Cannabinoids are amazing chemicals. They are those amazing constituents of cannabis that hold the keys to health and well-being. They have an entire system in our bodies that they are tailor made to interact with. THC is the standard-bearer for this group of molecules, but there are many others that are not as well known. Cannabichromene, or CBC, is the third most common cannabinoid found in cannabis, behind the well known THC and CBD.


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CBC is generally found in tropical strains but has made its way into many hybrids. In those strains where it is present, it is often more prevalent than CBD, and is among the 4 major cannabinoids found in cannabis.

Besides their notable presence in cannabis, you can also find CBC and related compounds in Chinese Rhododendron.

Benefits of CBC

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CBC has strong anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, stronger even than that of CBD or THC. It can be an effective agent against both E. coli and staph. It helps in bone growth and healing broken bones.

It is also an inhibitor of cellular inflammation, but not as strongly as THC or CBD. When combined with other cannabinoids it works even better, because its anti-inflammatory properties take effect without it needing to bind to CB receptors in the body, meaning that other cannabinoids can work at the same time.

Its pain relieving properties work best when combined with CBD, as they both fight pain by “interacting with several targets involved in the control of pain” at the spinal level.

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CBC’s best quality is that it enhances the abilities of other cannabinoids in what is known as “the entourage effect”. From pleasure to pain fighting to cancer-killing, it is the epitome of calling for reinforcements. Even your bodies own cannabinoid, anandamide, is helped by it.

It inhibits uptake of anandamide, allowing more of it to stay in your system, essentially helping your body better use its own resources to fight cancer.

CBC and the brain

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Research has shown that CBC is effective for relieving depression. A University of Mississippi study found it to be more significantly more effective than other cannabinoids in treating depression in mice. It has other benefits for the mind as well.

It has been shown to help in the process known as neurogenesis, or the production of new brain cells.

CBC, A-okay for your BH

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For those with stomach problems, CBC is a godsend. A 2011 study in the British Journal of Pharmacology found that it acted as a pain reliever, and a 2012 study showed that it treated diarrhoea by normalizing the gastrointestinal system. Its ability to reduce edema or swelling is especially effective in the intestines. This makes it ideal for treating Crohn’s disease.

If you have ever dealt with this touchy subject, you know that current medications for treating it are complete show stoppers. You are either all on, or all off. CBC is unique in that it puts the system back into balance, instead of swinging it the other way.

How to get the most out of CBC

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If you are vaping cannabis, then set your temperature to high, as the boiling point of CBC is 220°C or 428°F. It is non-psychotropic, and not prohibited under the Convention on Psychotropic Substances.

CBC absorbs readily through the skin, making topicals and creams an ideal method of delivery, especially for treating swollen and sore muscles and joints.

A bonus of having CBC present in your cannabis as a grower is that its anti-fungal properties are potent against Aspergillus Niger, or black mold, a blight on cannabis crops.

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