascinating research already carried out will lay the groundwork for more. Either way, things are looking positive for CBC. It is worth noting, as Cibdol includes the full natural spectrum of cannabinoids found within hemp, it contains small amounts CBC!