We’ve all heard about the cannabinoids THC and CBD. They have been taking the health and wellness industry by storm for the last 50 years or so. But do you know that there are other cannabinoids too? Yes! There are hundreds of them!
What are Cannabinoids?
There are a lot of things that can be found in the Cannabis plant. There are terpenes, aromatic compounds that are responsible for the unique scent that each cannabis strain produces. There are also flavonoids, chemical compounds that are responsible for the plant’s pigmentation. Lastly, there are also cannabinoids. These compounds interact with the endocannabinoid system’s receptors to produce a unique effect, primarily medical.
What is Cannabichromene?
Today, let’s talk about CBC, one of the big six cannabinoids found in the Cannabis plant. It’s the third most abundant cannabinoid in the cannabis plant. It’s also known as the “sibling” of THC and CBD because it also came from their precursor, CBG. CBC or Cannabichromene is a major non-psychoactive compound. So unlike THC, CBC is non-intoxicating and won’t produce that euphoric high. This is because it binds poorly with the CB1 receptor of the endocannabinoid system. CBC binds well with TRPV 1 (vanilloid receptor) and TRPA 1 (transient receptor potential ankyrin 1. When this happens, anandamide, together with the other natural endocannabinoids of the body, is released.
What are the Potential Health Effects that CBC can Provide?
Pain and Inflammation
Just like CBD, CBC also has analgesic properties and anti-inflammatory properties. It is known to have great benefits with conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. Cannabinoids such as CBC are starting to gain attention from people suffering from pain and inflammation. Unlike NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs), CBC does not have any medical side effects.
CBC is known to produce a more significant health effect because of the entourage effect. CBC, THC, and CBD work together through the entourage effect and delivers anti-depressant-like effects.
CBC is known to be a potential tool in fighting cancer. CBC interacts and binds with TRPV 1 (vanilloid receptor) and TRPA 1 (transient receptor potential ankyrin 1. When this happens, the endocannabinoid system produces anandamide. CBC inhibits it for it to remain in the bloodstream longer.
Anandamide is known to fight breast cancer in vitro and in vivo. It shows the promising potential that CBC and other cannabinoids may soon have a role in helping treat cancer.
Is CBC Legal?
CBC is legal in the United States and other countries, provided that they are extracted from the hemp plant. CBC that is from marijuana can only be permitted in states wherein marijuana is legal.
Is CBC Safe?
CBC is safe and does not produce any psychoactive effects. Just like CBD, it has a lot of known medical benefits. Some of these include reducing pain, decreasing inflammation, neurogenesis, managing stress, and alleviating anxiety.
Consumers who use CBC seldom report side effects because it’s tolerable and only felt when consumed in large doses. CBC only produces mild side effects such as fatigue, headache, dizziness, and nausea.
Every year, more research is being conducted to discover and prove the medical benefits of the different cannabinoids, including CBC.
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