As long as there’s new research being completed about cannabis and cannabinoids, we’re honored to be your source. We’re here to talk about yet another cannabinoid — CBC — particularly, CBC’s benefits. Below, we’ll discuss where CBC comes from, some similarities it shares with CBD, and what it can do for pain, the brain, your skin, and more.
Where does CBC come from?
So, to begin, where does CBC come from, exactly? Well, like CBD and THC, CBC stems directly from CBG. To be precise, CBC is a component of an acid that breaks down from CBG, called CBGA (cannabigerolic acid). CBGA produces THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid), CBDA (cannabidiolic acid), and CBCA (cannabichromenic acid). If you’re thinking CBC sounds like a big deal, and can maybe be just as big as THC and CBD, then you’re on the right track. Let’s continue.
CBC and the entourage effect
Though there’s quite a bit of information available about THC, CBD, and the entourage effect, CBC’s role is still being determined. In brief, the entourage effect can be described as what happens when cannabinoids and terpenes (other plant compounds) work in concert. Each one brings something a little bit different to the table — the table being our body’s endocannabinoid system, which has a host of responsibilities and regulatory duties. When these plant compounds are introduced to the body at the right levels and at the right time, they may be able to work more powerfully and effectively. Let’s keep talking about the specific benefits of CBC.
Benefits of CBC
Though the definite benefits of CBC are still being studied, there are some preliminary findings that are quite positive.
CBC vs. pain and inflammation
Remember that entourage effect we talked about? Well, according to a 2010 study, the introduction of CBC and THC had better anti-inflammatory results than either cannabinoid alone. Another study indicated that CBC works for osteoarthritis — offering different results than commonly used NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).
CBC and brain function
In a study examining CBD, THC, and CBC use for depression, the results were positive, showing mood-boosting benefits. Again, this deals with the notion of the entourage effect and how certain cannabinoids can interact with each other and your body. CBC was also shown to promote neurogenesis or brain and nervous tissue growth in a 2013 study.
CBC vs. acne
As you may know, CBD has potent antibacterial effects, especially when combined with other ingredients. Therefore, CBD is a great addition to your skincare routine. It’s an important tool to have in your arsenal for dryness, rashes and irritation, breakouts, and more. CBD’s relative, CBC, seems to be no different, especially when combatting acne. According to this study, CBC also shows the ability to calm sebaceous glands that may be in overdrive. Your sebaceous glands play an important role in producing oil for your skin, but overactivity isn’t a good thing.
Talk to your doctor
With any new cannabinoid or remedy on the market, it’s important to consult your physician first. He or she can recommend the best treatment plan for you. Believe it or not, there’s a good chance he or she will be happy to talk about incorporating CBD (or CBC) into your routine. Here are some tips for starting that conversation if you’re unsure.