There is no denying that CBD is a big shot. Its grand entrance in the world was readied by the government when it passed the Farm Bill in 2018 legalising CBD and hemp. With the research on CBD, scientists were introduced to other precious compounds like cannabidiolic acid (CBDA). Research conducted on CBDA show amazing results and has opened to us a range of new possibilities. Unlike CBD, CBDA was recognised and appreciated much before. Unfortunately, a few of us are not aware about its benefits or existence. There are products like CBDA vapes, tinctures, etcsold in shops.
Before you deem it useful, let’s learn more about it.
What Is CBDA?
CBDA is a compound belonging to the cannabinoid spectrum which was recognised by the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics Journal (ASPET) in 2008. What ASPET discovered was that this non psychoactive compound showed anti-inflammatory properties like CBD.
After a decade of its discovery, we have found that CBDA is one of the main components responsible for the hemp plant’s therapeutic qualities. Sometimes, it is even better than CBD.
What Are The Differences Between CBDA And CBD?
As you might already know, CBD is a non-psychoactive, therapeutic cannabinoid extracted from the hemp plant. It makes up almost 40 percent of the plant and is known for its restorative properties.
What many do not know is that CBD and CBDA are related. CBDA is the antecedent form of CBD, which means that we get CBD when raw hemp containing CBDA is heated.
Is CBDA Better Than CBD?
The answer to this question is a little confusing. CBDA, structurally has more than 50 times more affinity to the serotonin receptors of our brain- making the compound more bioavailable than CBD. This allows the body to metabolise the compound faster with lesser energy. Moreover, CBDA is purer- without any solvent- and produces no harmful residue. The bioavailability of the compound is what makes it special.
What Happens When CBDA Enters The System?
Do you know what happens when cannabinoids like THC and CBD are ingested? These molecules interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors of our endocannabinoid system and trigger reactions which lead to their benefits. Our endocannabinoid system consists of- cannabinoid receptors that transmit information, endocannabinoids which are compounds that activate cannabinoid receptors and metabolic enzymes that break down the used endocannabinoids.
Unlike the cannabinoids, CBDA has a different route of action which is the reason why it is not psychoactive. Instead, it inhibits the COX-2 enzyme of our endocannabinoid system. This reduces inflammation in the body.