What is CBDA and what does it have to do with CBD?
CBDA is a common ingredient of raw, unprocessed hemp. It is a compound that has an interesting set of properties, but it is rarely discussed within the community. One of the reasons for this is because CBDA changes its form during a process known as decarboxylation.
Although often neglected, the substance might provide some amazing benefits. You can find CBDA products in the Happy Hemp Pharm store. These compounds can be used together with other hemp products without causing any negative interaction.
In this article, we will talk more about CBDA and what makes it so specific. Enjoy!
What is CBDA?
CBDA stands for cannabidiolic acid. In other words, it is an acidic form of CBD. You can find this compound in large quantities in both marijuana and hemp, but there is much more of it in hemp.
Through natural processes, such as aging, CBDA will slowly turn into CBD. You can also convert the substance by exposing it to a lot of heat.
But, to understand CBDA properly, let’s go a bit back.
Cannabis strains (whether we're talking about marijuana, hemp, or their hybrids) are full of cannabinoids. While we often focus on CBD, most of these compounds can provide some sort of an improvement to your body. In fact, experts claim that you should use all of them simultaneously, thus achieving an "entourage effect."
You probably don’t know this, but some of the most important cannabinoids stem back to CBGA or cannabigerolic acid. This substance will convert to one of three types of acids based on the work of enzymes activated during the process of synthesis. It might turn into THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid), CBDA (cannabidiolic acid), or CBCA (cannabichromenic acid).
Later on, CBDA will change its state due to decarboxylation. This is a process where hemp will be exposed to sunlight or heat that would eventually lead to the transformation of the acid.
Most manufacturers will simply leave their hemp outside, in the sun, to perform this process. During decarboxylation, a carbon atom will be released from a carbon chain. Although some people view CBDA as nothing more than CBD’s predecessor, we need to consider its amazing wellness properties.
Nowadays, you can find a lot of hemp products that rely on CBDA as their main ingredient. This compound might be the only substance in a bottle (CBDA isolate), or it can go together with other cannabinoids and terpenes. You can buy items such as CBDA capsules, topicals, gummies, vapes, and so on.
Why should you use CBDA?
As you probably know, there is somewhat limited data regarding cannabinoids and their internal mechanisms. A lot of our knowledge is based on presumptions, theories, and empiric evidence. It is even worse with CBDA as this substance is not in the limelight like CBD or THC. However, based on what we know so far, it can provide a major boost to your organism.
Experts believe that cannabinoids work by stimulating cannabinoid receptors that are a part of the endocannabinoid system. This system is responsible for numerous internal functions such as sleep, mood, stress, regeneration, etc. CBDA might work a bit differently from other cannabinoids, though.
Although this substance also interacts with the endocannabinoid system, it does so in a bit different way. Limited study data suggests that CBDA might work by inhibiting the cyclooxygenase-2 enzyme.
These enzymes are connected to inflammations. So, if a substance is able to block it, this would prevent the appearance of inflammation and all of its related symptoms.
But, the substance may have another potential effect. With it, you might be able to affect serotonin levels. As you well know, serotonin is connected to numerous internal processes. It is able to affect (directly or indirectly) functions like sleep, appetite, digestions, mood, etc.
In theory, regulation of serotonin levels can provide numerous benefits. That is, it might regulate your internal processes restoring them to previous functionality.
How can you benefit from CBDA?
At this moment, we simply don’t have enough data to make any definitive conclusions. While experts theorize that the compound might be used for inflammations, it shouldn’t be considered on the same level as anti-inflammatory drugs. In fact, like all medical hemp products, people should mainly use CBDA as a wellness product.
Here are some of the things that CBDA might help with:
· Reduction of stress
· Better, uninterrupted sleep
· Increase of energy
· Improved alertness and focus
· Better regenerative and protective functions
· It might provide some skin benefits when applied topically
· Overall harmonization of internal functions
CBDA products will provide different benefits depending on user and product. It is really hard to predict how a substance will affect you, but it will likely provide a positive impact on your body no matter what.
How to dose CBDA?
Finding the right dosage is often tricky with medical hemp products. The general idea is to start with a smaller quantity and ramp it up progressively.
There are several factors that affect optimal dose: body weight, age, sex, tolerance, product characteristics, an issue that you're trying to address. Most people will determine the initial dosage based on their weight. Lighter people should go with 10 to 15mg, and heavier can go with 25mg and more.
Depending on why you're using it, you probably won't notice any change in the first day or two. In fact, it might take a week or two to notice any improvement, especially if you went with a smaller dose. It is very important to be patient with CBDA.
Always remember that even if you take an increased dose, you shouldn’t experience any side effects. While we don't have as much data on CBDA as we have on CBD, cannabinoids are generally regarded as safe substances (except for THC). So, while you should be careful, there is probably no risk involved when using the product.
It is very important to buy CBDA substances from a reputable hemp store. Make sure to check if the shop performs third-party lab tests and if these items are made according to the current regulatory policies.