24 Oct What is CBDa?
CBDa is one of the many cannabinoids found in pure hemp oil. Here we discuss more about the science behind this little known cannabinoid.
What is it?
Cannabidiolic acid or CBDa is one of about a hundred cannabinoids present within the cannabis plant. First isolated in 1996, CBDa is a precursor of cannabidiol (CBD), currently one of the most sought after of the cannabinoids. Found most abundantly in the raw cannabis plant, the benefits of CBDa are only just beginning to be fully understood.
How is it made?
All cannabinoids start life as cannabigerolic acid (CBGa), the stem cell cannabinoid, which is then capable of becoming all of the cannabinoids present in cannabis through various processes. CBGa is synthesized by the living cannabis plant into other acidic cannabinoids, like THCa or CBDa, and from there, the rest of the cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant can be created. In order to get the popular THC or CBD cannabinoids, these acidic forms need to be decarboxylated, a process that heats the cannabinoids to change their molecular structure so that they give off their COOH group as carbon dioxide and water vapor.
Where is it found?
CBDa and its decarboxylated form, CBD are created in abundant quantities in hemp, a varietal of the cannabis plant. Hemp is naturally high in CBDa and CBD and contains only trace amounts of THC.
Often found in high quantities by those who juice or extract from raw cannabis, CBDa is best derived from a freshly harvested plant to preserve as much of the cannabinoid as possible, as light, heat, and even air will also cause CBDa to decarboxylate to CBD.
Our Green Label Real Scientific Hemp Oil™ (RSHO™) products are created using hemp oil that has not been decarboxylated, retaining its high levels of CBDa. This allows us to create a balanced ratio of CBD to CBDa in our Green Label oil, making it the best source of CBDa among our products.
What does it do?
CBDa is just one of a spectrum of cannabinoids present in the mature cannabis plant. CBDa, like all cannabinoids, naturally interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system. Tasked with promoting homeostasis within your body, the endocannabinoid system is responsible for such functions as appetite, sleep, and immune response and maintains a healthy balance, allowing the body to thrive.
Research into CBDa is not as robust as more prominent cannabinoids like CBD. However, early studies reveal that there may be possible health benefits. We invite you to do your own research into the effects of CBDa on the endocannabinoid system from a source you trust.