The last two posts have outlined CBG and CBN, two lesser-known but highly important cannabinoids. We’ll continue this cannabinoid mini-series by detailing another notable one, CBC. Cannabichromene (CBC) is non-psychoactive cannabinoid that was first discovered in 1966. Similar to CBD, CBC is believed to interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which plays an important role in regulating one’s biological functions. CBC binds well to the body’s TRPV1 and TRPA1 receptors, which are linked to pain perception. This binding specifically increases the natural endocannabinoid production, allowing the endocannabinoid system to maintain its desired state of homeostasis. Let’s get into the specifics of how CBC may be of use in your day to day life.
CBC is thought to be a terrific inhibitor of acne by reducing the production of sebum in the body’s sebaceous glands. High levels of sebum result in blackheads, whiteheads, and other various forms of acne. A 2016 study supports these beliefs, noting “CBC, CBDV and especially THCV show promise to become highly efficient, novel anti-acne agents.” In addition, CBC is said to hold anti-inflammatory properties, which should also help combat those pesky pimples.
The anti-inflammatory qualities of this cannabinoid extend far the ability to help clear up acne. Research suggests that CBC may specifically reduce intestinal inflammation. It might also lessen stomach related matters including diarrhea and bloating. Further studies are certainly necessary, but CBC may prove to play a vital role in future treatments of gut related issues including food allergies and certain autoimmune diseases.
Research indicates that CBC may also have a positive influence on the brain. A 2013 study showed that the presence of CBC had a direct effect on NSPCs, which are critical to proper brain function. NSPCs convert into central nervous system cells, which fight against neurological diseases and brain disorders.
Finally, this particular cannabinoid is believed help with stress related issues. A 2010 study done by the University of Mississippi indicated that test subjects who were administered CBC showed improved stress test results compared to those who were not given CBC. Hopefully, these findings will lead to natural, effective ways to combat depression and other mood disorders. As additional research continues on this particular cannabinoid, it’s therapeutic uses appear to be encouraging. The medical community has displayed an increase in interest with CBC and we’re optimistic that their findings will uncover further benefits.