Cannabichromene (CBC)

Last Updated: August 26, 2018

Definition - What does Cannabichromene (CBC) mean?

Cannabichromene (CBC) is a naturally occurring non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in marijuana plants. It is produced in the trichomes of the plant’s system through an enzymatic response. Unlike THC and CBD, CBC is a lesser known cannabinoid found in marijuana.

Cannabichromene (CBC) was first discovered in 1966 by researchers. It is believed to be the second most abundant cannabinoid to occur in the cannabis plant.

The process of CBC conversion involves the plant utilizing an enzyme known as CBCA synthase to turn cannabigerolic acid (CBGA) into cannabichromenic acid (CBCA), which is then converted into CBC.

MaximumYield explains Cannabichromene (CBC)

Within the human body, CBC does not bind with CB1 or CB2 receptors. However, it does have the ability to react with other cell receptors such as the vanilloid receptor 1 (TRPV1) and transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 (TRPA1) within the body. Activation of TRPV1 and TRPA1 helps increase the body’s endocannabinoid system, which makes the other receptors of the body more sensitive to the various cannabinoids found in cannabis.

CBC shares the identical molecular formula as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD): C21H30O2. Despite the similarities, the atoms and chemical properties of the three compounds differ.

Studies have found that CBC may play an important role in the prevention and treatment of a wide array of conditions such as acne, cancer, depression, bone growth issues, and gastrointestinal disorders. It might also have anti-fungal qualities. Like CBD, cannabichromene does not have a psychoactive affect on the user when consumed.

This definition was written in the context of Cannabis
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