EXPLORING CBCA: CANNABICHROMENIC ACID

A BIT ABOUT CANNABINOIDS

Cannabinoids are compounds found within the cannabis plants, which include hemp and marijuana. Thanks to the legalization of marijuana in California in 1996, research opportunities began to surface. More information was gained rapidly in regard to the two most common compounds found in cannabis. CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol – also known as THC-Delta-9 and THC-Delta-8) have nearly become household names.

THC Is a psychoactive compound. It makes you experience that euphoric high from smoking weed. CBD, on the other hand, still packs a punch to medical conditions and pain, without being a psychoactive compound. This drove the industry to isolate THC and remove it from oil extracted from the plants. When THC is removed, you are left with what is being marketed as CBD oil. This oil has exploded onto the market, with a dramatic rise since January of 2019, due to the new Farm Bill that made it much easier to become a marijuana cultivator or hemp cultivator.

“CBCA is one of 112 known cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. When decarboxylation methods are used to heat the compound, it breaks down to CBC, another cannabinoid.”

To grow either of these crops legally you must be certified to do so and heavily regulated. It isn’t easy to become a grower but due to the potential in a rapidly growing market, particularly, for hemp from which CBD is extracted, applications reached an all-time high in 2019. The number of applications in 2019 has risen over 300% from previous years.

With all of this attention and focus, research is starting to branch out and study the other cannabinoid compounds found in the cannabis plant family.

DECRIMINALIZING CANNABIS 

Few would disagree with the claim that medical marijuana has been one of the biggest medical breakthroughs of our time. Many have lobbied and marched, attended “smoke-ins” and confronted lawmakers to push for the legalization of marijuana. 

Thanks to this push, as of 2019, eight states have legalized the use of medical marijuana. Other states have reduced restrictions on what they’ve called ‘personal use’ marijuana. This essentially has reduced or eliminated possession penalties state-wide. 

THE MIRACLE OF ANANDAMIDE

Further research has proven that CBC helps the cannabinoid receptors in the body, part of the (endo) cannabinoid system, to produce more anandamide.

Anandamide is a cannabinoid produced by the human body that has been proven to disallow breast cancer cells from multiplying and/or spreading – known as metastasis. When patients lose their battle with breast cancer, 90% of these cases were because the breast cancer metastasized. As you may imagine, scientists are eagerly researching CBCA for the role that it plays in this cycle as well.

CBCA – WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO? 

CBCA is one of 112 known cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. When decarboxylation methods are used to heat the compound, it breaks down to CBC, another cannabinoid.

CBC has received a lot of recent attention and is particularly being looked at for the contributions it may make to cancer research. CBC has been tested on mice that have tumors. The tumors shrunk within weeks.

Additionally, when CBC was administered to shrews and rats with breast cancer, it was discovered that those tumors slowed in growth and were prevented from spreading. Further research has proven that CBC helps the cannabinoid receptors in the body, part of the (endo) cannabinoid system, to produce more anandamide.

Anandamide is a cannabinoid produced by the human body that has been proven to disallow breast cancer cells from multiplying and/or spreading – known as metastasis. When patients lose their battle with breast cancer, 90% of these cases were because the breast cancer metastasized. As you may imagine, scientists are eagerly researching CBCA for the role that it plays in this cycle as well.