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What is CBC?

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By now you’re probably familiar with cannabinoids, especially the most common compounds THC and CBD. Maybe you’ve even tried CBG, but you likely haven’t heard of cannabichromene, also known as CBC.

What is cannabichromene?

Discovered over 50 years ago, CBC is considered one of the “big six” cannabinoids prominent in medical research. It doesn’t get as much attention, but CBC’s benefits are extremely promising. Most notably, CBC extract is gaining renown for its pain-fighting abilities in chronic pain communities.

CBC has the same origins as THC and CBD. They all stem from cannabigerolic acid (CBGa). Cannabis plants produce CBGa, the precursor to other major cannabinoids including tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCa), cannabidiolic acid (CBDa), and cannabichromenic acid (CBCa). These are cannabinoids with an acidic tail. With heat, the molecules transform into THC, CBD, and CBC, making them safe for human consumption.

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CBC Effects


While CBC has singular benefits, researchers believe it works synergistically with other cannabinoids in a phenomenon known as the entourage effect. It’s well-known that CBD and THC enhance each other’s power, but how other cannabinoids play into the entourage effect is not fully understood.  However, the purported benefits of CBC have far-reaching implications. So what exactly is CBC oil good for? Below are a few medical conditions that cannabichromene may alleviate.


Cannabichromene has been shown to block pain and inflammation associated with collagen-induced osteoarthritis. Cannabinoids like CBC act on inflammation differently than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and don’t produce the same side effects. (Cannabinoid side effects are typically mild.) In a recent animal study, CBC in combination with THC had a significant anti-inflammatory response; together, the two cannabinoids produced a much greater effect on inflammation than by themselves.


Multiple peer-reviewed studies reveal that cannabinoids produce an antitumoral effect. A recent study in which tumor growth was initiated in mice (two-stage mouse skin carcinogenesis model) showed cannabinoids might be effective in inhibiting both inflammation and tumor growth. Since anandamide has been shown to fight breast cancer in vitro and in vivo, this shows promise that CBC and other cannabinoids might one day be a chemo-preventive agent.


Other than its effects on cancer cells, CBC may be beneficial because of how it interacts with the body’s natural endocannabinoid anandamide. Anandamide produces a host of positive functions, most notably mood enhancement and fear reduction. CBC appears to inhibit the uptake of anandamide, allowing it to remain longer in the bloodstream, thus enhancing mood.

In another amazing display of the entourage effect, CBC appears to work in conjunction with THC and CBD to deliver a trifecta of antidepressant properties

The therapeutic promise of CBC is important and requires more research to determine its power by itself, as well as with other cannabinoids working together for an entourage effect. Cannabis patients today are limited in the products available to them, but hopefully, as new studies emerge and cannabis laws loosen, researchers can hone in on the specific benefits of each cannabinod. 


CBC extraction is the same process as CBD extraction except with cannabichromene-rich hemp. First, producers pull the raw hemp oil from plant material using CO2. It’s then winterized (separated from unwanted plant material) and decarboxylated (heated to remove the molecule’s carbon tail). Because there is far less CBC in hemp than CBD, extracting CBC is more of a challenge, and most cannabichromene formulas maintain a generous amount of CBD. 

Unlike CBG, CBN and CBD, cannabichromene does not chemically crystallize into a powdered isolate. Instead, distillate is the most concentrated form of CBC extract.

Each cannabinoid has its own boiling point, which allows the distiller to separate cannabinoids using vacuum pressure and heat to extract a distillate. While distillate is the closest possible version of pure CBC oil, cannabichromene distillate contains a minuscule amount of other cannabinoids. 

Our CBC Products


CBC is touted for its pain-relieving qualities. Try it for yourself!


Relief Formula CBC Tincture
We are one of the few companies that offer CBC tincture, which contains a 1 to 3 ratio of CBC to CBD. That’s 600 milligrams of CBC and 1800 milligrams of CBD in each 30-milliliter bottle. The oil is formulated to ease body aches and pains to promote comfort throughout the day.  Unlike edibles, tincture results in quicker effects due to sublingual bioavailability. 

Relief Formula CBC Softgels
Like our tincture formula, CBC softgels contain the same dose of CBC to CBD in each bottle (600 to 1800, respectively). Capsules possess a few benefits, mainly that softgels are pre-dosed, travel-friendly and tasteless. 

CBC Chocolate Bar
Made by our partners at Peak Extracts in Oregon, the CBC chocolate bar contains 75 milligrams of Extract Labs CBD and 19 milligrams of CBC per bar. The broad spectrum edible is THC free. 

Bulk CBC Distillate
As mentioned earlier, THC free distillate is an extraction with a high concentration of CBC cannabinoids. It’s the closest CBC will get to isolate because it cannot chemically convert into a solid. Bulk distillate comes in 5, 25, and 100 grams. 

CBC Sauce
For a single portion of distillate, sauce is a ready-to-use syringe infused with Lemon Fule cannabis terpenes. The strain is a Sativa-dominant hybrid. Dab sauce as it or add it to cannabis products, flowers, food, and other ingredients.

Adding CBC Cannabinoids to Your Regimen

When starting a plant-based wellness routine, it is important to try new things and listen to your body every step of the way. While CBD may be doing the trick on its own, you may find that experimenting with cannabinoids like CBC leads to better results.

If you have been trying different products to no avail, our team of in-house experts is on standby, ready to answer any and all questions. Whether you are just starting out and looking for answers on what to expect or a CBD expert just looking to refine your routine, we are here!

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