What is CBDA?
We have spent much of the last decade exploring the many valuable properties of the hemp plant, but it would be a mistake to assume that other cannabinoids in hemp are not potentially just as useful to our bodies. Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) is the newest cannabinoid to be given special interest by researchers, and it’s one of over 100 individual cannabinoids in the hemp plant that can deliver extremely helpful effects to the user.
Cannabinoids are compounds found in the hemp plant that attach themselves to cannabinoid receptors that belong to the endocannabinoid system, a bodily system in every mammal that maintains homeostasis through the regulation of individual bodily processes. CBDA like all cannabinoids, offers regulatory effects when bound to cannabinoid receptors, and these receptors are located in all systems of the body.
As time goes on, we learn more about the distinctive nature of cannabidiolic acid and the specific properties that it can offer when consumed.
An Insight Look into CBDA
Cannabidiolic acid, is the precursor is cannabigerolic acid (CBGA), which converts into cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), cannabichromenic acid (CBCA), and tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) when exposed to a particular enzyme in the plant’s structure. CBDA then acts as the precursor to cannabidiol (CBD), but only when decarboxylated (exposed to controlled heat). The hemp plant’s raw buds contain a rich abundance of raw, acidic cannabinoids, but once those buds are heated in some way, such as smoked in a pipe, this cannabinoid in particular becomes the CBD that we are all familiar with. So, CBDA is, quite simply, raw CBD.
But, CBDA is also so much more than that. Its molecular structure pre-decarboxylation offers properties that are unique from cannabidiol. Cannabidiolic acid occurs in only very minor amounts naturally in hemp, but as CBDA is becoming more well-known, more and more breeders are working to develop high-CBDA strains that provide more ample amounts of this newly desired compound.
Cannabidiolic acid is a naturally occurring compound in the hemp plant, and it was discovered all the way back in 1965. The reason why you’re likely only hearing about it now is due to changes in legislation regarding the hemp plant. When it was first discovered, hemp was on the brink of being completely criminalized throughout the United States, and so research on the compound stayed in the lab. Now that hemp has been legal as of 2018, the discoveries being made about individual components of the plant are becoming public knowledge as we can legally access them and experience them for ourselves.
Also, cannabidiolic acid and other acidic compounds as non-psychoactive, as psychoactive properties only develop after decarboxylation. Even more interestingly, CBDA does not actually attach to CB1 and CB2 receptors in the way that decarboxylated cannabinoids do.
Instead, cannabidiolic acid inhibits the Cox-2 enzyme, an enzyme in the body that is expressed in the body’s inflammatory process, which is responsible for triggering the release of prostaglandins into the body’s tissue. This gives us a key into the potential anti-inflammatory activity of CBDA.
What are the Properties of CBDA?
Like we mentioned, cannabidiolic acid may offer distinctive anti-inflammatory properties by suppressing a specific enzyme that signals the body’s inflammatory response. This has actually been established in medical research over the years, and even shows us that the cannabinoid may be particularly valuable to those dealing with all kinds of forms of inflammation.
Meanwhile, CBDA also binds to serotonin receptors, balancing the secretion of serotonin in a way that indicates a potential balancing effect on mood.
Additional research has been conducted to show that CBDA may have a role in regulating the mechanisms involved in seizure activity. How? By offering unique anticonvulsant activity that balances the neurological and nervous systems. In fact, this particular study suggests that CBDA may be even more capable of preventing seizures than CBD. M
More findings shows that CBDA may be useful to those dealing with nausea, low appetite, and vomiting.
How to Take CBDA
Cannabidiolic acid is a legal cannabinoid, as it complies with the 2018 Farm Bill. Under federal law, all hemp derivatives can be sold legally as long as they are tested to show that they contain no more than 0.3% delta 9 THC. This is one of many reasons why you should only buy hemp products that are lab-tested by a third party, which also seeks to confirm the purity levels and potency of a product as well as its overall quality.
Cannabidiolic acid naturally occurs in hemp, but only hemp products that have not been decarboxylated. It’s available in flower, which is kept raw, but only in very trace amounts. CBDA does work synergistically with other cannabinoids, which means that raw hemp buds and non-decarboxylated full spectrum hemp extracts offer higher bioavailability of the cannabinoid.
Better yet, however, are the emerging CBDA products on the market that contain a raw, concentrated CBDA extract which comes from isolating the compound. CBDA products come in the same delivery methods as CBD products, including tinctures, gummies, capsules and other formulas that are easy to take daily.
Cannabidiolic acid is not an intoxicating compound, which means that you can take it during the day and generally feel confident that it won’t interfere with your daily activities. Like all cannabinoids, CBDA seems to be the most effective when it’s taken daily due to the cumulative effects of cannabinoids.
CBDA: The New Frontier of Hemp Research?
The promising research that has been done on cannabidiolic acid thus far gives us good reason to believe that it can be a gamechanger on the hemp market, and more and more studies are being done to understand its properties more deeply so that they can be used to formulate new CBDA products. For the time-being, you can get your hands on CBDA-specific products, as well as raw full spectrum and raw plant products that contain the naturally occurring amount of CBDA that exists in the plant material.
Just remember, in order for a product to contain CBDA, it must be fully raw, while the majority of hemp formulas on the market have been decarboxylated.