The use of CBD oil (hemp oil or cannabis oil) is becoming very popular when it comes to on trend health benefits and remedies. However, most people aren’t aware that other cannabinoids exist in addition to CBD. Whilst CBD is the most famous cannabinoid, CBC (Cannabichromene) is also a main cannabinoid that is prominent in medical research. In this blog, we will talk about what CBC is, how it interacts with the body, and some of the positive brain focused benefits it offers.
CBC’s origins are the same as CBD and THC, in that the three major cannabinoids stem from CBGA. From CBGA, tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), and cannabichromenic acid (CBCA) are naturally produced in the plant. These acid forms are then converted by the plant to create CBD, THC and CBC.
High quality cold pressed CBD oils will contain the natural cannabinoids, terpenes and botanicals from the hemp plant, This is known as Full Spectrum CBD oil. CBD oil production is quite important. Many CBD oil brands use alcohol or CO2 extraction methods, which are inferior to cold pressing.
When looking for CBD products, be mindful that the market is flooded with many brands due to its trending popularity. There are many companies that are selling poor quality CBD products such as CBD oils, CBD drops, CBD sprays and CBD oil capsules. Many of the products are the same product but with different company labels to make you think they are different from the rest.
Cold pressed full spectrum cbd oil will naturally include other cannabinoids such as CBC, CBG, CBN and others. However, the amount of the other cannabinoids will vary. Each different cannabinoid has slightly different benefits and effects.
CBC like CBD is non-intoxicating and doesn’t produce a ‘high’ like THC. Each cannabinoid binds to different receptors in the body. Whilst THC binds directly with the CB1 cannabinoid receptors in the brain. CBC binds with other receptors such as TRPV1 and TRPA1. These two latter receptors are linked with pain perception.
CBC (Cannabichromene) has been shown to block pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis. Alongside CBD, this is a great combination for pain and inflammation in relation to arthritis and joint pain.
Studies have shown that CBC has a positive effect on neural stem progenitor cells (NSPCs), which is a cell essential to healthy brain functions. NSPCs become more viable in the presence of CBC and therefore differentiate into astroglial cells, which is the most important cell for maintaining brain homeostasis. The astroglial cells carry out multiple brain functions such as neurotransmitter direction and defending against oxidative stress. This means that CBC helps to counteract neurological diseases and brain pathologies like Alzheimers’ disease.
In addition to cognitive and neurological benefits, CBC also contributes to the ‘entourage effect’ when combined with other cannabinoids. This happens when CBD, CBG and CBD are consumed together. They offer a trifecta of antidepressant properties, including higher mood-elevating benefits.
In summary, there is a lot of focus on CBD. However, we shouldn’t forget the other valuable cannabinoids in the hemp plant such as CBC. Research suggests that CBC is highly effective at helping to fight neurological issues and a mood-elevating impact when taken with CBD.