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