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I mean, I’m no doctor… but my official beauty editor opinion? CBC is the most exciting thing to happen to CBD beauty in months, and I personally plan on treating my acne-prone skin to some cannabichromene ASAP.

Technically, any CBD product made from full-spectrum or whole-plant hemp extract should include small amounts of CBC, but thanks to strategic engineering, Plant People’s Oct. 10 launches — the Nourish Botanical Body Lotion, the Restore Botanical Face Mask, and the Revive Botanical Face Serum — feature some of the highest concentrations of cannabichromene on the market. “Through our approach to plant genetics and unique extraction processes, we are able to focus on bringing specific minor cannabinoids to the forefront,” Kennedy says. “For skincare, we chose to include higher levels of CBC.”

“CBC, which stands for cannabichromene, is a different cannabinoid than CBD,” Dr. Devika Icecreamwala, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist with Icecreamwala Dermatology, tells The Zoe Report. “Like CBD, it is not psychoactive.” (As a refresher: That means it won’t get you high.) Also like CBD, CBC is derived from the cannabis sativa plant — AKA, hemp. “While CBD and CBC come from the same plant, each has its own functional benefits,” Gabe Kennedy, the co-founder of Plant People, tells TZR. “We at Plant People believe in showcasing the opportunity that other compounds bring to the table.” And the opportunity for CBC in skincare is definitely promising.

Just as I was reaching my tolerance threshold for CBD product launches, a new release renewed my interest cannabinoids. Plant People’s latest crop of hemp-derived skincare formulas feature the prerequisite CBD. alongside CBC, a less-hyped but arguably more intriguing cannabis compound, especially for skincare enthusiasts. Research into the CBC cannabinoid’s benefits suggest these three little letters could have a major impact on acne.

“Initial research has shown that it has strong topical applications, with anti-inflammatory and anti-acne properties,” Kennedy says (and Dr. Icecreamwala confirms). “This may help with assisting to alleviate various concerns, as it works as an effective antiviral and antibacterial.” To be clear, regular old CBD also has anti-inflammatory properties, but CBC seems to be the stronger contender when it comes to alleviating active acne and keeping future blemishes at bay. Still, it’s doubtful CBC will ever fully replace CBD: The two actually work best when they work together.

This tag-team phenomenon is known as “the entourage effect,” the research-backed belief that the individual parts of the cannabis sativa plant (leaves, flowers, stalks, and all they contain) amplify each others’ benefits. “When people are finding the true benefits of plant medicine, it’s often not a compound in isolation — it’s all these compounds and botanicals working together in harmony,” Kennedy explains. The founder says Plant People utilizes full-spectrum hemp extract that features all the cannabis compounds that nature provides, including (but not limited to) CBD and CBC.

Dr. Icecreamwala is quick to note that long-term studies on CBD and CBC have not been conducted, so at this point, the full range of risks and rewards isn’t known. “Some people have found cannabinoid-derived skincare products to be anti-inflammatory,” the dermatologist says. “But there could be a risk of irritation or allergic reaction from skincare products that contain this ingredient.” Kennedy adds you should always “consult a doctor before using any type of plant medicine.”

CBC has the same origins as both THC and CBD do in that they all stem from cannabigerolic acid (CBGA). Cannabis plants produce CBGA, the precursor to three major cannabinoids: tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), and cannabichromenic acid (CBCA).

While CBC definitely has singular benefits, researchers also think that it seems to synergistically work with other cannabinoids, a term known as the entourage effect. This effect of THC and CBD working together is well-known, but whether other cannabinoids have entourage effects is not well understood.

CBC Works With Other Cannabinoids

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.

A research team that had previously shown CBD’s effect on acne studied other cannabinoids, including CBC, for the same effects. Indeed, CBC was shown to be a powerful inhibitor of acne. As a skin disease, acne is characterized by excess sebum production and sebaceous gland inflammation. It turns out that CBC exhibited powerful anti-inflammatory properties and also suppressed excessive lipid production in the sebaceous glands. CBC also reduced levels of arachidonic acid (AA), which is needed to create the lipogenesis. More research is needed, but CBC might just one day become a very powerful anti-acne treatment.

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.

Also, it’s worth mentioning that most full-spectrum CBD oils will also contain small amounts of CBC.

If the molecular formula C21H30O2 sounds familiar to you, that’s because it is; and you know your cannabinoids! This is the chemical formula of THC, CBD, and CBC. The interesting thing to note is that the atoms within the molecule have slightly different arrangements.

THC and CBD are known for their health benefits. However, other cannabinoids such as CBC also act on the ECS. This interaction between cannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors promotes homeostasis or balance within your body.

Are There Any CBC Specific Products on the Market?

CBC is similar to CBD because it doesn’t bind well to cannabinoid receptors such as CB1 and CB2. However, it does interact with a variety of other receptors, such as TRPV1 and TRPA1.

CBC achieves this by interfering with the processes that tend to degrade these receptors. It enhances the receptor activity of cannabinoids that occur naturally in cannabis, thereby indirectly activating the body’s endocannabinoid system.

In theory, if you get your CBC from hemp with a maximum of 0.3% THC, it is tolerated if not explicitly legal.

There is a huge amount of potential, according to advocates of CBC oil. From having a positive effect on our brain cells to reducing pain, cannabichromene is an exciting cannabinoid. Its range of possible benefits includes, but it is not limited to, usage as an: