Cannabichromene (CBC): The Hidden Cannabinoid
Author – Jon Russell
Edited by Noah Persin
Welcome back to the GreenSea “Understanding Cannabinoids” series. In the last article we discussed CBDa and CBD, also known as the Guardian Cannabinoid. CBD treats and array of ailments and can also be used to lower the psychoactive “high” that THC gives.
Now to continue on our journey along the cannabinoid map to Cannabichromic Acid (CBCa) and Cannabichromene (CBC). Cannabichromene is considered the fourth of six of the most researched (or major) cannabinoids and the third of three cannabinoids that CBGa can synthase into.
Cannabichromic Acid (CBCa)
Like THCa and CBDa, cannabichromic acid is created from CBGa conversion. Although it’s considered one of the main cannabinoids, it’s actually quite ignored and there has been very little research on CBCa. CBCa has shown promise as an antifungal and antibacterial agent.
Some strains are being bred specifically for CBCa, but for now it’s found primarily in tropical strains. It’s not psychotropic, which means you won’t get you high. However, some research is showing that CBC (after CBCa has converted) will help increase the strength of your “high”.
CBCa may be one of the major cannabinoids but so far it’s been treated a bit like the “redheaded stepchild” of the CBG synthases. Not much info is known and not much research is currently being conducted. When you search PubMed, you’ll only find 8 research papers for the entire cannabinoid, compared to hundreds for THC.
It’s difficult to classify cannabichromene. It doesn’t get you high and most have never really heard anything about the cannabinoid. It’s not like CBD either. You don’t get a body buzz from the cannabinoid, even though they share some of the same medicinal qualities.
When you cure cannabis (much like ripening a banana) or add heat (a process known as “decarboxylation”) you convert the CBCa to CBC. You “decarb” your cannabis instantly when you smoke or vaporize it, and if you’re making edibles or RSO then that process happens slowly as you cooking the cannabis.
CBC is the second-most common cannabinoid. Although it won’t get you high it CAN intensify the strength of your high. CBC works in conjunction with THC, so the higher the CBC concentrations the more “potent” your cannabis can be. Combine this with the Entourage Effect, and CBC can help increase the entire medicinal value of cannabis.
It also provides a “laundry list” of medicinal benefits such as analgesic (pain reliever), anti-emetic (nausea), anti-inflammatory and many more. Possibly one of it’s most important qualities is its effect with regards to reducing tumors and cancerous growth. It is an Anandamide uptake inhibitor which means that Anandamide remains in our bloodstreams longer. Anandamide is one way our bodies fight certain types of cancer and CBC is shown to help our bodies use it more efficiently.
CBC doesn’t stop there though. Research is finding that cannabichromene works to stimulate brain growth. Our brains regrow cells in a process called neurogenesis. Unlike popular belief, our brain cells don’t stop growing at a certain age. It just slows down a little. CBCs can help encourage cell growth in the hippocampus, the area of the brain that regulates memories and learning. Science shows hippocampal degradation can cause disorders such as Alzheimer’s and CBCs can be used as a preventative for the symptoms of those disorders.
CBCa was the last of the major cannabinoids on the cannabinoid map. Research shows that it’s an important part of the Entourage Effect and how THC gets you “stoned”. CBC is sort of the hidden cannabinoid and not a whole lot is known about the cannabinoid.
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