Cannabichromenic Acid (CBC-a)

Last Updated: August 13, 2018

Definition - What does Cannabichromenic Acid (CBC-a) mean?

Cannabichromene acid (CBC-a) is considered to be the fourth key cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. CBC-a is located in the most abundant levels in tropical marijuana plant strains. However, it can also be found in other strains but not at the same levels.

In recent years, specific strains of marijuana have been developed that boast higher than normal levels of CBC-a. Medical marijuana researchers and the pharmaceutical industry have found that strains with higher levels of CBC-a help fight inflammation and feature strong antibacterial properties.

MaximumYield explains Cannabichromenic Acid (CBC-a)

Cannabichromenic acid is believed to start being secreted by the cannabis plant during the plant’s early seedling stage. It appears that CBC-a develops in the young seedling before the young plant even starts to create tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Unlike THC, CBC-a is non-psychoactive and can later be converted into cannabichromene (CBC) through an aging and heating process. The heating process, known as decarboxylation or decarbing, converts the CBC-a into usable CBC, which readily binds with the human body’s C-receptors.

The four most highly sought-after cannabinoids: CBC, CBD, THC, and CBG are all obtained via decarbing. They are the big four that are being studied by researchers for their possible wide scale medicinal benefits.

This definition was written in the context of Cannabis
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