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What is CBDa?

Cannabidiolic acid, or CBDa for short, is a natural compound that the cannabis plant produces. It’s primarily found in plant material (hemp biomass or flower), or in extracts that are processed without the application of heat (crude CBD oil).

What’s the difference between CBD and CBDa?

The main difference between CBDa and CBD is that CBDa is a precursor chemical to Cannabidiol (CBD), similar but not acidic. What that means is that it’s a natural compound found in the raw plant. As with many other cannabinoids, CBDa undergoes a transformation when cannabis is processed. When the plant, or concentrated extract of the plant, is heated, cured, or dried, acidic compounds break down into new chemicals. This is the process that produces large amounts of CBD from CBDa.

What is CBDa used for?

CBDa is used to treat inflammation, nausea, and anxiety. Some findings suggest that CBDa is more than a thousand times more effective than CBD in activating a serotonin receptor that reduces nausea and anxiety. This effect is even more pronounced in chemotherapy patients using ondansetron (OND) to treat nausea. There are also ongoing studies about the effects of CBDa and CBGa and how they don’t allow the SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) spike proteins to replicate, which may prevent the virus from spreading as rapidly (Check out the Oregon State CBDa and CBGa study for more information).

What is Decarboxylation?

Decarboxylation sounds like a complex process, so let’s break it down. As we mentioned, a major difference between CBDa vs. CBD is that CBDa is an acid. This is because there’s a chemical chain called “carboxyl” attached to the molecule. When the cannabis is left to cure the carboxyl chain will slowly break down. When this happens CBDa, and other acidic cannabinoids, lose their acidity and become more active. Decarboxylation can be accelerated by other processes, like heating in particular.

Will CBDa get me high?

CBDa should not make you high. Unlike THC, the cannabinoid that produces a “high”, CBDa is non-psychotropic. It is true that there are trace amounts of THC in full-spectrum CBD products, but even these products are unlikely to make you feel high.

Which should I take, CBD or CBDa?

CBDa may be more effective than CBD in activating a serotonin receptor that reduces nausea and anxiety, so if you’re wanting possible aid in treating those symptoms CBDa may be for you. CBDa may also be beneficial for slowing the spread of SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) according to the Oregon State CBDa and CBGa study. For pain and/or inflammation or sleep issues, you are more likely to benefit from CBD, in our opinion.


**Standard Disclaimer: CBD is not FDA-approved. We make no such claims that using our products will guarantee relief. Moreover, research regarding CBD is still ongoing and in the early stages.**