- Posted by Options Medical Center
- On June 19, 2018
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To date, we’ve talked at length about THC and CBD; the rock stars of the cannabis plant. Much has been made of those two cannabinoids in the press, as they get the most attention when it comes to marijuana research. Even those who are unfamiliar with cannabis and its medical possibilities have at least heard that THC reduces pain and CBD has antipsychotic and anti-inflammatory properties. What most people don’t know is that there are at least 85 identified cannabinoids that have medical potential and more are being discovered every month.
In keeping with the rock star analogy, THC and CBD are Paul and John. They are well known and well loved, with each offering their unique personality that makes the music recognizable. CBC is Ringo. You don’t think much about him as an individual, and very few will be screaming his name from the bleachers. But without his rhythm, there could be no White Album. As individuals, they are somewhat special. Working in concert (pun intended) they make music that’s remarkable. This phenomenon, where all cannabinoids are more powerful than the sum of their parts, is known as “The Entourage Effect.”
CBC, like CBD, is not intoxicating but seems to be chock full of medical benefits. Research is still limited to cannabichromene because cannabis is still federally illegal and the few resources available are strongly focused on the better-understood cannabinoids. To date, there are five known medical applications CBC may be useful for both singularly and in the entourage with CBD and THC:
A recent study has shown evidence that CBC may be a chemopreventive agent. The prevailing theory is that cannabichromene inhibits the uptake of anandamide, a naturally occurring chemical that’s shown promise in fighting breast cancer.
CBC seems to make neural stem progenitor cells (NSPCs) more viable. These NSPCs create cells necessary for counteracting brain oxidative stress, inflammation, and toxicity, all of which contribute to neurological diseases.
Pain and Inflammation
CBC has been shown to block pain and inflammation without the harmful side effects associated with NSAIDs.
CBC seems to contribute to marijuana’s antidepressant properties as its inclusion is more effective than CBD or THC isolates. This is an example of the Entourage Effect mentioned above.
CBC has been shown to be a powerful inhibitor of acne! CBC suppresses excess lipid production in the sebaceous glands while reducing skin inflammation.
The science of cannabis is fascinating to us here at Options Medical Center, and we love sharing our knowledge with you. Come into our dispensary sometime and chat with our budtenders; you might even teach us a thing or two! Whichever day of the week you stop by, we’ll have a daily deal running.