What is CBDa?
CBD, CBG, THC, CBDa ….what? These and many more are cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. What CBD is and what effect is attributed to cannabidiol, we have already told you several times. But what is this CBDa that everyone is suddenly talking about? To this question you will now get all the necessary answers from us.
CBDa – The underestimated cannabinoid
CBDa stands for Cannabidiolic acid. As you can already guess from the name, CBDa is closely related to the well-known CBD. Simply put, cannabidiolic acid is the acidic precursor of CBD. Cannabinoids are the main ingredients of the hemp plant and occur without further process only as acidic precursors. Without these, there would be no CBD at all. How this conversion process looks like, we show you here:
In the valuable flower of the cannabis plant is not CBD, but CBDa. To obtain the highest possible amount of cannabidiol and cannabidiolic acid, one must extract the flowers. In doing so, one obtains hemp whole extract. When the whole extract is heated, for example by boiling or vaporizing, a process known as decarboxylation occurs. In this process, CBDa is converted into CBD. Unlike THC and THCa, CBD and CBDa are non-psychoactive. So you can’t get high from it. If you want to get a large amount of cannabidiolic acid, the decaboxylation process may not be 100% complete.
How does CBDa works?
While most cannabinoids bind directly to the CB1 or CB2 receptors, cannabidiolic acid works differently. It interacts with the endocannabinoid system by inhibiting the enzyme cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2). COX-2 enzymes are associated with inflammation following injury or infection. Cannabidiolic acid is thus thought to have anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. In one study, scientists found that CBDa positively affects serotonin levels. Excess serotonin caused by stress factors can lead to nausea and vomiting. Scientists have shown that cannabidolic acid can be used to reduce excess serotonin levels and may therefore be a valuable aid for nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy.
What does research say about cannabidiolic acid?
Cannabidolic acid has not received much attention so far. Therefore, research is still in its infancy. In early 2022, CBDa received a lot of attention when Canadian scientists from Oregon State University and Oregon Health & Science University published a study on CBDa and CBGa. The two cannabinoids were shown to prevent corona viruses from docking with human cells. In doing so, the study also showed that cannabidiolic acid and cannabigerol bind to the spike protein. The variants studied were Omicron, Alpha B.1.1.7. and Beta 1.351.
In which products can you find cannabidiolic acid?
We do not have a pure CBDa product yet. However, you will find cannabidiolic acid in our CBD products that are Full Spectrum, such as our Organic CBD or Gold oils. Due to the full spectrum formulation, all valuable ingredients of the hemp plant are included. Hence the name Full Spectrum. You can also find the full spectrum of the hemp plant in our CBDeus range.