When there are more than 100 cannabinoids isolated from the cannabis plant, it’s unlikely that someone can be up-to-speed on all of them. There’s a good chance you’re familiar with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)—the chemical that creates the “high” most people associate with marijuana use—and cannabidiol (CBD), the legal and non-psychoactive compound that packs a punch and provides a host of benefits for its users. You may even be familiar with other cannabis compounds like cannabigerol (CBG) and cannabinol (CBN).
However, most people can’t even pronounce the lesser-known cannabichromene (CBC), let alone explain it. For the record, it’s “cuh-nah-buh-cro-mean,” and it’s believed to promote healthy brain function, relieve pain and inflammation, combat bacteria and fungus, and even fight cancer.
While this cannabinoid lacks the name recognition of the others mentioned, it’s actually the second most prominent compound found in cannabis and shares many of the same desirable properties of other cannabinoids. Most importantly for some, CBC lacks psychoactive attributes, so there’s no concern about getting high after using it.
What is Cannabichromene (CBC)?
Despite its discovery more than 50 years ago—and the fact that it has shown great medicinal promise—CBC remains a bit of a mystery to the medical community. In terms of its origination, it very closely mirrors both CBD and THC since it stems from cannabigerolic acid (CBGA).
That CBGA then reacts with enzymes in a glandular trichome found in the plant, forming cannabichromene acid (CBCA). As the plant ages, or through an accelerated process caused by heat, CBCA eventually loses a molecule of CO2. It’s only at this point is the compound considered CBC.
One of the more interesting points on the science behind CBC is that it shares the same molecular formula as THC and CBD; but the arrangement of its molecules is slightly different, which dictates how the compounds behave.
What is CBC Used For?
We could simply say “a lot” here, but that really wouldn’t be doing CBC justice. CBC is one of the most well-rounded cannabinoids with an abundance of advantages.
In fact, one study concluded that CBC can play an instrumental role in helping users battle the effects of depression. Even among other cannabinoids, CBC performed well, displaying a potency 10 times that of what CBD can offer.
In a 1981 study conducted at the University of Mississippi, researchers noted that CBC showed “strong” antibacterial properties on several gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria samples, including E. coli and staph. The findings also pointed to CBC supplying a “mild to moderate” defense against fungi, including black mold.
As if that wasn’t enough, one of the more recent studies on CBC uncovered yet another incredible benefit. CBC could actually help promote the growth of new brain cells—a process known in the science community as neurogenesis.
Relief from pain, inflammation, and acne can also occur through the use of CBC.