Unless you have been living under a rock you are probably familiar with CBD oil products and have probably even tried them, but you may not know about some of the global discoveries about lesser known, minor cannabinoids.
CBC (no not a typo) is a non psychotropic cannabinoid with the same origins as CBD and THC and is showing real promise for the health potential to treat conditions including depression, acne and even cancer.
What is CBC?
If you google CBC you will likely find ‘complete blood count’ info, but Cannabichromene (CBC) is actually the third most prevalent cannabinoid, and like CBD will not get you high. Since it’s discovery in 1966, it has not had the same rise to fame as CBD and THC, but it has had several scientific studies with impressive outcomes.
As with cannabis in general, CBC has shown itself to have stand alone anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-cancer and anti-depressant properties, as well as the ability to have a positive effect on the viability of neural stem progenitor cells.
CBC for Acne
In one study, CBC was found to suppress sebum production and ‘significantly reduce arachidonic acid (AA)-induced ‘acne-like’ lipogenesis’. Acne is one of the most common skin conditions, characterised by increased sebum production and inflammation of the sebaceous glands. It is often treated with high strength topical and oral medications. It can lead to scarring and is also linked to mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression. This breakthrough study, combined with the potent anti-inflammatory effects of CBC makes for exciting potential in this area.
CBC for Pain
We know that cannabinoids are often taken for pain, and medical cannabis containing THC is prescribed in UK for pain. The research shows us that CBC seems to work best on pain when used in combination with THC, actually enhancing the effects of the THC perhaps due to the entourage effect CBC enhances the effects of THC, including its anti-inflammatory actions.
CBC for Depression
CBD is well known for its use as an anti anxiety and mood boosting properties, however the growing research around lesser known cannabinoids such as CBC suggest that CBD may not be the best choice for mental health conditions like depression.. There are multiple studies demonstrating how Cannabichromene can significantly reduce depression
Like every component of the cannabis plant, CBC works by binding to receptors in the body and will affect everyone differently depending on their state of health and needs. The mood-elevating benefits of CBC are most likely to come from this cannabinoid’s ability to bind to and activate the CB2 receptor – one type of endocannabinoid receptor which, when activated, does not produce a euphoric high, like CB1, but supports the synthesis and release of the endocannabinoid anandamide, also known as the ‘bliss molecule’. It is also thought that CBC reduces the bodies speed of erosion of anandamide making these benefits last longer.
CBC is a minor cannabinoid and is therefore lesser known, harder to come by and more expensive than others such as CBD. This is why research into CBC’s potential is still in it’s infancy. The growing body of evidence does suggest this cannabinoid has a place on your supplement list alongside your CBD and CBG, especially if you are looking to target some of these areas discussed.
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