You may be familiar with many major and minor cannabinoids, such as THC, CBD, CBN, and CBG, but you likely haven’t heard of CBC (cannabichromene). It is not a new cannabinoid, because it was discovered more than fifty years ago. This is the third most prominent cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant, after CBD and THC. It hasn’t received much attention from researchers in the past, but CBC’s benefits are extremely promising in the future.
How Does CBC Work?
CBC has the exact origins of both THC and CBD. They all originate from cannabigerol acid (CBGA). The specific plant enzymes help the breakdown of the product into different cannabinoids. For CBC, it converts from CBGA into cannabichromene carboxylic acid (CBCA) and then finally to CBC after exposure to heat and direct sunlight. Like other cannabinoids, CBC also interacts with certain receptors of the endocannabinoid system, mostly the receptors are linked with pain and sensitivity.
According to a study, CBC has great potential to treat pain, even chronic pain. CBC may be more potent than CBD in treating various other health issues but still, it lacks studies and research. CBC has unique properties and could possibly be more useful than CBD to elevate the mood. In contrast, CBC does not produce a head-high like THC.
Medicinal Potential Of CBC
- Chronic pain affects the quality of life. Sometimes it gets harder to do the daily life chores. Different cannabinoids like CBD showed promising results in reducing pain and with pain management. Still, researchers are trying to unveil the potential of new cannabinoids in pain management. According to a study, cannabichromene has been shown to block pain. Cannabinoids like CBC work differently on swelling and reducing pain. This study supports that CBC reduces pain more effectively in the presence of CBD. This study supports the entourage effect. In the entourage effect, two or more than two cannabinoids work together in synergy and produce more effective results. So, you can suppose that CBC may increase the effectiveness of CBD in reducing pain.
- In an animal study, CBC had a positive effect on neural stem cells. These cells are important for brain functions.
- CBC may prove to be a revolutionary ingredient in skin care. It has great potential to treat many skin issues. Acne is a major skin concern in young adults, and there are several reasons for it. Excessive sebum is also one of the main reasons for acne. A dermatological study supports that CBC helps to reduce sebum production.
- According to a study, CBC, along with other plant-based cannabinoids, is great for treating acne in some different ways. This study considers CBC as a great anti-acne agent. As many cannabinoid-based skin products are available in the market and these products are backed by solid researchers so CBC products may have a tough time competing with already existing products. More clinical trials and studies are needed to support the purported effects of CBC on skin-related issues.
- CBC is claimed as a great cannabinoid to enhance the feeling of relaxation and calmness. According to some researchers from the University of Mississippi, CBC has similar effects to CBD and THC in reducing the various symptoms of mood disorder. Again, it will require substantially more research on CBC and its potential benefits. Still, it’s a long way to go.
Some Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What Is The Legal Status Of CBC?
According to Farm Bill 2018, hemp-derived products having 0.3 percent THC are legal. So on this basis; you can say that CBD derived from hemp is legal. Permission of CBC from any other source like marijuana may be illegal or may require a medical marijuana license, but laws vary from state to state and are constantly changing, so be aware of these laws before getting into the sale and purchase of CBC. If you are into CBC products, you must go through state laws to stay on the safer side or avoid any future inconvenience.
Q. Does CBC Have Any Side Effects?
Research on CBC is in its infancy, and researchers are trying to explore its true potential and also its effects in a combined form with other cannabinoids. It may have possible side effects like other cannabinoids, but there is still no solid research on these side effects. You can expect that researchers will also focus on exploring its side effects along with its benefits.
Q. Which CBC Product Is Available In The Market?
CBC tincture and CBC oil are the most common products available in the market. According to some manufacturers, formulating CBC products is easier when a concentrated ingredient (such as oil) is used. Many people still confuse CBC oil or tinctures with CBD oil and tinctures. CBD and CBC are both cannabinoids but different in all aspects. So read the label carefully.
Q. What Is The Correct Dose Of CBC?
Studies on CBC and its dose is limited or not backed by any solid research. So, it is better to use it in small quantities to know its effects on your body. Usually, the dose is written on the label of the CBC product so use the product according to the instructions. If you are a new user of cannabinoids, then you can take advice from your health care practitioner to avoid any possible side effects.
Wrapping Up The Things
The CBD market has been saturated, and most manufacturers are looking for new cannabinoids for their products to attract new customers. CBC is a promising cannabinoid and has great potential to capture the cannabis market. The problem is that researchers did not pay much attention to it in the past, but its therapeutic future seems bright. This requires more research and clinical trials to determine its power and effectiveness. Researchers should also focus on its combined effects with other cannabinoids (an entourage effect) to know how this cannabinoid works better. It is time to pay attention to other neglected cannabinoids like CBC to revolutionize the medical science and cannabis industry.