CBC oil is cannabis oil with CBC. This form of cannabis oil is not as well known as CBD oil and THC oil. We think that's a shame, because CBC oil can be just as useful as other forms of cannabis oil.
What is CBC
CBC stands for Cannabichromene. The chemical formula of CBC is C.21H30O2.
Hemp with a relatively large amount of CBC is used for the production of CBC oil. Special hemp is grown for this. This has to do with how cannabis grows:
A young cannabis plant contains a lot of CBGA. As the cannabis plant grows, CBGA is converted to:
The A at the end of these abbreviations stands for acid. These acids are then converted into CBD, THC or CBC.
The final ratios between these different substances depend on the cannabis variety and environmental factors such as humidity, heat and light.
For the production of CBC oil, a hemp variety with a relatively large amount of CBC is used. And by using the right environmental factors, one tries to maximize the concentration of CBC.
Effect of CBC oil
CBC is a cannabinoid. This means that CBC has an effect on the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the human body. The ECS, in turn, affects other body systems such as the nervous and immune systems.
Now the endocannabinoid system is a relatively recent discovery. People are working hard to discover exactly how this system works. Most studies mainly look at the effect of the well-known cannabinoids CBD and THC.
In our research for this text, we discovered only one study from 2017 that dealt with CBC. That was it. And it's a laboratory study, so the results say little about how CBC works in real people. In other words, there is still a lot to discover.
What we do know is that CBC is not psychoactive. You cannot possibly get high from CBC oil.
Users of CBC oil are generally positive, but of course that does not count as scientifically hard evidence. The use of CBC oil is therefore mainly a matter of trying.
CBC in the body
We already mentioned above that CBC has an effect on the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This is true, but this is done in a slightly different way than with CBD and THC. We explain this below.
The B1 and B2 receptors are part of the ECS. Certain substances produced by the body itself can attach to these receptors. We call these substances endocannabinoids. The prefix endo- stands for self.
It now appears that certain substances from cannabis can also attach themselves to the aforementioned receptors. This mainly concerns CBD and THC.
However, CBC does not adhere to B1 or B2 receptors. CBC is primarily an agonist for the enzyme TRPA1. This means that CBC activates the enzyme TRPA1. In this way, CBC initiates a biochemical process.
How this biochemical process takes place in the body and what effect it has exactly, is still largely unknown. Much more scientific research needs to be done before one can say anything sensible about it.
Would you like to know more about CBC oil? Or one of our other cannabis oils? Then contact us. We are happy to help you.