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What Is CBC?

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What Is CBC? (Also Known As Cannabichromene)

Cannabichromene (CBC) is one of many chemical compounds, known as cannabinoids, found in the cannabis plant. This non-psychoactive cannabinoid is known for its strong anti-acne and anti-inflammatory properties, which may provide skincare benefits. After cannabigerolic acid (CBGA) converts to cannabichromenic acid (CBCA), this compound then breaks down further into CBC when exposed to heat or ultraviolet light. CBC may also stimulate appetite, boost mood, encourage healthy brain function, and act as a neuroprotectant.

How Does CBC Work? 

The human body naturally produces cannabinoids which are referred to as endocannabinoids. These compounds work in the endocannabinoid system to maintain homeostasis (balance) by binding with receptors. Cannabinoids, like CBC, can imitate endocannabinoids and bind or interact with the receptors, helping to send signals to the body to improve health and overall balance in the system. CBC binds to Cannabinoid-2 (CB2) and Transient Receptor Potential Vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) receptors to produce many beneficial effects.

What Are the Effects of CBC?

CBC is well-known for its anti-acne properties, helping to fight acne by reducing excessive oil production. The anti-inflammatory properties of CBC may help with inflammatory conditions, and the antibacterial properties of CBC may target bacteria associated with respiratory conditions. Research indicates CBC also has antimicrobial properties. CBC may also have antidepressant effects according to research in the Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior journal. CBC may also be beneficial in boosting mood, stimulating appetite, and providing stress relief. While many consumers find CBC products essential in their daily routines, these products are not one-size-fits-all. Before introducing CBC into your routine, discussing your options with a healthcare professional and seeking more information may be helpful.

How Does CBC Interact with CBD?

CBC can be combined with other cannabinoids, like cannabindiol (CBD), to create an entourage effect that may enhance the effects of all combined cannabinoids. At CBD Kratom, we offer CBC products, and many of these products combine CBG with other cannabinoids. Full spectrum products contain a full profile of cannabinoids, like CBC, and other compounds including flavonoids, terpenes, essential oils, and fatty acids. Broad spectrum products also contain a full profile of cannabinoids and other compounds with any trace amounts of Delta-9 THC removed.

How Much CBC Should I Take?

The amount of CBC you choose to take will vary depending on your specific needs and/or desired effects. Finding the right CBC product is largely based on an individual’s needs and preferences as research suggests people respond differently to various dosages and consumption methods. Products with CBC are often available in combination with other cannabinoids, like CBD, which may factor into finding the dosage that works best for you and your needs. We suggest starting with the recommended serving size and gradually increasing or decreasing as needed to feel your desired effects. Cannabinoids are fat-soluble and interact with phytochemicals, like terpenes, so the food you eat may impact your personal experience. Starting with a low dose for one week may be helpful in determining your specific response and tolerance to the CBC product. If you do not achieve the desired effects, slowly increase your dose. Adjust weekly until you feel the desired effects.

Is CBG Legal? 

The 2018 Farm Bill confirms all derivatives, isomers, and cannabinoids in hemp are legal. However, all final products must contain 0.3% or less of Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Although there are no current age restrictions from the federal government on hemp-derived products, our company policy states you must be 18 years or older to purchase CBC products, and 21 years or older to purchase inhalants or smokables.

What Are the Different Ways to Take CBG?

CBC is available in several forms including tinctures/oils, cartridges, edibles, beverages, topicals, oils, tinctures, and cartridges. We also offer CBC products that combine benefits of other terpenes and cannabinoids. Before introducing CBC into your routine, we recommend consulting with a healthcare professional.
Tinctures/Oils

Tinctures or oils are a popular method for taking CBC due to their convenience. Apply the recommended dosage under your tongue with the dropper and hold the oil in place for a minimum of 60 seconds to allow for maximum absorption through the capillaries. After holding for the allotted time, swallow the CBC oil. You will likely begin to feel the effects or a tincture or oil within 10-15 minutes. Typically, consumers report the effects last for about four to six hours. 

Smokables 

Smoking and/or vaping is one of the easiest ways to consume CBC, and it provides more bioavailability, meaning you can absorb more of the CBC than you would with other forms, like edibles. With smokable products, you inhale the CBC which is then absorbed through the lungs and into the bloodstream. Inhalation provides instant effects which can last anywhere from two to four hours.

Edibles 

Edibles, like gummies or caramels, are an easy and discreet way to try CBC. This form introduces CBC through the digestive system into the bloodstream. You will likely begin to feel the effects of edibles within 30 minutes to an hour. The effects of edibles typically last longer than other CBC methods of delivery, about six to eight hours. 

Beverages

Water-soluble CBC can be dissolved into beverages such as coffee, tea, smoothies, beer, wine, and many other drinks. Through a process called nanoemulsion, water-soluble CBC creates fast acting effects by dissolving rapidly into the bloodstream. Beverages provide instant effects that may last up to about two hours. 

Topicals 

Topicals work best for any pain that is in a centralized location. The CBC absorbs directly into the skin and activates nearby cannabinoid receptors to alleviate pain. This method is best for inflammation and muscle pain. Relief typically peaks after an hour, but for faster-acting effects, use the topical after taking a shower or applying heat to open your pores.  

How Can I Find the Right Product?

Finding the right CBC product will depend largely on your needs, wants, and preferences. Many customers find personal consultations helpful in determining which cannabinoid and method of delivery works best for them. Visit us in-store for a personal consultation with our doyens.

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