What is CBDA? Benefits, Uses, and Comparison To CBD

Over the course of the last decade, the cannabidiol (CBD) craze has charmed the health and wellness industry. With its potential therapeutic benefits and wide range of uses, it goes without saying that CBD has emerged as an exciting advancement in our fight for our wellness. 

And as researchers sought out to learn more about CBD and the various other cannabinoids found within the rather versatile cannabis plant, new compounds have emerged -- compounds with their own unique properties and potential uses. 

One of those compounds is Cannabididiolic acid, otherwise known as CBDA.

New to the subject? Read on to discover more. 

First Things First, What Exactly Is CBDA?

Did you know that hemp and cannabis plants contain over an unbelievable 100 cannabinoids? While CBD and THC are the most well-known, there are many others that provide their own incredible benefits on the body -- like CBDA. 

Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) is a natural compound that is produced by the cannabis plant. It’s a relatively recent discovery and wasn’t even isolated until 1996 (only 25 years ago). It’s found primarily in raw, unprocessed cannabis plants.

OK, How Is CBDA Different From CBD?

The main difference between CBD and CBDA is that CBDA is a precursor chemical to Cannabidiol (CBD) -- which is similar but not acidic. Basically, what this means is that it’s a natural compound found in the raw cannabis plant. As with many other cannabinoids found in the plant, CBDA undergoes a transformation when cannabis is processed. 

You see, when the plant is heated, dried, or cured, acidic compounds break down into new chemicals. This is the process that produces CBD from CBDA. 

In raw, unfiltered cannabis -- by contrast -- you will find CBDA in large quantities. You can also find it in most raw, unprocessed cannabis products, like raw hemp oil, which is very rich in CBDA. This is also true for CBD oils that haven’t been processed. 

How CBDA Enters Your System

Our brains have designated receptors (CB1 and CB2) designed to bind directly to the psychoactive cannabinoids that are present in cannabis (think: CBD, THC, etc.). These intelligent receptors are able to assimilate cannabinoid molecules into our system following cannabis consumption. However, CBDA doesn’t follow this course, which is why it has absolutely no psychoactive effects. Instead, it’s thought to interact with our endocannabinoid system -- which contains the aforementioned CB1 and CB2 receptors -- COX-2 enzyme, ultimately acting as an inhibitor

Our endocannabinoid system plays a major role in keeping our biological systems in homeostasis, influencing our biological systems to maintain conditions within a narrow range. Not too cold, not too hot -- juuust right. That being said, CBDA, working as an inhibitor, might be capable of reducing inflammation in the body (more on this below). 

The three key components of our endocannabinoid system include:

  1. Cannabinoid receptors: present on the surface of cells transmitting information about the changing conditions to kick-start the correct cellular response. 
  2. Endocannabinoids: itty-bitty molecules that are produced naturally by the body to activate non-psychoactive cannabinoid receptors. 
  3. Metabolic enzymes: enzymes that break down endocannabinoids quickly after they are used. 

Every species with a vertebrate on the planet contains its very own endocannabinoid system. For humans, the trifecta is perfect within nearly every major system of the body. The fact that CBDA interacts seamlessly with this incredible system demonstrates its significant medicinal potential.  

What Are The Potential Benefits And Uses Of CBDA?

So we’ve discussed quite a bit about the science behind how CBDA works -- but what does it actually do when you use it? Well, the short answer is that we know a lot less about the effects of CBDA compared to the effects of CBD. Why? Because CBD has been studied for many years while scientists are just beginning to scratch the surface surrounding the effects of CBDA. 

Why the lack of study? The uncomplicated answer is that until very recently scientists didn’t think that cannabinoids had any effect in their acidic, non-active form. As a result, they didn’t really bother to run many studies on CBDA or any other inactive cannabinoids. 

However, despite what many people may think, CBDA isn’t just used to soothe tension. It may also be used to ease feelings of stress and tension as well as support emotional wellness. In this case, there is a really strong similarity between CBD and CBDA.

How To Take CBDA

Much like CBD, you can take CBDA in many different ways. Some users like to juice cannabis leaves to get the effects of CBDA, however, it can easily also be found in tinctures, topicals, oils, and more. 

The easiest and arguably the quickest way to reap the benefits of CBDA? CBDA oil. This works in the same exact way as CBD oil -- you really only need to take a tiny amount and hold it under your tongue for your body to soak up all the wonderful therapeutic effects. CBDA topicals are also super easy to use. Simply apply the CBDA cream, salve, or balm to your sore joints and muscles and allow the versatile compound to work its magic.   

What’s Next For CBDA?

The last few years of CBDA research have established a solid foundation of scientific understanding while making a case for further studies. Seeing as this incredible compound shows great promise as a potential aid for soreness, tension, aches, and irritation -- as well as a boon for improving moods and general wellness -- the world is beginning to take notice of CBDA.* 

So, while we patiently await specific CBDA products to develop, keep your eyes peeled for broad-spectrum hemp extract that not only contains high levels of CBD and CBDA but includes therapeutic compounds like terpenes, vitamins, amino acids, and minerals that work in synergy with each other to power your body -- just as nature intended.* 

For the highest quality broad-spectrum hemp oil, be sure to purchase from a reputable and honest company like Healist Naturals. 

Here at Healist, we triple lab tests each and every product through a third-party, independent, ISO-accredited pharmaceutical-grade lab to ensure we are providing you with the best CBD oil possible. We provide Certificates of Analysis (COA) for all of our products and are proud to share our lab results, so you know exactly what you’re getting when you purchase from us. 

Our ethos is simple: always 100% clean and natural ingredients, always 100% benefit-focused products. 

A Final Word

So, what exactly is CBDA? 

Cannabidiolic acid -- or CBDA -- is one of the many cannabinoids found in the flowers, stems, and leaves of the cannabis plant. Simply put, CBDA is the raw form predecessor to CBD and provides its own unique body-nourishing benefits.*

Although research is fairly new surrounding this versatile compound, CBDA’s bioavailability could be the factor that really pushes it to the forefront of the conversation surrounding natural and alternative therapies.

To reap the benefits of CBDA, look for a high-quality, broad-spectrum hemp oil that contains both CBD and CBDA -- like our very own CBD drops.

Here at Healist, we see the powerful potential in nature and the ingredients it provides us. Through cutting-edge science, we have the ability to unlock this potential to really push it beyond its known possibilities and create incredible solutions that actually work. We sit in the sweet spot between nature and science because, for us -- we can’t have one without the other! 

Above all, we are driven by our belief in the body’s innate capacity to heal itself. We believe in a holistic approach and don’t set out to “fix” or “cure” by blocking or numbing what’s natural -- we view well-being as a daily practice to cultivate and create solutions to work with these unbelievable processes and restore balance when life ultimately interrupts. And one of those solutions? High-quality U.S. grown, organic broad-spectrum hemp extract.

Whether you’re looking to calm a busy mind or get relief from aches and pains, we have the botanical blends that help you feel nothing short of amazing.*