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What is CBDA and What are the Benefits?

What is CBDA?

With the rising popularity of CBD in the cannabis industry, it can get confusing to distinguish one cannabinoid from another – let alone its benefits. You may have heard about it, but aren’t sure exactly what it is or its relation to regular CBD. Well, you’re in luck because we’ll break down the details of CBDa and its potential benefits.

Origin of CBDa

CBDa is cannabidiolic acid – a non-psychoactive phytocannabinoid in cannabis – which is the compound that later becomes what we know as active CBD. Essentially, CBDa is the predecessor to CBD, or CBD in raw form, and comes from the chief phytocannabinoid, cannabigerol acid (CBGa), through an enzyme interaction in cannabis plants.

CBDa converts to CBD via the process of decarboxylation, involving pressure from heat – meaning sunlight naturally transforms the cannabinoid compound. Lab settings and grow lamps can produce the same effect. While research is still in its infancy, there have been promising results from various studies, regarding its possible health benefits and applications.

Potential medical benefits

Certainly, further research is necessary, but preliminary findings suggest that it may be beneficial for medical purposes and different health problems. CBDa parallels with CBD in its ability to produce calming effects that help with conditions such as anxiety. What’s interesting about this particular cannabinoid is that it doesn’t bind to the body’s CB1 and CB2 receptors, unlike others (which is why it doesn’t produce a “high”).       

CBDa appears to have anti-inflammatory properties, as it interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) by blocking the cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) enzyme. These enzymes play a role in the body’s inflammatory response, so CBDa’s effect in blocking inflammation is encouraging for those with chronic joint and muscle stiffness.

There have been similar results with regard to promising treatments for depression, nausea, and epilepsy, among other conditions. Though it’s still early in the research process, one study indicated that CBDa may be more effective in relieving nausea and vomiting than CBD. As scientists continue to study the effects, it’s likely there will be more breakthroughs in the future with applications we haven’t even thought of yet.

Types of CBDa

CBDa is available in different broad and full spectrum forms, including: raw juice, tinctures/oils, capsules, and topical products. Because it could interact with other substances, it’s best to consult a healthcare provider before using CBDa for its potential health benefits.

While it’s legal under federal law and in Maryland, you should check your state’s laws before buying CBDa products, as laws will vary by state. When you’re looking for quality CBDa items, opt for the broad and full spectrum varieties – they’re a more pure and effective form of the compound, producing better effects. Additionally, you’ll want products from manufacturers that undergo third-party lab testing (like all the products at Charm City Hemp), as this ensures quality, efficacy, and an accurate ingredient list.

We offer quality CBD products for all your needs – check out our selection online. Have questions? Contact us, we’re always happy to help!   

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