Did you know that there are technically six heavy hitters when it comes to cannabinoids? The most well-known, THC and CBD have taken center stage for quite some time. But, the potential health benefits of the other four are bringing them into the spotlight as well.
The big six consist of THC, CBD, CBC, CBG, CBN, and THCV. Cannabichromene or CBC is another THC-free cannabinoid. Discovered in 1975, CBC is actually the second most prominent cannabinoid, after THC, found in the cannabis plant.
Where to find CBC
Like some of the other big six, CBC is hard to harvest in large quantities. That means working with plants where it’s already naturally more prevalent. Farmers need to look to the tropic strains of the cannabis plant, where CBC content can get as high as 64 percent.
Some popular strains known to contain CBC include:
- Maui Dream
- Blue Cherry Soda
- Purple Cadillac
- Bubba Cookies
- Charlotte’s Web
- Purple Candy
- Sour Tsunami
- Valentine X
Even hybrid strains with at least one of these plants as a parent can give you a good yield of CBC.
Potential benefits of CBC
CBC burst onto the scene back in the 1980’s, when research studies highlighted its antibacterial properties. Back then, people thought CBC could act against deadly bacterial killers such as E. coli. Today, we’re discovering its potential is much greater.
Encouraging brain growth
A very unique benefit to CBC is its potential to help with brain growth. This is especially beneficial to people who’ve suffered brain injuries. CBC has shown it may encourage brain growth by increasing the viability of developing brain cells. This means CBC may help repair brain damage.
Interestingly enough, CBC seems to be the cannabinoid responsible for the plant’s known anti-cancer and anti-tumor capabilities. “CBC is the second-most-potent cannabinoid at inhibiting the growth of new cancer cells,” according to Leafly. It may help inhibit tumor growth as well as help with inflammation.
Speaking of inflammation, CBC’s ability to reduce swelling and the pain associated with it may make it a possible treatment for illnesses like:
- Crohn’s Disease
- Chronic pain
The link between CBC and inflammation may also make it a viable treatment for acne. The cannabinoid’s anti-inflammatory ability may also keep zits at bay. Those suffering from adult acne could greatly benefit from such an easy treatment, if it’s proven effective.
A key player in the entourage effect
WIth all of these potential health benefits, it’s worth noting that CBC seems to perform at its best when combined with other cannabinoids. This is known as the entourage effect, and means you may find CBC products that also contain another of the big six. If you’re looking for CBC, make sure you check the ingredient list in your favorite CBD or CBG products. It might already be in there.
Extracting CBC with expert skill
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