Cannabidiolic Acid (CBDA)

What does Cannabidiolic Acid (CBDA) mean?

Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) occurs in the resin glands (trichomes) of the cannabis plant. It is the precursor of cannabidiol (CBD).

CBDA is considered inactive until it is activated and then it becomes active CBD. To activate CBDA, it must be aged and go through a heating process (decarboxylation) to convert it to CBD.

Heat causes the acid molecules of CBDA to break down and become activated CBD. CBDA is found in strains of cannabis that boast high levels of CBD.

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Cannabis concentrates with high levels of CBD have become popular with medicinal marijuana users. Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) has no psychoactive effects when consumed. However, it is believed to have numerous health benefits.

Medicinal marijuana plants are frequently cultivated that boast high levels of CBD with very little or no THC. CBD has been proven effective at treating many medical conditions such as epilepsy. Strains of marijuana such as Charlotte’s Web offer high levels of CBDA, which, through decarbing can be converted to CBD to treat epilepsy and nausea from cancer treatment medications.

Many varieties of industrial hemp also have high levels of CBDA. Unlike cannabis plants that feature exceedingly high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), most marijuana plants have less than 5 per cent CBD.

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