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Most people know of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), THC is a potent cannabinoid and the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that is responsible for the feeling of being “high”.
However, most individuals are unaware of the effects of the cannabinoid, Cannabichromene (CBC). CBC is not psychoactive, which means it will not give the user feelings of euphoria like THC will.
Although this cannabinoid does not hold much value for recreational users, it contains a multitude of medicinal benefits for medical marijuana patients. CBC is known to have strong antibacterial effects on bacteria such as E. coli and Staph. CBC also has the ability to treat inflammation, depression, alleviate pain and even stimulate brain growth to promote neurogenesis.
Neurogenesis is the birth of new neurons in the brain, most of it occurs as an embryo when the brain is being developed. With that being said, the age old myth that pot kills your brain cells has been busted, in fact it does the exact opposite.
Substances like opiates, alcohol, nicotine and cocaine are known to inhibit brain growth. They are even known to kill brain cells in large quantities and damage vital organs. Cannabis has the opposite effect due to CBC and other cannabinoids which are known to repair the body.
Researchers believe that CBC can be used to treat pain without the side effect of getting high. CBC synergizes with the body, opposed to Acetaminophen and other OTC pain relievers, which are known to dry out organs such as the liver and kidneys. After all, Cannabis is grown in nature, not synthesized in a lab like most prescription medicines.
A study done at the University of Mississippi concluded that Cannabichromene possesses powerful antidepressant effects.
Another study in 2011 concluded CBC, as well as another cannabinoid, Cannabidiol (CBD), can be used to fight pain by “interacting with several targets that involve the control of pain” along the spinal cord. I myself have a herniated disc in my lower back (L4-L5 region). I was prescribed Vicodin along with a few other drugs to help relax my muscles and help me fall asleep for the pain.
Not only was I drugged out of my mind rendering myself incoherent, my body was showing no signs of progression toward better health. Whenever I was not on the prescription medicine I was in a great deal of pain. To make matters worse I was on highly addictive prescription pills, all of which have the potential to act as a gateway drug to “harder” substances.
After a bit of research I found that marijuana was being prescribed for back pain in states where medical marijuana is legal. So I decided to give it a try. The difference was unbelievable, I was pain free and asleep within minutes after hitting the pillow. Granted, after consumption I was not very clear minded, but I certainly wasn’t as dumb as a rock like when I was whacked out on prescription pills.
With legalization slowly spreading from state to state we could soon be living in a world where strains concentrated with CBC and CBD are used to ease pain instead of doctors prescribing potentially addictive medications. Perhaps one day we will have the luxury of going into a dispensary and finally having the benefit of knowing 100% of the cannabinoids within the strain and the different levels of potency of each.
Written by: Shawn O’Mara
Edited by: Patrick Thompson