CBC’s full name is cannabichromene, and it is one of the many ‘minor’ cannabinoids present in Cannabis that are being studied. Early work indicated that CBC has important pain relief and anti-anxiety properties (see references), and the NIH recently awarded $3 million in research funding towards minor cannabinoids and terpenes, including CBC. Some preclinical trials are also looking at CBC and CBC’s ability to kill colon cancer cells.
Some work has been done to determine how CBC plays a role in the body’s endocannabinoid system, and the big takeaway is that CBC could potentially be a big a player working with CBD to carry out its’ effects on the body.
CBC is currently very rare in hemp plants, and being rare and having biological effects, makes it sought after. In order to produce CBC, the right genetic network, including the CBCA synthase, has to be present in plants to create more than negligible amounts of CBC. With diligent breeding that CBC creating network can be assembled, and the plants produce CBC. This is how Blue DelicaC can express up to 3% CBC, whereas other hemp cultivars expres 0% CBC.
So far CBC distillate has commanded a very high price, upwards of $30,000 for a kg. This is in part because CBC has been so rare in the starting hemp material that it is very costly to produce distillate. However, CBC is very desirable in today’s marketplace, so extractors are willing to scrape together the CBC they can to make distillate.
Now, with the creation of CBC hemp lines like Blue DelicaC , extractors can create those very high value distillates with dramatically reduced production costs. In turn, the value of CBC hemp material could be quite high in 2020. As for the smokables market, many consumers are attracted to novel cannabinoids (note the rise of CBG, CBN, etc) and CBC varieties should create a similar buzz.
Our Blue DelicaC behaves like any other fully CBD plant, and it has an intact cannabinod pathway, unlike many CBG varieties. Subsequently, it exhibits great pest and disease resistance and is vigorous in the field. Unlike CBG which has chemical properties that make it difficult to extract, CBC doesn’t carry the same baggage and can be processed in the same manner as CBD.