Although Cannabichromene (CBC) is one of the lesser known cannabinoids in cannabis,
it is actually a major contributing factor to the human body. While it was Initially
discovered in 1966, not a lot of research has been conducted on CBC due to THC
attracting most attention from scientist and researchers. CBC is produced through an
enzymatic process that takes place in the trichomes of the plant. Within our bodies,
CBC binds poorly to cannabinoid receptors which prevent a “high” or psychoactive
feeling. CBC interacts with the vanilloid receptor 1 (TRPV1) and the transient receptor
potential ankyrin 1 (TRPA1) by increasing the levels of endocannabinoids in the body by
essentially activating the cannabinoid receptors, indirectly.
A 2016 study found CBC reduces the production of sebum by sebaceous glands and
reduces the effects of arachidonic acid, which plays a major role in acne production.
Another study in 2012 shows that CBC reduces inflammation-induced hypermobility
(diarrhea) without causing hypomobility (constipation). It has also shown to reduce
inflammation in the gastrointestinal system to help with Crohn’s and other bowel
diseases. Due to CBC’s anti-inflammatory and anti-emetic properties, this also shows
improvement with arthritis and cardiovascular diseases.
CBC helps to stimulate the growth of brain cells during neurogenesis, which usually
stops by the age of 18. Due to this, this prevents the decline in brain cells which
contribute to depression. Cannabichromene also treats migraines due to the uptake of
anandamide, allowing it to stay in the bloodstream longer. Having an increase of
anandamide in our system can inhibit to growth of cancerous tumors, especially forms
of breast cancer. Another way CBC is beneficial to our bodies is that it has been shown
to have antibacterial properties. CBC is greatly effective against E.Coli and Staph, as well
as acting as an antifungal against black mold.
CBC, in particular, may become a “specialty” cannabinoid all on its own. It may
eventually even be employed to treat or benefit a specific class of health conditions.
This and of itself is a revolutionary way to think not only about CBC, but an entire
network of other potentially beneficial cannabinoids to interact within our