Damage to the brain is serious business. From brain cells trying to regrow or brain swelling impairing function, we need our brains working as best as possible. There are drugs on the market that address these types of issues. But, there’s not a solution without side effects…yet.
Recent studies into the medicinal benefits of Cannabichromene or CBC could prove promising. One of the big six, CBC is the second most-plentiful cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant after THC. The best part though is CBC lacks the psychoactive properties THC has, so it’s safer for everyone to use.
CBC and brain growth
Links between CBC and the brain were first highlighted in looking at brain growth. In fact, research has shown that CBC can encourage human brain cells to grow. It all happens through a process called neurogenesis. This is where the viability of developing brain cells gets enhanced. And, the healing process becomes more successful.
In response to brain swelling, CBC may help reduce the pain from inflammation. The compound can interact with the TRPA1 and TRPV1 receptors. They activate pain sensations and inflammation transmission signals. These sensors first alert the brain to pain or swelling.
A potential replacement for NSAIDs
Current treatment for reducing brain swelling and restoring brain cell production include non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs.) Historically, these drugs have also proved useful in treating diseases like Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. However, the list of side effects are pretty long.
While it’s recommended to only us NSAIDs for 3-10 days, patients may end up using it long-term. This is where side effects can occur, most of which are gastrointestinal, and can include:
- Stomach pain
Sadly, the list doesn’t stop there. NSAID users may also experience dizziness, balance issues, and headaches. At their worst, NSAID side effects can include blurred vision and severe stomach and head pain.
CBC, so far, has none of these side effects, yet may prove as helpful at treating brain ailments as NSAIDs. Avoiding these potential side effects could make CBC a significant treatment option in the future.
CBC and inflammation
CBC naturally battles inflammation. It may even block it along with pain. CBC does this by getting the body to increase the release of endocannabinoids. These then assist in our body’s anti-inflammatory response. The ability for CBC to bind more effectively to receptors like the TRPA1 and TRPV1 may mean a quicker reduction in discomfort and pain. This could make it a more attractive treatment than others commonly used today.
Increasing effectiveness through the entourage effect
All of these potential health benefits related to CBC are good, but what if they can get better? Many positive effects related to CBC get enhanced when you combine the compound with CBD or THC. We call this the entourage effect. Many cannabinoids in the big six, when combined, have enhanced benefits, and CBC is no different.
In previous research studies, combining CBC with THC led to a more significant anti-inflammatory response in certain animals. Another study demonstrated they could boost CBC’s anti-inflammatory properties with the introduction of THC or CBD. Scientists even noted that combining all three cannabinoids was even more effective than just using two together.
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