The frequent confirmation of the health benefits of cannabidiol (CBD), has encouraged research scientists to look more closely at terpenes. One of the most promising, cannabichromene (CBC), shows strong antibacterial effects, anti-inflammatory properties, and pain relief. It may even decrease the severity of symptoms of the common flu. Recent research shows that a CBC tincture behaves in a way similar to some prescription anti-viral drugs.
Doctors prescribe antiviral drugs like Tamiflu (generic: oseltamivir phosphate) to attack the flu virus, reduce symptoms, and sometimes even prevent infection. When it entered the market, Tamiflu seemed like a wonder drug. Patients are willing to risk common side effects including nausea, diarrhea, headaches, and nosebleeds. But what if you can get the benefits of Tamiflu without the cost and potential side effects?
A recent article published in the British Journal of Pharmacology found that CBC activates the CB2 receptors to increase hyperpolarization of haemagglutinin (HA) cells. In English, this means that parts of CBC decrease the potential of some influenza viruses to multiply.
These results come from studies on mice. Additional research is needed, but at the very least, CBC offers hope to those looking for natural alternatives to the chemicals produced by the pharmaceutical industry.