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What is CBC Oil? A Guide to Cannabichromene

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What is CBC Oil? A Guide to Cannabichromene

6 min read

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Cannabichromene, also known as CBC, is a common cannabinoid found in broad and full spectrum CBD products. But what is it? Let’s take a look.

In this guide:

If you’re a regular reader of Evopure’s blog, you’ll know that cannabinoids go well beyond just CBD and THC. 

These are undoubtedly the most well-known of the compounds found in the cannabis plant, for their powerful but quite different effects. 

CBD oil in particular has been highly popular in recent years due to the reported health benefits of cannabidiol.

What is CBC oil?

However, there are over 100 cannabinoids that can be extracted from the cannabis plant, each with their own unique properties and benefits.

In this Evopure guide to CBC and CBC oil, you’ll learn:

  • What CBC is exactly
  • How CBC is produced
  • What makes CBC different from other cannabinoids
  • The benefits of CBC oil


The truth is, scientists are only just starting to scratch the surface when it comes to the properties and benefits of the many different cannabinoids. 

The CBD industry has boomed in recent years, both in the UK and internationally. 

To date, producers and manufacturers have focused on one cannabinoid, CBD, and you’ll find a range of potent CBD products. 

Broad spectrum and full spectrum CBD products don’t contain only CBD, but also a range of other cannabinoids in order to take full advantage of CBD’s legendary entourage effect.

But what about the specific properties of individual cannabinoids, rather than their behaviour as part of an “entourage”?

There is a good chance each of the many cannabinoids found in the hemp plant has unique properties and therapeutic effects, which are not discovered yet. 

CBC is just one cannabinoid that has shown results in scientific studies that indicate the potential for more.

So what is CBC oil? Let’s dive in.

What is CBC?

CBC, or cannabichromene, is a cannabinoid, a compound naturally found in the hemp plant. CBC was first discovered decades ago, but it has not drawn as much attention as more famous cannabinoids THC and CBD which are also extracted from the cannabis plant.

Unlike THC, but like CBD, CBC does not have any psychoactive or addictive properties.

Read more: CBD vs THC

CBC is not intoxicating because it does not bind well to the CB1 endocannabinoid receptors in the brain. 

It rather attaches itself to the receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system, an important system that impacts on digestion, pain, emotions and many of important physical processes.

For example, we know that CBC binds to the TRPV1, or vanilloid, receptor and the TRPA1, or ankyrin 1 receptor

These receptors are very important for the wellbeing of our bodies.

Furthermore, CBC’s interaction with these receptors stimulates the body to produce more of its natural endocannabinoids.

Research on CBC oil is still in its early stages, but scientists believe that this compound has a number of properties for encouraging overall wellness.

In fact, CBC is one of the top six cannabinoids included in medical research, which indicates that scientists believe it may have therapeutic benefits and so are exploring this further.

Despite being part of the “Big Six” cannabinoids, not many people, even regular CBD consumers, know much about CBC. 

You may have seen it listed on the lab reports of your broad spectrum CBD oil, but probably haven’t given it any more thought than that.

What is CBC
Cannabichromene is often found in broad and full spectrum CBD products

How is CBC Produced?

Like other Cannabinoids, CBC is produced through a series of biological processes within the hemp plant. The plant produces cannabigerolic acid (CBGA), which is broken down into CBCA (cannabichromene carboxylic acid). 

With exposure to heat and UV rays, the CBCA is converted into CBC.

CBGA is also the parent compound of THC and CBD: the plant can produce any of these compounds depending on the conditions. After getting exposed to the heat and UV rays, this acid is converted into CBC.

CBC is available in significant quantities in certain hemp strains. 

However, these hemp strains are not necessarily grown in large numbers as the producers tend to focus on strains that produce the most CBD. 

To produce CBC oil, manufacturers must either use a hemp strain that contains a high concentration of Cannabichromene or use processes to transform phytocannabinoids into CBC.

Currently, there are no standalone CBC products on the general market – CBC oil or similar are still in an experimental stage. 

However, broad spectrum CBD products usually contain at least some CBC: check the label or lab results to confirm the exact quantities.

How is CBC made
CBC is a completely natural compound that is produced during the growing process

What are the Differences Between Cannabichromene and other Cannabinoids?

There are more than 100 distinct cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.

Additionally, there are a range of other compounds, notably fatty acids, flavonoids and terpenes.

Read more: What are terpenes?

So far, researchers have identified the six most prominent cannabinoids, known as the “Big Six”. 

These, at least to date, have been the focus of research into their properties

However, this can be a lengthy process.

For example, it has taken decades of studies to highlight the potential benefits of CBD, or cannabidiol, and this research is still in its early stages. 

It’s only in recent years that hemp farmers have started large-scale production of hemp strains that are high in CBD.

Many countries have allowed the legal sale of CBD products, and accordingly that we’ve seen a large range of CBD products becoming available on the market.

Both CBC and CBD compounds have a range of wellness benefits without the psychoactive effects of THC. While all cannabinoids share some similar properties, these compounds each have distinct effects.

For example, THC binds extremely well with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain, which is how it produces the psychoactive effect that gets you high and fills you with euphoria

CBC and CBD, on the other hand, do not bind well with the same receptors, and so do not produce the same psychoactive effects. CBC binds very well with other receptors in the human body, particularly TRPA1 and TRPV1.

Where to buy CBC oil
Check the lab reports to make sure your product contains CBC oil

What are the Benefits of CBC Oil?

Studies have already shown some very promising results when it comes to CBC. Like CBD, it is likely that CBC works better and more efficiently when taken with other compounds, as part of the entourage effect that we mentioned above. 

It can therefore be difficult to know the full benefits of one single cannabinoid by studying it in isolation.

If you are a regular consumer of CBD, you’ve probably already heard of a lot of the potential benefits for improving general wellbeing throughout the body.

These benefits are not limited to CBD though. There are a number of studies and research which back up CBC use for encouraging wellness.

Most of the research is recent and early, but is looking promising.

The benefits of CBC oil
However, these are early studies into CBC oil - so cannot yet be confirmed benefits

How do you Take CBC Oil?

To date, CBC oil isn’t available as a standalone product on the commercial market and CBC products are still in the experimental stage. 

It is, however, found in products containing a range of cannabinoids. 

The best way to take CBC is in a full spectrum or broad spectrum CBD product that contains a wide range of cannabinoids.

Many broad spectrum and full spectrum CBD products contain CBC, though in varying quantities. 

It is important to check the lab results of the product to know the CBC concentration, as well as ensuring that the THC levels are safe and legal.

While the compound has not shown any adverse effects on humans, it may interact with medication, so be sure to consult your doctor before starting to take any cannabinoid product if you are also taking medication.

How do you take CBC oil
In full and broad spectrum CBD, you'll also find a number of other cannabinoids

Summing Up

Early results of studies into CBC are certainly promising. However, more research is needed to learn about the benefits CBC and viability of CBC oil. 

This is one of the reasons why currently, CBC oil is not available as a stand alone product.

For now, the only way to consume CBC is through a full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD oil. 

It has many properties that are similar to other cannabinoids, as well as several distinct features.

As always, it is important to consult with your doctor and follow their advice if you’re facing any particular condition – CBD should only be used to encourage overall wellbeing rather than a particular issue.

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