Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) is a cannabinoid to that researchers have seem to take an interest to, since it’s one of over 100 individual cannabinoids in the hemp plant that can deliver extremely unique effects to the user. CBDA like all cannabinoids, offers regulatory effects when bound to cannabinoid receptors, and these receptors are located in all systems of the body.
Getting to Know 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. CBDA then is, basically raw CBD.
That’s just the beginning. Its molecular structure, specifically 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.
Although CBDA was first discovered back in 1965, you’re likely only hearing about it now because of 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.
CBDA doesn’t actually attach to CB1 and CB2 receptors in the way that decarboxylated cannabinoids do. Instead, cannabidiolic acid inhibits the Cox-2 enzyme that is expressed in the body’s inflammatory process. This enzyme is responsible for triggering the release of prostaglandins into the body’s tissue. Also 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.
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.
CBDA 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. 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 isn’t an intoxicating compound, which means that you can take it during the day and generally feel confident that it should not 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.
Is CBDA on 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.
Reminder: For a product to contain CBDA, it must be fully raw, while the majority of hemp formulas on the market have been decarboxylated.