Even if you have not heard about CBDa, you would have definitely come across CBD at least once. CBD has become a trendsetter in treating pain, inflammation, anxiety, sleeplessness, and other conditions that affect a good percentage of the population.
There is a strong and easily understandable relationship between CBDa and CBD. CBDa is the acidic precursor of CBD. In less scientific terms, CBD is obtained when CBDa in hemp (or other cannabis plants) is heated.
With the discovery of CBD, CBDa was never under the spotlight despite being beneficial. However, the new trend of juicing raw hemp without heating gives a mixture of CBD and CBDa because of which many are curious about what the compound has to offer.
What Is CBDa?
As said CBDa is the precursor of CBD which contains a carboxyl group more than CBD. CBD is obtained from cannabis plants only after it is heated. You can see this happening instantly when the hemp is heated or smoked. Or you could let it slowly degrade during which CBDa becomes CBD.
Those who want to take CBDa, can find it in unconventional sources like CBD tinctures, lotions, etc. So, what is the difference between CBD and CBDa?The absence of a carboxyl group is what makes CBD different from CBDa.
Why are people interested in CBDa?
It was not until recently that scientists discovered the benefits of CBDa and since then, the similarities between the two compounds have been noticed. Both CBDa and CBD react with the same receptors of the endocannabinoid system and thereby, trigger almost the same reactions. However, in some cases, CBDa was noticed to show better results than CBD.
It all started in 2008 when the structure of CBDa was noticed to be very similar to that of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). This finding prompted them to do research on the anti-inflammatory effects of CBDa and researchers found out that it behaved the same wayas NSAIDs.
In fact, CBDa was found to be a thousand times more effective than CBD as anti-anxiety and anti-nausea medicine. However, the risk regarding CBDa is that it was considered unstable as it undergoes decarboxylation even when kept at room temperature for a few days. There are other studies being conducted on pre-clinical level on CBDa, all of which have given positive results. Since no proper tests have been done on humans, CBDa is not as preferred as CBD for human use.