What is CBC?
CBC, or cannabichromene, is an anti-inflammatory that may contribute to the pain killing effect of cannabis. It's one among hundreds cannabinoids found in Cannabis plants, and it considered as a phytocannabinoid. In fact, it’s in the “big six” group of major cannabinoids, primarily because of its various potential medical benefits. CBC and its derivatives are as abundant as CBN in the cannabis plant, and is typically more common in tropical cannabis varieties.
Cannabichromene also goes by the names; cannabichrome, pentylcannabichromene or cannabinochromene.
CBC is a somewhat lesser-known cannabinoid among cannabis enthusiasts, but it’s one of the most researched of all of cannabis’ chemical components.
CBC was discovered more than 50 years ago and has been the subject of various studies dating back to the 1970s. It’s among the most abundant of all non-psychoactive cannabinoids present in the hemp and cannabis plants.
CBC originates from CBGA or cannabigerolic acid. This acid is the same compound from which THC and CBD originate. Enzymes in the hemp or cannabis plant, as well as a few other factors such as light conditions and heat, are responsible for which of the three cannabinoids the CBGA eventually becomes.
CBC and the Entourage Effect
CBC is believed to contribute to an interesting phenomenon researchers have observed when studying the effects of various cannabinoids.
The phenomenon, known as the “entourage effect,” describes how different cannabinoids may work to amplify the effects of one another when used in tandem and may even produce effects that none of the individual cannabinoids are known to provide on their own.
CBC is among the most promising cannabinoids in terms of its potential medical benefits. Among those potential benefits are pain relief, anti-inflammation, antidepressant effects, and even anti-cancer properties.
Studies suggest that the cannabinoid may inhibit the growth of cancer cells and fight tumors. CBC is also believed to have a positive effect on brain function and in helping to fight acne.
One thing that makes CBC so enticing for cannabinoid researchers is the fact that it’s non-psychoactive. This feature means that it doesn’t get you high in the way that THC does. While this may be a disadvantage to some, it’s a big advantage to those who are looking for relief but are not interested in becoming intoxicated to get it.