The popularity of cannabis has increased, thanks to its numerous therapeutic benefits it is
associated with CBD. However, cannabis has more than 100 compounds and CBDa is one of the
cannabinoids that has become popular due to its health benefits. Although CBD is commonly
known, most people do not know what CBDa is. CBDa is the acid precursor of CBD that
stands for cannabidiolic acid. It is commonly found in the resin of raw cannabis plant. CBDa
breaks down into CBD from its acidic form through a process known as decarboxylation. Through
the process of baking, lighting, or heating, CBDa is transformed into CBD.
What is CBDa?
CBDa (Cannabidiolic acid) is a type of compound found in hemp called a cannabinoid. CBD
(cannabidiol) is also a type of cannabinoid, but in fresh hemp, little CBD exists. Instead,
there would be abundant amounts of CBDa. That’s because CBDa is the acid precursor of CBD and
only comes into being when raw hemp containing CBDa is heated, causing what’s known as
In the past, we thought CBDa needed to be heated, becoming activated CBD. Coincidently,
during the ethanol extraction process a distillation step which requires heat decarboxylating
CBDa. The majority of scientific research focused on CBD compared to CBDa.
Now, CBDA is becoming a cannabinoid of interest as the Proxarus water-based extraction allow
for stable crystalline CBDa creation.
Benefits of using CBDa
Laboratory research in cell cultures has shown that CBDa has anti-inflammatory properties and
helps to reduce inflammation. Additionally, a study that was published in the British Journal
of Pharmacology in 2012 found out that treatment with CBDa helps to reduce nausea. Furthermore,
when comparing the effectiveness of CBDa vs CBD, it was found that CBDa was effective in
quieting an upset stomach. In research conducted in 2012, CBDa effectively stopped the
migration of breast cancer cells which were cultured outside the human body. This showed
positive effects against breast cancer.
CBDa and the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
CBD interacts with many functions in the body which CBDa does not. On the contrary, CBDa
affects enzymes and receptors like the inflammatory mediators which are mainly concerned with
pain regulation. One of CBDa benefits is that it works together with CBD in a winning
combination. Research has shown that a combination of CBD and CBDa is more effective in
treating epilepsy and anxiety. The research also shows that the combination requires small
doses and improves the time it takes for the effects to be felt.
We recommend the use of our tinctures which have a high concentrations of CBDa with low levels
of THCa. This combination may be the future of cannabinoid therapy due to its wide range of
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