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CBC as a potential cancer fighter was first published in a 2006 study that looked at cannabinoids other than THC and their possible effects on cancer. While THC is known for its anti-tumor properties for several different forms of cancer, its powerful psychotropic qualities can make it difficult for chemotherapy use. So far, research has found CBC to be the second-most-potent cannabinoid at inhibiting the growth of new cancer cells (CBG was the most potent).

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

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 chemopreventive agent.

Pain and Inflammation

CBC is non-intoxicating, so it doesn’t produce a euphoric high like THC. The reason it is non-intoxicating is because it binds poorly to CB1 cannabinoid receptors in the brain. But CBC does bind with other receptors in the body, such as the vanilloid receptor 1 (TRPV1) and transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 (TRPA1), both of which are linked to pain perception. When CBC activates these receptors, increased levels of the body’s natural endocannabinoids like anandamide are released.

In a 2013 mouse study, CBC had a positive effect on neural stem progenitor cells (NSPCs), a cell essential to healthy brain function. NSPCs became more viable when in the presence of CBC, and that shows promise because NSPCs differentiate into astroglial cells, the most important cells for maintaining brain homeostasis. The astroglial cells perform a whole host of functions, including neurotransmitter direction and defending against oxidative stress. Astroglia counteract many of these issues—oxidative stress, inflammation, toxicity—that create neurological diseases and brain pathologies like Alzheimer’s disease.

The purported benefits of CBC have far-reaching implications. Below are a few medical conditions that may be alleviated by cannabichromene.

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) do, and don’t have the side effects of these medications. In another example of the entourage effect, CBC in combination with THC had significant anti-inflammatory response in a recent animal study; together, the two cannabinoids produced a much greater effect on inflammation than by themselves.

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Another aspect of accessibility is price. Price naturally varies between companies based on the specific methods they use to extract CBD and to produce, distribute and advertise their products. However, some companies take clear steps to make their products affordable for a wide variety of people while others do not.

Finally, you will note that our list purposefully highlights a variety of CBD formulas. Simply put, there are three main formulas for distributing CBD.

1. Verma Farms CBD Capsules 750 mg

Vegan Capsule: No

In order to earn a spot on our list, CBD pills must contain what they say they do, as well as be free of potentially harmful additives with lab reports available to back this up.

Medterra Wellness Liposomal CBD Capsules are cutting-edge, multifunctional supplements that unite the CBD innovation that Medterra is known for with the ancient wisdom of nature via adaptogens, medicinal mushrooms, and other botanicals to support four different basic wellness needs. These caps utilize Medterra’s proprietary liposomal technology for faster absorption and better bioavailability, and are made with Ultra Broad Spectrum CBD to deliver a more well-rounded CBD experience.