CBC Cannabinoid: What’s it all about?
The cannabinoid industry is well and truly on the rise.
Known for their anti-inflammatory and healing properties, cannabinoids (compounds found in cannabis) have become the go-to for brands looking to meet the increasing demand for sustainable, all-natural products in the market.
But whilst the likes of THC and CBD are widely known, less is known about the similarly structured CBC cannabinoid.
Despite that, more consumers are on the hunt for CBC products, as we learn more about the potential benefits and uses of this powerful cannabinoid.
So, with that in mind, in this article, we want to bring you up to speed with all things CBC, and why it might be time to introduce it to your product line.
We’ll be covering:
- What CBC is
- How it works
- What it can be used for
- And where you can find it
Then let’s get started.
Introducing the CBC cannabinoid
CBC — or cannabichromene — is one of the most common cannabinoids in cannabis, behind only THC and CBD. It is found in the resinous of the plant, and can be used in a variety of anti-inflammation products, which we’ll be exploring later.
It’s converted from CBCa (its acidic precursor) when a cannabis plant is exposed to heat or UV light. This process is known as decarboxylation, which you (or your supplier) will need to understand if you want to extract CBC as effectively as possible.
Breaking down the science of the CBC cannabinoid — how does it work?
Generally, cannabinoids work by binding to various cannabinoid receptors in the human body. When stimulated, these can regulate our neurotransmitters (like dopamine) and trigger responses such as happiness, pain relief, and relaxation.
But how does the CBC cannabinoid work, specifically?
Well, unlike other cannabinoids, CBC does not bind to CB1 receptors in the brain. As such, it is non-psychoactive and doesn’t produce the ‘high’ associated with THC.
Instead, CBC is thought to activate CB2, TRPA1 and TRPV1 receptors, which manage the body’s response to pain. It is because of this that CBC is able to stimulate the release of anandamide — a pain-fighting neurotransmitter in the brain.
Some research has also found that CBC, when used in conjunction with CBD and THC, can be an even more effective anti-inflammatory. This is linked to the ‘entourage effect’ — the idea that cannabinoids can synergize and modulate when used together.
The benefits of the CBC cannabinoid and what it can be used for
Some studies have shown that CBC could be a powerful anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. So, let’s go ahead and take a closer look at some of the potential medical benefits of the CBC cannabinoid.
CBC as a cancer treatment
Thanks to how it can trigger anandamide in the body, some research suggests that CBC could be a powerful cancer fighter. This is because it appears to inhibit the body’s uptake of the neurotransmitter, allowing it to remain longer in the bloodstream.
This could make it a potential treatment for breast cancer in particular, which some studies have found responds well to anandamide.
And remember — CBC is non-intoxicating, which means its eventual use in chemotherapy is more likely than THC, which is also known for its anti-tumor properties but is held back by its psychoactivity.
CBC as a pain reliever
As we’ve covered, CBC has been shown to block pain and inflammation by how it interacts with our receptors. One study, in particular, found that THC and CBC can provide powerful pain relief when used in conjunction.
What’s great about CBC as a potential pain reliever is that it has very few side effects. This differentiates it from most of the current treatment options available, such as NSAIDs, which are known to cause stomach ulcers, nausea and allergic reactions.
CBC for neurogenesis
In a 2013 study, researchers found that CBC could be a powerful stimulant for neurogenesis, meaning that it can trigger and support the production of neurons in the brain.
Specifically, it was found that CBC had a positive effect on neural stem progenitor cells (or NSPCs) — a cell that differentiates into astroglial cells, which fight a number of issues (including inflammation and oxidative stress) that can cause neurological diseases.
Although more research is needed, studies like these could lead to new developments in the fight against a wide variety of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
CBC as an acne treatment
Acne is usually triggered by excess sebum production and sebaceous gland inflammation — two things CBC can inhibit.
It does this by reducing the levels of arachidonic acid in the skin, which helps to suppress excessive lipid production in the sebaceous glands. As a result, the symptoms of acne (including dry skin, whiteheads and pimples) are relieved.
With more research, this could place CBC as the ideal, all-natural alternative to mainstream skincare products that are often unsustainable and inefficient.
CBC for depression and anxiety
Linking back to the entourage effect, a 2010 study concluded that CBC, THC and CBD combined could have ‘significant antidepressant-like effects’ and help to relieve common symptoms, such as sadness, low mood and tiredness.
The study also found that CBC helped rats perform better in a number of stress-related tests, indicating that it may help to reduce feelings of anxiety, too.
For those suffering with depression and anxiety, this shines a bright light on the potential of cannabinoids to — in time — possibly replace existing treatments that are often associated with weight gain, nausea and dry mouth.
CBC for a healthy gut
Some studies have shown that CBC (along with other cannabinoids) could help to improve and regulate our gut functions by reducing inflammation-induced problems, such as gastric ulcers, lesions and acid reflux.
A healthy gut is essential to a strong immune system, effective digestion and our overall wellbeing, which means that cannabinoids and CBC could potentially be a saving grace for those suffering with gut-related health concerns.
CBC as a natural antibiotic
CBC is known for containing various antibacterial properties, which could make it a potential alternative to fight dangerous, drug-resistant infections like MRSA, which some studies have suggested CBC (and other cannabinoids) could help to treat.
This could be particularly useful in the future, as drug resistance continues to rise in all corners of the globe.
Looking to add CBC to your products?
You’re in the right place.
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Based in Oregon, we fuse science and innovation to help brands develop new hemp products that keep them one step ahead of the market.
Our CBC isolate includes 96-99% CBC and has 0% THC, making it a market-ready solution for a wide range of clients.