CBC – Cannabichromene

A chemical in medical marijuana known as Cannabichromene (“CBC”) is changing the debate over the use of cannabis as a medicine. CBC is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. In fact, it is the second most abundant cannabinoid in marijuana. Meaning there is likely more CBC in your cannabis than CBD, even though CBD gets all the attention.

CBC Molecule

Cannabichromene (CBC) Molecule
Cannabichromene (CBC)

Research over the past two decades has shown why this non-psychoactive compound has given us reasons to take notice.

CBC has shown to be effective in:

  • Reducing Inflammation
  • Fighting Bacteria and Fungi
  • Inhibiting Cell Growth in Tumors/Cancer Cells
  • Relieving Pain
  • Combatting Depression
  • Stimulating Bone and Brain Growth
  • Decreasing Stress

May Inhibit Cancer Growth

CBC is believed to inhibit the growth of certain types of cancerous tumors, particularly breast cancer cells. Due to its interaction with the human endocannabinoid anandamide known to fight breast cancer, CBC inhibits its uptake allowing it to stay in the bloodstream longer. Studies suggest CBC works best in conjunction with CGC and THC to create a synergetic effect.


Studies have been confirmed that CBC stimulates brain growth. As neurogenic compounds are very rare, this makes it a very important cannabinoid worth significant research. This could make CBC useful in treating Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative conditions.


In a 2010 study, both THC and CBC were shown to display significant anti-depressant qualities and contribute to the overall mood-elevating properties of cannabis.

Analgesic Qualities

Shown to have great promise as an analgesic painkiller, perhaps as good as CBD.

Promotes Anti-Inflammatory Healing

In two recent studies, CBC was shown to be a powerful anti-inflammatory. Interestingly it was found that the mechanism of action did not involve CB1, CB2 or the TRPA1 receptors, like with THC and CBD which could imply another type of receptor site is present.

Stress Reduction

Just like CBD and THC, CBC has also been shown to be ten times as powerful as CBD at reducing anxiety and stress.

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CBN – Cannabinol

Cannabinol (“CBN”) is a weak psychoactive cannabinoid found in trace amounts in Sativa and Indica cannabis strains. CBN is created by the degradation of THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol when it is exposed to light and oxygen.  Known to have some mild psychoactive effects, CBN is not scheduled at the federal level but does increase the effects of THC.

It may make users dizzy or groggy, and it is not usually sough-after for medicinal purposes. If you don’t want an intense body high, keep your cannabis in an airtight container away from light. CBN has also shown promise for those suffering from Glaucoma, inflammation and insomnia. CBN is often referred to as a natural aspirin or non-narcotic type pain reliever (analgesic) and is estimated to be three times stronger.

CBN Molecule

Cannabinol (CBN)
Cannabinol (CBN)

CBN has shown to be effective in:

  • Reducing Epileptic Outbursts
  • Alleviating Muscle Shakes and Spasms
  • Inducing Sleep
  • Reducing Depression
  • Lowers Intraocular Pressure
  • Replacing Pain Relievers (Advil)

CBN aides those suffering from:

  • Epilepsy
  • Parkinsons’s Disease
  • Gout
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Insomnia
  • Glaucoma

Sleep Aid

Cannabis is widely used as a sleep-aid for those who suffer from insomnia and cannabinol is the reason why. CBN is the cannabinoid responsible for the sedative effects of cannabis.


Another use for cannabinol is as an anti-bacterial and has shown potent activity against MRSA infections when applied as a topical. Topical uses also have shown promise in treating burns and psoriasis.


Some early studies have suggested it could stimulate bone growth. If that is the case, it would be helpful in treating osteoporosis and could help those with broken bones to recovery more quickly.


Recent studies suggest that CBN can be administered as an antidepressant and can be used to prevent convulsions and to sedate patients experiencing pain.

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CBD – Cannabidiol

CBD is the second largest major medical compound identified besides THC.  It is non-psychoactive and has been show to be effective in treating  a multitude of symptoms from Acne to Schizophrenia. It has also been reported to have anti-convulsive, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic, anti-nausea, anti-rheumatoid arthritic and sedative properties.

CBD is used to help with acne, ADD, anxiety, arthritis, cancer, chronic pain, depression, diabetes, Dravet syndrome, epilepsy, glaucoma, Huntington’s Disease, inflammation, mood disorders, multiple sclerosis, neuropathic pain, Parkinson’s, schizophrenia and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. CBD has also been shown to stop the spread of cancer cells.

CBD Molecule

CBD - Cannabidiol
CBD – Cannabidiol

CBD has shown to be effective in treating:

  • Skin Ailments – Acne & Psoriasis
  • Diabetes
  • Dravet Syndrome
  • Epilepsy
  • MS (Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Pain
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THC – Sativa Strains (Tetrahydrocannabinol)

Sativa dominant strains are tall, thin plants, with narrow leaves and are lighter green in color than Indica strains.  Sativa dominant strains tend to have higher concentrations of THC, than Indica strains, however are less potent in general.

THC – Sativa has shown to be effective in:

  • Cerebral Clarity
  • Increased Focus and Creativity
  • Mood Enhancing
  • Energizing

THC – Sativa aides those suffering from:

  • PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Mood Disorders
  • ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Depression
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