CBDA is CBD before heat is applied. In other and longer words, CBDA (Cannabidiolic acid) is the acidic precursor of CBD in the cannabis and hemp plants – and this makes it the form of CBD that exists predominantly in the natural world.. What it means is that the plants actually produce CBDA, and when heat is applied it can be turned into CBD (a process called decarboxylation).
As cannabis legalization spreads, more data is being gathered about the benefits of various cannabinoids thanks to increased research that was previously impossible to conduct. CBD has been linked to a variety of physical and mental conditions, including epilepsy, sleep disorders, Tourette’s syndrome, inflammation, and more. But what about CBDA? What are the benefits of the naturally occurring form of CBD?
The neurological potential of CBDA includes some of the most cutting-edge benefits researched in the cannabis-related medical field today. One of the first recognized uses for CBD is as an anti-seizure medication. In fact, the only FDA approved cannabis-based drug is an epilepsy drug called Epidiolex which is actually a CBD isolate , and many patients who suffer from epilepsy all over the world report that the drug allows them to live a near seizure free life. Additionally, CBDA has been linked to 5-HT1A serotonin receptors, one of the primary sources for happiness in the brain. While the data is sparse, there is evidence that it may help to serve as a mood elevator. All of this, while being non-intoxicating, may mean that CBDA can help multiple neurological conditions without impairing any day to day functions through inebriation.
While the neurological benefits may provide some of the biggest impacts, the physical effects may actually help a larger group of people, as the issues they address tend to be more common. Early studies in rats have found that CBDA is effective in fighting against nausea, and may provide a natural alternative to many over the counter products that dominate the market today. Additionally, evidence suggests that CBDA may be used as an anti-inflammatory, also shaking up the over the counter pain relieving industry. And possibly one of CBDA’s most significant benefits has to do with its antibacterial properties. The subject was researched in Czechoslovakia as early as the 1960s, and patients were treated with CBDA with reportedly great success. By the way, one of the junior researchers at that time was Prof. Lumir Hanus, who later, in Israel in the 1990s, was a key part in the discovery of the endocannabinoid system, as part of a small team led by Prof. Raphael Meschoulam.
note: Many patients that suffer from IBD, Crohn’s disease, and Colitis find that consuming fresh cannabis buds, alongside sublingual oil, shows excellent results, and one could assume that CBDA and THCA play an important part.
CBDA and Cancer
Cannabis has long been seen as a possible treatment for cancer. The primary benefits offered had to do with helping to ease the side effects of chemotherapy, including nausea and loss of appetite. However, CBDA has now been linked to the prevention of cancer migration and may even help to shrink the size of tumors. If this research holds up, it may be a true game changer and may open up the world of cannabis based medical treatments even further.
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