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What Is CBC and How Is It Different from CBD?

Written By Kine Industries 12 Dec 2022
What Is CBC and How Is It Different from CBD?

For many years, CBD was the only known non-intoxicating cannabinoid and its research was hamstrung by the stringent laws governing the use of cannabis at the time. Following the discovery of CBD, other cannabinoid compounds came into the picture. One of the most prevalent being CBC, which was unearthed approximately fifty years ago.

Since the early 2000s, when the therapeutic value of CBD became widely recognized, hemp processors have been increasing production of rarer cannabinoids like CBC, CBG, and CBN. Many would-be users of these compounds don't know the pros and cons of one over another - or combinations. Therefore, a detailed comparison of CBC vs. CBD goes a long way to helping you make a decision that suits you best.

The key difference between CBC and CBD is their interaction with TRV1 receptors. CBC binds directly to the TRPV1 in the nervous system, making it more useful for inflammatory diseases. On the other hand, CBD links more with the 5-HT1A receptors, which is why it's so widely used to alleviate neuropathic pain.


CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a non-intoxicating chemical compound found in the cannabis sativa plant and widely recognized for its health benefits. From as early as the 2000s, various states in the US began to legalize the medical use of CBD in the medical field. Get more information on CBD in our Resource Library.



CBC closely resembles CBD in that it's a non-intoxicating product that doesn’t compromise your senses or make you feel high. Instead, it may play an impactful role in the sustenance of your neurological health. It’s important to understand that there are limited cannabis sativa phenotypes that contain high levels of CBC. The compound isn’t extracted from the cannabis flower, but rather, it is derived directly from the stem cell, which is the point of inception for several cannabinoids.

By now you’re probably familiar with cannabinoids, especially the most common ones, THC and CBD. But you likely haven’t heard of cannabichromene, also known as CBC. 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 potential benefits are extremely promising.

CBC was first analyzed for the treatment or suppression of cancer, and the results indicate a direct correlation between CBC use and tumor size reduction. CBC may also promote neurological health, specifically the development of neural stem progenitor cells, potentially reducing the effects of Alzheimer’s in some people.

Compared to CBD, CBC has a direct link on the TRPV1 receptors in the nervous system, making it a valuable analgesic tool. Consequently, inflammatory conditions and pain related to arthritis or any illness of similar nature may be controlled using CBC.

As more hemp processors begin to produce CBC isolates and distillates, Kine is looking forward to adding this to our product offering.





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