What is CBC Oil and How Does It Relate To CBD Oil?
Cannabichromene -- or CBC for short -- is one of the most prevalent naturally occurring chemical compounds in hemp or cannabis, yet it's virtually unknown to many people.
Since its discovery in 1966, research into its versatile benefits has been slow to progress, with flashier cannabinoids like cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) taking the limelight. Nonetheless, a growing body of research has shown that this humble cannabinoid has unbelievable therapeutic potential.
That being said -- what exactly is it, how does it work, and how does it relate to CBD oil?
You have questions, and we have answers. Read on to discover more.
What Exactly is CBC?
CBC (cannabichromene) is a beneficial cannabinoid that can be extracted from cannabis after a series of biological processes take place within the plant. As with CBD and THC, CBC is converted from cannabigerol acid (CBGA). That CBGA is then broken down into cannabichromene carboxylic acid (CBCA) and finally into CBC once it's been exposed to UV light or heat.
CBC Works With Other Cannabinoids -- Like CBD
Just like its beloved cousin CBD, CBC is non-intoxicating, so it doesn't produce a euphoric high or altered mental state like THC. Why is it non-intoxicating, you ask? Because it binds rather poorly to CB1 cannabinoid receptors in the brain.
It does, however, possibly bind with other essential neuroreceptors in the body -- such as the transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 (TRPA1) and vanilloid receptor 1 (TRPV1), both of which are linked to pain reception. When CBC activates these two receptors, increased levels of the body's natural endocannabinoids (like anandamide) are released. This is slightly different from CBD, as this beneficial compound has shown to greatly influence receptors, such as CB1 and CB2.
That being said, while CBC definitely has remarkable benefits all on its own, researchers also think it seems to synergistically work with other cannabinoids -- a phenomenon known as the entourage effect.
CBC’s Many Potential Properties
While research continues to push forward to reveal new and promising data surrounding cannabinoids, CBC has already proven to possess extensive therapeutic properties making it a potential remedy for a wide range of issues.*
Here are a few of the top potential benefits:
May Relieve Discomfort
An animal study found that CBC showed great promise for acting as a natural soother to block discomfort in the muscles and joints. While more research is still needed, it's definitely worth something to think about!
May Support Brain Growth
Another study concluded that CBC might have the potential to support neurogenesis -- the growth and development of new brain tissues.* It appears that this powerful cannabinoid increases the viability of brain cells as they're developing.
May Have Cleansing Properties
According to recent trials, CBC displayed a palpable ability to help cleanse germs.* Research has shown that the powerful compound exhibits strong cleansing effects.*
May Combat Acne
Believe it or not, CBC may also help with skin problems. A 2016 study found that CBC was a powerful inhibitor of blemishes.*
Due to its incredible soothing capacity and its ability to slow the production of lipids in the sebaceous gland, CBC just might be an effective solution to keep your face surprisingly clear.
How Will CBC Make Me Feel and How Long Does It Take To Work?
The short and simple answer to both of these common questions is the same as it is for CBD, "it depends."
It depends on many different factors, such as the starting point of your body's systems as well as the concentration of CBC you're taking. Basically, what we're trying to say here is that CBC may affect everyone a little differently and work gradually over time.
Dietary supplements like the ones from Healist (which contain cannabinoids like CBD and CBC) are crafted to work with your body just as nature intended. Results may come by way of steady improvement -- which will make beneficial changes more sustainable each step of the way.
How Do I Take CBC?
CBC can be found in many different cannabis varieties, although it only appears in very small amounts, and given the patchwork of cannabis laws around the world, CBC is not accessible to everyone in this format.
The good news? While you may not be able to find CBC as an oil sold on its own, it can be found as an ingredient in various broad-spectrum and full-spectrum oils. If you're interested in reaping the potential benefits of CBC or want to experience the entourage effect of the entire plant -- look for CBD products that contain CBC and other cannabinoids, as well as flavonoids, terpenes, and natural fatty acids.
Not sure where to look? Check out Healist! We use the highest quality broad-spectrum hemp extract, which contains high levels of CBD but includes other cannabinoids such as CBG, CBDA, CBN, and -- you guessed it -- CBC. And unlike full-spectrum hemp extract -- which contains around 0.3% THC -- our broad-spectrum hemp extracts are non-psychoactive with undetectable levels of THC. What's not to love?
Is CBC Safe?
Yes -- CBC is generally safe and non-toxic.* Despite the lack of research specific to this powerful cannabinoid, there's never been any indication that CBC is dangerous.
One of the best ways to assess the toxicity of a compound -- whether that be CBD, THC, or something else -- is to find its LD50. This is a helpful concept used to describe the amount of a substance needed to have a 50 percent fatality rate.
The LD50 for CBC has not yet been determined, but in a small study, mice were given an insanely large dose of CBC (3000 mg), which proved to be fatal in less than 20 percent of the subjects. Now, to be clear, this is an extremely high dose and is only achievable by injection. It is virtually impossible to get this dose of CBC by ingesting it, especially through a CBD blend product like a CBD oil.
To put this into context for you, a 150 lb person would need to inject roughly 204 grams (a whopping 204,000 mg) of pure CBC to reach this same dose. Seeing as the dose of ingestible BC is usually around 50 mg -- it's easy to see how taking a lethal dose of CBC is highly unlikely.* Plus, it's important to note that this study was done on mice -- not humans -- so much more research is needed to determine whether CBC is truly dangerous or not in extreme doses.
Here at Healist, we provide lab results on all of our products so you can see exactly how much of each cannabinoid you're getting. Our pact to you is total transparency.
Bottom Line: While research is still in its infancy, at this time, CBC seems to be undeniably safe for use-- and can even be beneficial to wellness when combined with other cannabinoids like CBD.*
A Final Word
CBC is a beneficial cannabinoid with unique therapeutic characteristics and a potentially bright future as a holistic approach to wellness.* One of the easiest ways to experience this beneficial compound is by using a high-quality, broad-spectrum CBD oil.*
Here at Healist, we are grounded in science. We test all of our products three times during production to guarantee CBD potency, purity, and consistency.
Check out our range of the highest quality, U.S. organically farmed CBD oil today and see the difference science-backed ingredients and nature can make in your life tomorrow.