C60 vs. CBD: What’s the Difference?

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About The C60 Show Team

The C60 Show is co-hosted by Ken Swartz, research scientist and founder of C60 Purple Power, and Sierra Samuel, Health Coach and Marketing Director at C60 Purple Power.


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Episode Summary

You can find CBD nearly everywhere these days, and the popularity of C60 is quickly catching up. If you’ve familiarized yourself with some of the benefits of both CBD and C60, you may be wondering, “What’s the difference?” It’s true that they share some similarities in their respective uses, but the way they address health at the molecular level is very different. Here we take a peak into some of the similarities and differences between CBD and C60. For a more in-depth analysis, watch The C60 Show on YouTube or listen on Apple Podcasts.

What Is It?

Anxiety & Chronic Pain

CBD is short for cannabidiol. It is a naturally occurring chemical that comes from the cannabis plant. CBD works primarily by interacting with the cannabinoid receptors in the cells, and especially in the brain. People often use it to address issues with anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain.

C60 is short for Carbon 60. It is naturally found in the atmospheres of giant red stars. C60 is an antioxidant several hundred times more powerful than conventional antioxidants like Vitamin C, E, etc. It improves the efficiency of cellular metabolism by reducing oxidative stress. While CBD does have some antioxidant properties, it does not have nearly the same level of antioxidant capability as C60. C60 directly and powerfully addresses oxidative stress, which in turn supports a healthy inflammatory response so that cells can function more efficiently.

Health Benefits

It’s reported that more than 60% of CBD users take it primarily for anxiety, quickly followed by chronic pain, insomnia and depression. Certain CBD products, or people who are more sensitive to its properties, may find that taking CBD leaves them feeling drowsy. Some people also take CBD for issues related to autoimmune disorders because it suppresses certain factors within the immune system.

The most popular reasons for taking C60, according to its users, include the need to address pain and inflammation, mental clarity, manage energy levels, and promote immune health. Research shows that C60 supports brain function, hormone balance, immune and inflammatory function and healthy aging, among other benefits.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Unlike CBD, C60 tends to give its users a little boost in energy, and is therefore best taken in the morning. C60 can also support mental health. For a deeper look into how that works, listen here.


It depends on the product, but CBD naturally has a strong flavor. Some companies embrace that and others try their best to mask it. C60 is flavorless, but the carrier oil it comes in may have its own natural flavor.


However, you decide to use C60 or CBD, be sure to invest in a quality product! Though it may seem pricey up front (good quality, full spectrum CBD goes for about $75 for a 1oz bottle; 1 oz of sublimated, 99.99% pure C60 in organic oil is $34), ensuring you purchase from a reputable brand means you’re getting the purported health benefits, not wasting your money or possibly endangering your health with inferior or fraudulent substances. “Good quality C60 is actually half the price of CBD, and some would say [delivers] twice as many results,” notes Sierra Samuel, health coach and co-host of The C60 Show.

How it Makes You Feel

CBD typically causes drowsiness, and there is some debate as to whether it contains psychoactive properties. It may slow brain function, which might be part of the reason it is often used for anxiety.

In contrast, C60 oil gives an energy boost without the anxious feeling that sometimes comes with caffeine. It supports mental clarity and focus. People also find that C60 supports mental health, but in a different way than CBD. C60 addresses chronic inflammation, which is often at the root of dopamine suppression. When the oxidative burden is lifted, inflammation subsides and the body can produce dopamine, serotonin and other hormones and neurotransmitters at optimal levels.

Taking both CBD and C60 could be beneficial for those struggling with anxiety and/or depression, as CBD may provide acute relief from symptoms while C60 works to address part of the underlying cause.

Side Effects

Side effects of CBD include dry mouth, changes in appetite, drowsiness or fatigue, brain fog, dizziness and possible drug interactions with seizure medications and blood thinners.

C60 has a stimulatory effect and tends to activate the brain, so if you take it too late at night, you may have trouble sleeping. In addition, the first few days of taking C60 may cause detox symptoms. This then gives way to a renewed sense of energy. In clinical trials neither CBD nor C60 were found to cause toxicity no matter the dosage.

Immune Function

Immune Function

C60 and CBD support the immune system in different ways, and by different processes. While some people might see an improvement in autoimmune response when taking CBD, it’s important to know that this is most often the result of a suppression of the immune response. CBD prevents T-cells from dividing and migrating to inflammatory sites, and also prevents the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, which is why it’s often used in the treatment of arthritis and MS. So, while CBD can be beneficial for certain conditions, it’s important to note that it may also suppress immune response in situations where that is not the desired effect.

C60’s antioxidant effect takes the oxidative burden off the body, enabling systems to self-regulate. This means cytokine production is moderated but not suppressed. By nurturing cellular health, C60 supports the production of immune cells and T-lymphocytes in a balanced manner that promotes immune health without aggravating autoimmune conditions.

Is it Legal?

Hemp-derived CBD products (with less than 0.3 percent THC) are legal on the federal level but are still illegal under some state laws. Conversely, marijuana-derived CBD products are illegal on the federal level but are legal under some state laws.

C60, simply an allotrope of carbon, is legal on state, federal and global levels.

Will it Show Up on a Drug Screening?

Most work-place drug screens test for the presence of THC and do not detect the presence of CBD or other legal, natural hemp-based constituents. However, studies show that even CBD products containing less than 0.3% THC (Federal Legal Limit) can cause confirmed positive results when screening urine and blood specimens. C60, on the other hand, is not illegal and is therefore not screened during drug tests.

Quality Matters

The quality of CBD and C60 depends upon the concentration used and the process by which purification is achieved. Solvent methods of extraction, sometimes used for both CBD and C60, contain toxic chemicals that can never be fully removed from the final product. In addition, hemp can absorb the toxins and impurities in the air and soil in which it is grown. Hemp, especially hemp grown outside of the U.S., may contain heavy metals and other chemical contaminants.

C60 Purple Power is only created using the sublimation process, similar to evaporation, which never utilizes any toxic chemicals. Always check to make sure C60 and CBD products are third-party tested for purity, quality, and bioavailability.

Antioxidant Function

Both C60 and CBD are lauded for their antioxidant capabilities. However, like most popular antioxidants, such as vitamin E and glutathione, CBD molecules bind to one free radical electron (a.k.a. reactive oxidative species, or ROS) and then must be flushed from the body in order to eliminate it. C60’s cage-like structure of 60 carbon atoms enables it to trap ROS, neutralize them so the body can process dangerous free radicals without damage, and then C60 resets itself to capture ROS again and again. This makes C60 hundreds of times more effective than any other antioxidant.8, 9 Explains Sierra, “Now one thing we know about C60, it’s actually the most powerful antioxidant that’s ever been discovered, for two reasons. One, it’s got that unique shape, it’s able to reset itself again and again, so you only need a small amount of C60 to overcome any of that oxidative stress you might be experiencing.” While it’s clear that CBD has certain benefits, C60’s molecular structure makes it much more effective at addressing oxidative stress, which is the foundation of the vast majority of inflammatory conditions such as chronic pain and autoimmune disorders.

CBD’s process of binding with cannabinoid receptors in the brain is partly where its benefits are derived, but this also means it reacts with nitrogen oxides and other low-energy oxidative radicals that the body uses for beneficial signaling processes. C60, simply a carbon structure, only attaches to high-energy oxidative radicals, the type that do damage to cells, and does not interfere with signaling molecules, medications or supplements.

CBD, C60, or Both?

While there is some overlap in the benefits of both CBD and C60, it’s vital to understand the strengths and limitations of each. Neither is a replacement for good habits like healthy eating and exercise, but they can both be beneficial when used appropriately, and may even be complementary in their functions. Certain conditions may benefit from CBD when used acutely, while the long-term use of C60 works to address the underlying issue. Understanding the similarities and differences of C60 and CBD ensures you can choose the right product for your unique situation, and better understand how each one functions within the body. Just keep in mind that C60 promotes optimal energy levels, while CBD tends to make you drowsy, so you may want to take them at different times of day!

To learn more about the benefits of C60 Purple Power, 99.99% sublimated C60 dissolved in organic, naturally anti-inflammatory oils, watch The C60 Show on YouTube or listen on Apple Podcasts.

Disclaimer: These statements and products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information on this show, and C60 Purple Power products, are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Please consult a healthcare professional before starting any new diet or exercise regimen. Individual results may vary.


1 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22498298/
2 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17079053/
3 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20036139/
4 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19755733/
5 https://www.jimmunol.org/content/179/1/665.short
6 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11331193/
7 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0197458006003423
8 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24409811/

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