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Learn | 01.05.2023

What Is CBC? Effects, Uses, & More

We're big fans of minor cannabinoids. Learn everything CBC can do for you.

There are plenty of cannabinoids in cannabis. Some are more popular than others, like classic Delta 9 THC

That said, there are other cannabinoids that are not psychoactive, like the praised compound CBD. But, alas, the cannabis industry is constantly unveiling more of these compounds for consumers to benefit from, like CBC. 

CBC (Cannabichromene) is a chemical found in the cannabis plant. It does not affect thinking like other cannabinoids and has proven anti-inflammatory, analgesic, neuroprotective, and antidepressant benefits.

While CBC definitely has singular benefits, researchers also think that it seems to work synergistically with other cannabinoids, a term known as the entourage effect.

See below for more information about CBC, its effects, and how you can use it. 

What Is CBC?

Also known as Cannabichromene, CBC is the third most common cannabinoid in the cannabis plant overall.

Is considered one of the “big six” cannabinoids prominent in medical research. It doesn’t get as much attention, but CBC’s benefits are extremely promising. Like CBD, cannabichromene is non-intoxicating, so it doesn’t produce a euphoric high like THC.

CBC is being studied for its potential in the treatment of cancer, inflammation, depression, and as a neuroprotectant.  

What Is CBC Used For?

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The therapeutic promise of CBC is prevalent but still requires further research to determine its power on its own, as well as in combination with other cannabinoids.

For example, CBC may have potential in the following areas: 

  • Brain Growth: A study published in 2013 suggests that CBC can encourage neurogenesis. 
  • Antidepressant: CBC is a non-psychoactive compound. People looking for a natural alternative for the treatment of depression or anxiety disorders may turn to CBC as an effective option without the highs. 
  • Anti-Inflammatory: A 2010 study found that CBC worked as an anti-inflammatory alone, but its inflammation-busting powers are amplified when combined with THC. CBC can reduce edema as well as inflammation of the intestinal tract. 
  • Pain Killer: CBC stimulates pain relief as it has mild analgesic properties on its own. There are also studies showing that CBC works together with THC to achieve this enhanced effect. 
  • Antibacterial & Antifungal: CBC has significant antibacterial properties. CBC also had “mild to moderate” anti-fungal properties as well.

It is also known to have properties that inhibit the growth of cancerous tumors and as an effective remedy for painful migraines. 

Effects Of CBC

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CBC is not intoxicating and does not generate a high THC. However, CBC users may feel happy and relaxed. According to some users, CBC provides a similar effect to CBD and may help with the following:

  • Inflammation
  • Chronic and temporary pain
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Protecting the brain and nerves

It also improves mood and generates a gratifying feeling of well-being. Anecdotal reports suggest that it’s just as effective as CBD for mood elevation, but its anti-inflammatory and pain-killing properties are more effective when combined with other cannabinoids, such as CBD and THC.

CBC Strains

A few years ago, it was discovered that landrace strains from India had a higher level of CBD.

Nowadays, most growers breed their plants to have high levels of CBD or THC. Therefore, it is difficult to find marijuana with significant CBC content. Below are some strains that contain CBC:

  • Maui Dream: 0.487%
  • Blue Cherry Soda: 0.462%
  • Purple Cadillac: 0.719%
  • Bubba Cookies: 0.462%
  • Charlotte’s Web: 0.432%
  • Purple Candy: 0.511%
  • Sour Tsunami: 0.486%
  • Valentine X: 0.528%

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