Cannabichromene (CBC), also called cannabichrome, cannanbichromene, pentylcannabichromene or cannabinochromene, is an anti-inflammatory which may contribute to the pain-killing effect of cannabis. It is one of the hundreds of cannabinoids found in the Cannabis plant, and is therefore a phytocannabinoid.
CBC may be up to 10 times more potent than CBD for treating stress and anxiety and also has significant anti-inflammatory, pain-reducing, antiviral, anti-tumor, and bone-growth-stimulating properties.
Early research shows that CBC may be useful in the treatment of a variety of health conditions, including:
Depression and Anxiety
Pain and Inflammation
While research into the benefits of CBC is still lacking, the research is promising. Here is what some of the current scientific evidence into CBC suggests.
Depression and Anxiety.
CBC could be extremely effective in treating anxiety and depression and combines with THC and CBD to deliver an entourage effect of mood-boosting properties. CBC and CBG could be even more powerful than THC and CBD in treating anxiety and depression, but further research is needed to back up ever-increasing anecdotal evidence.
Pain and Inflammation.
CBC has been shown to be potentially useful in pain management. CBC may also desensitize certain channels and may combine with THC and CBD to make a particularly potent anti-inflammatory. CBC may affect the receptor involved in pain detection and regulating the body’s heat.
One study on the anti-cancer effects of cannabinoids other than THC found that CBC was the second-most effective cannabinoid at inhibiting the growth of new cancer cells. In this study, it was found that CBG and CBC were particularly potent anticancer compounds.
Part of CBC’s efficacy in beating cancer seems to be linked to its ability to increase the amount of anandamide in the body. Anandamide is a neurotransmitter that plays a major role in pain, mood, appetite, memory, fertility, and other crucial functions.
Patients who are suffering from estrogen-positive breast cancers may need to be careful of increasing levels of anandamide in the body, especially with THC. CBC’s and CBD’s effects may reduce THC’s estrogen-promoting effects and retain its cancer-beating properties.
CBC has been seen to fight breast cancer in vitro (in the womb) and in vivo (in a living organism), showing great promise that CBC and other cannabinoids might prevent cancer from developing in the first place. CBC combined with THC and CBD may be extremely effective in beating cancer and can be used as an adjunct to chemotherapy.
CBC has shown particular promise as a compound that promotes healthy brain function.
One 2013 study showed that CBC had a positive effect on the cells responsible for the development of a child’s brain and plays an important role in adult learning and memory.
The therapeutic properties of CBC also make it potentially very useful in treating neurological diseases and brain pathologies like traumatic brain injury (TBI), multiple sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease.
CBC has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and, as with CBD, suppresses excessive lipid production in the sebaceous (oil-producing) glands. As clogged sebaceous glands are implicated in the development of acne, CBC could help fight breakouts.