What Is CBC?
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CBC is one of the most significant cannabinoids in today’s medical research. It’s considered one of the “big six” along with CBD (cannabidiol), CBG (cannabigerol), CBN (cannabinol), THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin), and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). CBC, or cannabichromene, has more in common with CBD, CBG, and CBN than either of the two THC compounds because it is non-psychoactive.
Like all cannabinoids, CBC comes from CBGA, the main precursor molecule in hemp. CBGA breaks down into CBCA (cannabichromene carboxylic acid), and from there into CBC with exposure to heat or ultraviolet light. CBCA and CBC’s botanical function seem to have an effect on the hemp plant’s enzyme development towards the end of the flower’s maturation. We actually know more about what this cannabinoid does to people than it does to the plant!
Most of what we know about CBC is due to the plant’s medical potential. Read on to discover more of what we know about this helpful cannabinoid compound.
What Does CBC Do?
CBC interacts with the endocannabinoid system, or the ECS, like other cannabinoid compounds. The ECS is a huge, complex cell-signaling system that is distributed throughout the body. It plays an important role in regulating a range of functions and processes, including, but not limited to:
- Learning and Memory
- Pain Control
- Immune Response
The ECS exists and is active in your body even if you don’t use cannabinoids. There are more ECS receptors in the brain than many other types of receptors, and since the system is distributed throughout the whole body, it can directly impact a great number of other bodily systems and body functions.
So how does CBC work with this system? Like many other cannabinoids, it actually forms very weak bonds with one type of ECS receptor: the CB1 receptors found in the brain. This means that CBC does not have any psychoactive effects, since strong bonds with = the CB1 receptors in the brain are what make us feel high when we use THC. Instead, CBC has a stronger effect on body receptors.
One notable set of receptors that CBC bonds well with is the vanilloid receptors (TRPV1). Activating the TRPV1 receptors creates a greater benefit for regulating bone density than the CB-type receptors that we usually talk about when we talk about the ECS.
What Are The Benefits of CBC?
In addition to improving bone density, there are many other benefits to taking CBC.
Like many other cannabinoids, there is great evidence that CBC reduces inflammation. Some of the first major CBC studies in the 1980s looked at CBC’s effect on edema and found that high doses of CBC were more effective than traditional NSAID painkillers. CBC has also been shown to reduce pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis in rats without the negative side effects of NSAID painkillers. Taking CBC for inflammation is one of the best-established uses for this cannabinoid!
CBC has some important analgesic effects that aren’t just related to long-term inflammation. Studies have shown that CBC has a painkilling effect in rodent models, looking specifically at short-term pain and how mice react when given CBC.
CBC’s anti-inflammatory properties may even let it function as a neuroprotector. CBC increases the viability of neural stem progenitor cells, which replace dead and damaged cells in the brain. This may be due to CBC’s chemical suppression of reactive astrocytes, which are a type of star-shaped cell found in the brain. Astrocytes are responsible for enclosing neural synapses, and because CBC inhibits the overproduction of these cells, it may offer a protective effect against neuro-inflammation, Alzheimer’s disease, and hepatic encephalopathy.
A study using human intestinal tumor cell lines demonstrated that CBC is an effective antitumor agent. The study looked at multiple cannabinoids and found that CBC and CBG both induced significantly higher rates of necrosis in these cancer cells compared to other cannabinoids.
How Do I Take CBC?
CBC can be taken like any other cannabinoid. We recommend taking it as an oil or using it topically. Taking it as an oil/tincture is one of the easiest ways to use this cannabinoid; simply place the dose under your tongue, wait about two minutes, and then swallow.
Tinctures that are sublingual have a greater absorption rate through the mouth than via the digestive system. The area under the tongue is made from a spongy, highly absorbent tissue that helps to deliver cannabinoids and other active ingredients directly to the bloodstream. The sublingual method is recommended not only for faster delivery but also because many individuals have trouble absorbing cannabinoids through their digestive system.
If you find that the sublingual method of taking tincture is uncomfortable, you can try swallowing it immediately or adding it to your food and drinks. Adding it to a drink is helpful if you have a particularly sensitive stomach, or if you struggle with oily textures.
Where To Buy CBC
Because CBC is totally non-psychoactive, it can be purchased from many sources. Wherever you buy CBC, you should ensure that the CBC is lab tested and safe. While you can find CBC for sale from a number of sources, not every seller offers high-quality, pure CBC, or high-quality, pure carrier oils and other ingredients that allow you to take it effectively.
Buy CBC At Myriam’s Hemp
At Myriam’s Hemp, we are totally committed to helping people manage their pain and other health concerns without having to rely entirely on the pharmaceutical industry. We are committed to using all-natural ingredients and using the highest quality cannabinoids. We want to help you by offering compassionate, hands-on support available anytime to help you find the right hemp product for you. If you’re thinking about trying CBC or any other cannabinoid, reach out and contact us today.
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