When in its natural form, cannabis doesn't generate potent cannabinoids such as CBD or CBC. Instead, the plant produces acidic cannabinoids that can only be transformed through a process called decarboxylation. Simply put, decarboxylation involves exposing cannabis to high temperatures or UV light so that all the acidic cannabinoids are transformed into non-acidic active compounds.
What is interesting about CBC is that it grows from the same acid that produces CBD and THC, cannabigerolic acid (CBGA), known as the “stem cell” of cannabinoids. Once the cannabis plant has matured, enzymes transform CBGA into compounds such as CBDA, THCA, and CBCA, precursors of the 3 main cannabinoids. Which means that CBC has a molecular structure similar to those popular cannabinoids. However, unlike THC, CBC is not psychoactive.
How does CBC work
Research suggests that CBC may be more effectively connected to the TRPV1 and TRPA1 receptors, both of which are related to pain perception and are molecular integrators of physical and thermal stimuli.
Thus, when CBC activates these receptors, higher concentrations of naturally occurring endocannabinoids, such as anandamide, are released. This explains the different effects of CBC since while THC and other cannabinoids are directly coupled to their respective receptors (such as CB1 and CB2), CBC will indirectly activate these cannabinoid receptors through the production of anandamide, which will have important implications for its ability to relieve pain.
CBD may also play a fundamental role in the entourage effect, a phenomenon in which cannabinoids act together to modify the overall effect of cannabis. One study found that when used together, CBD and THC can control inflammation more effectively than separately.
5 Medical properties of CBC
- – Reduction of chronic pain
Besides a study in rats showed that CBC has great analgesic potential to block any pain or inflammation associated with osteoarthritis caused by a lack of collagen. In fact, the study even indicated that it could be as good as CBD. Moreover, knowing that you will not have the side effects of traditional anti-inflammatory drugs, it is surely one of the best alternatives to the opiates and highly addictive steroids generally prescribed to control pain.
- – Neuronal regeneration
For many years, many people thought that once you reach a certain age, the brain stops developing, but this is not the case. The cells responsible for learning and memory are continuously produced through a process called neurogenesis. However, in people with Alzheimer's and dementia, this neurogenesis is disrupted.
A 2013 study found that CBC may promote neurogenesis. Researchers then demonstrated the effects on the neural mother cells of adult mice and found that CBC increased the viability of these cells. In other words, the cannabinoids had improved their function.
– Antibacterial agents
CBC has important antibacterial properties, which is why it may help fight several gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, such as E. coli and staphylococci. One study found that CBC, like other cannabinoids, was just as effective in treating MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) as powerful antibiotics such as vancomycin. The positive side? BCC has none of the side effects of these antibiotics.
- – Antidepressant
As you know, both THC and CBD are effective for stress, anxiety, and of course, depression, and recent scientific studies have proven that CBC is also very useful. Also , a 2010 study conducted by researchers at the University of Mississippi found that rats treated with CBC showed better stress test results. Chronic stress is believed to be one of the main triggers of depression. In other words, the more you adapt to stress, the less likely you are to become depressed.
- – Fighting Acne
CBC can also help with skin problems. A 2016 study for instance found that CBC was a powerful remedy for acne, a disease related to excessive sebum production and inflammation of the sebaceous glands. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to slow down the production of lipids in the sebaceous gland, BCC is effective against acne.
How to use CBC?
CBC can be found in all varieties of cannabis. Unfortunately, it appears only in very small amounts and, due to the many cannabis laws around the world, CBC is not available to everyone in this format.
However, CBC is also an ingredient in several broad-spectrum and full-spectrum CBD oils. If you want the potential benefits of CBC or want to feel the effect around you, look for CBD products containing CBC and other cannabinoids, as well as terpenes, flavonoids and natural fatty acids.