As most users are aware, cannabis contains a multitude of different components including cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and more! These compounds all work together to produce particular effects of that strain. However, even when you break down each of these components and look at them on your own, you are still left with some pretty impressive compounds – including Cannabidiolic Acid.
What is Cannabidiolic Acid?
Cannabidiolic Acid, or CBDA, is the original or “raw” form of CBD when it is growing on the plant. It is not until after the plant has been cut, dried and heated that CBD becomes more pronounced.
Many cannabinoids in cannabis plants go through transformations as the plant composition is changed (growing to dried), and these compounds typically break down into the THC and CBD that we know and love.
What Are The Benefits of Cannabidiolic Acid?
CBDA is is a raw cannabinoid that is found on unprocessed plants. Similarly to CBD and THC, this cannabinoid has many benefits of its own including:
Cannabis in general is a powerful anti-inflammatory plant and that is no different for CBDA. This raw cannabinoid has strong anti-inflammatory properties as determined by a 2008 experiment, which uncovered how CBDA is selective COX-2 inhibitor. This study found that CBDA can block the COX-2 enzyme, which reduces the ability to synthesize pro-inflammatory compounds thereby reducing overall inflammation throughout the body. When it comes to anti-inflammatory abilities, CBDA is more powerful than THCA (which is converted into THC when processed).
Nausea and Vomiting Relief
It has been found that raw cannabis juice can benefit queasy stomachs. A 2012 study found that CBDA treatment can reduce nausea and vomiting in animal trials and that it is actually more effective than CBD when it comes to upset stomachs.
As with many other cannabinoids, CBDA has anti-cancer properties as proven in a few studies. A study from 2012 found that Cannabidiolic Acid was able to halt migration of breast cancer cells. A later study from 2014 had similar results citing that CBDA altered the expression of breast cancer genes linked to cancer metastasis.
While studies on CBDA are still lacking, there is one company that has a patent on this cannabinoid due to its potential for treating psychotic disorders. Specifically, it is said to work best in conjunction with other cannabinoids, which would be achieved through full-spectrum or whole plant consumption.
Where to Find Cannabidiolic Acid?
As Cannabidiolic Acid is a raw compound, it can be hard to find. Juicing raw cannabis is a popular way to take in CBDA and is a method favored by many medical users.
Whether or not you are specifically looking for CBDA, most individuals will benefit from raw cannabinoids as well as taking a combination of cannabinoids which work together to stabilize the endocannabinoid system within the body and can resolve a host of symptoms and issues.