CBD vs CBDA
Cannabis is full of cannabinoids. Some 113 of these chemical compounds have been identified for various purposes and effects on the human brain and body. But, there’s not nearly enough significant research to define and explain all these cannabinoids or their respective functions.
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the best-known agent because it produces the psycho-activity you associate with the buzz or high. But, the focus here is on two other compounds:
- Cannabidiol (CBD) is credited with scores of medical benefits without leaving users stoned.
- Cannabidiolic acid (CBDa) becomes CBD when cannabis is heated. Cannabis does not grow up containing CBD. The CBDa turns into CBD when cooking or smoking initiates the decarboxylation process.
When you heat CBDa to approximately 270°F, a chemical reaction removes a carboxyl group and releases carbon dioxide. This decarboxylation process unlocks the CBD to produce its benefits.
Some decarboxylation comes with curing and drying. But smoking accelerates the process with high heat. However, senior citizens, patients with respiratory problems, and others cannot or will not inhale the smoke.
With CBD growing in popularity and its health and wellness benefits, CBDa has often been ignored.
The CBD option
Patients suffering from anxiety, chronic pain, epileptic seizures, involuntary muscle spasms, and many more conditions have reported research-supported relief. Anecdotal history goes back thousands of years.
How CBD works
The body’s natural Endocannabinoid System (ECS) weaves throughout the body and brain. The system is built of cells each of which has receptors. These triggers transmit messages along respective chains of cells.
Countless things can interfere with the flow, pacing, and balance in these connections. Any disruption can manifest itself in good or bad outcomes — from happiness to pain. Drugs classified as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) like Prozac seek to restore that intercellular rhythm.To be precise, cannabis research has worked with two receptors: CB1 and CB2. Both exist throughout the body, but CB1 receptors are more prominent in the brain and Central Nervous System (CNS).
THC is known to bind to CB1 receptors to speed, slow, or modulate their activity. And, because this mostly takes place in control centers, THC affects autonomic functions, cognition, coordination, emotion, endocrine functions, memory, movement, pain, and sensory perception.
But, CBD has a different mechanism. It does not bind to receptors. Rather, it runs interference with things affecting the receptors including THC.
Benefits of CBD
- Antipsychotic: While the THC in cannabis produces the psychoactivity effects so many users pursue. CBD counters that punch. More relevant, researchers are pursuing effects on schizophrenia under the theory that the dosage and frequency of administration can benefit.
- Anti-anxiolytic: Depending on dosage and composition, the CBD has proven effective in reducing or dispelling symptoms of social anxiety, OCD, panic disorder, and PSTD. And, some hope it will calm some behaviors on the Autism spectrum.
- Anti-seizure: CBD has gained national attention and support for its role in treating the seizure’s attached to epilepsy. Some states which have not legalized cannabis have made an exception for CBD treatment of pediatric recalcitrant epilepsy.
- Anti-convulsive: That same mechanism appears to reduce or mitigate involuntary muscular spasms associated with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Cerebral Palsy (CP), and Parkinson’s Disease. It’s soothing of smooth muscle spasms helps combat Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Chron’s Disease.
- Anti-emetic: CBD has assisted with treated the vomiting and diarrhea connected with chemotherapy and pharmaceutical therapies for HIV/AIDS.
Additional research is interested in how CBD slows the proliferation and metastasis of cancer cells and in the correlation between CBD and lowered incidence of diabetes.
The CBDa option
Science is discovering what now seems obvious. If you must heat, or smoke to get to CBD, it makes sense to look at the CBDa as its precursor.
If you assume that heating and smoking consume the contents, it makes sense to see what CBDa can do on its own without the related negative impacts of smoking and inhaling.
In fact, there is enough researched evidence that this so-called “inactive” cannabinoid is anything but lazy. It also serves to reduce anxiety, inflammation, vomiting, tumor proliferation, and more.
How CBDa works
CBDa works on the same human systems in the same was as CBD. But, it has the added virtue of being “pure.” It is cleaner in the sense that there is no combustion involved, no solvents, and no toxic residue.
Our full spectrum Sublingual oil is formulated from naturally occurring terpens. All of out sublingual oils contain CBD, CBDa, CBDV, CBDG, and CBDGA. Many of our customers use our oils on their salads, greens, or in their smoothies. CBDa is also known for providing the reputed anti-anxiolytic, anti-emetic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-proliferative benefits.
But, given the demand for recreational use cannabis and medical cannabis in states where legal, the breeder, farmers, and providers do not target CBDa markets. They do not always breed cannabis for its CBDa potential.
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Cultures and economies have been farming industrial hemp for thousands of years. As a multi-purpose crop it has been valued for its fiber. But, it is also the “original” cannabis, so to speak. What we know as “industrial” hemp is a branch of the cannabis sativa family differentiated by its heavy concentration of CBD. And, because of that lack of THC, industrial hemp and its derivatives are legal in all states and most countries.
Derived from industrial hemp, CBD and CBDa items include candies, capsules, edibles, oils, sublingual drops, syrups, and more. Lotions, creams, and other topicals let you massage relief into joints, muscles, and skin. And, specially formulated CBD-infused products are even safe for pets.
CBD and CBDA cannot promise to cure ailments. But, science and history support the perceived relief from dozens of medical problems as the result of using CBD. With the best information at hand, you can choose or combine your therapies using CBD and CBDa. And, to the extent possible, you can advocate for new and relevant research.