Most people have heard of CBD. After all, we can find it in most major retailers, and even our favorite celebrities are boasting about the benefits of CBD products. But what about its precursor CBDA? CBDA recently became available in a stable form, bringing more products to the market for consumers to enjoy. It is a minor cannabinoid that can make a major impact when added into your cannabinoid routine. In fact, it is even better than the well-known CBD! Let’s take a deeper dive into what CBDA is and how it can benefit those who consume.
What is CBDA?
First, what exactly is CBDA? CBDA is the precursor to CBD. When CBDA is decarboxylated, a process where cannabinoids are exposed to heat, it converts to CBD. Traditional extraction methods that utilize ethanol or butane, also use heat in the extraction process causing a majority of CBDA to convert to CBD. Due to vast number of benefits CBDA has and its superiority to CBD, global solution providers are finding ways to extract cannabinoids without the use of heat, thus allowing for the extraction of CBDA at a mass scale.
CBDA is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, meaning it will not deliver any euphoria or a “high” feeling to those who consume. Consumers have reported feeling clearer headed and reduced stress and anxiety after consuming products with CBDA. Additionally, CBDA can be used to counteract an uncomfortable “high” from ingesting too much Delta 9 THC.
What are the benefits of CBDA?
CBDA has been less researched compared to other cannabinoids. However, current and emerging research shows it has the potential to help with an array of ailments and is a great cannabinoid to help maintain overall health and wellness. Here are some of the many benefits of CBDA:
- Reduces pain and hyperalgesia
- Reduces nausea and vomiting
Additionally, CBDA was recently propelled into the media spotlight, along with CBGA, after a 2022 Oregon State University study found it could potentially help with the fight against Covid-19. When researchers introduced CBGA and CBDA to cells infected with the SARS-Cov-2 virus invitro, the cannabinoids prevented the virus that causes Covid-19 from entering the cells by binding to the spike protein. This same type of action has helped patients with HIV and hepatitis as well.
What makes CBDA better than CBD?
Research has demonstrated CBDA has many advantages to CBD, and we can even use less CBDA than CBD for the same therapeutic effects! Here are some of the most notable advantages of CBDA:
A study published in the 24th Annual Symposium of the International Cannabinoid Research Society found CBDA is 19x more bioavailable than CBD! This means when we ingest an equivalent dose of CBDA and CBD, our bodies can absorb more CBDA. This makes CBDA more powerful in numerous instances, and also allows for lower doses of CBDA. In fact, a patent filed by GW Pharma for the therapeutic use of CBDA to help patients with various seizure disorders, found CBDA was more effective at treating seizures than CBD. They accredited these findings to CBDA’s superior bioavailability.
Greater Affinity to Receptors
CBDA has a greater affinity to the body’s 5-HT1A or serotonin receptor than CBD. The serotonin receptor is most known for its role in controlling mood. However, it is responsible for modulating dozens of critical processes in the body including, pain signals, nausea and vomiting, as well as the cardiovascular system. Through research, CBDA has demonstrated a 100-fold greater affinity to the receptor when compared to CBD, allowing for lower doses of CBDA in a variety of instances. The research also suggests that CBDA is a stronger therapeutic for many uses, such as combating anxiety and depression as well as reducing chemotherapy induced nausea.
CBD has shined in the spotlight for many years. It helps hundreds of thousands of people with various ailments and helps to maintain their health and wellness. It is time though for the spotlight to shift to CBDA. CBDA has many benefits consumers can value from and in many ways is better than CBD. If you are looking to gain even more benefits from your cannabinoid routine, adding a product with CBDA is a great place to start.
Always consult your primary care physician prior to adding any health and wellness products into your routine.