Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, is the active substance we would like to consume by means of various preparations. And the one who should interact with our endocannabinoid system. However, before the CBD enters our product, it must be extracted from the cannabis or hemp plant and activated. This means that the substance is not already contained in this form in the plant, as well as the THC. And so it requires a variety of manufacturing processes by which the CBD olie can be pulled out of the plant and converted. But does the CBDa have an effect or is it completely useless?
CBDa and CBD – the differences
CBD and CBDa are both cannabinoids and unique ingredients from the cannabis plant. The CBD is currently the focus of all medical research and promises great potential. But many people forget that the CBDa has a meaning when it comes to the effects of cannabidiol. First of all, it is important to understand that there is a very close connection between these two substances. CBDa represents the CBD acid, so CBD acid and thus the precursor of the CBD.
A cannabis plant does not produce CBD or THC, but always the precursors CBDa and THCa. These cannabinoids are not active in the plants and must first be activated. This happens when the cannabis is decarboxylated. Thus, the psychoactive effect of THC is explainable, because this can only fulfill its task when it was heated or smoked or cooked. The chemical process carried out here is called decarboxylation. In this process, THCa or CBDa is converted to THC and CBD. The difference with the THC, however, is that the activated CBD is not psychoactive. Thus, the difference between CBDa and CBD can be seen only in the better effect.
CBDa is therefore inactive and therefore ineffective?
Although CBDa is referred to as inactive, but quite so useless, the precursor of the CBD is not. Unfortunately, there are far too few studies and research to explain the full potential of the CBDa. The previous findings, however, show that the CBDa has advantageous properties so one assumes so far also that this material already has anti-inflammatory effects in the human organism. But cannabidiol is also better documented in this context and therefore preferable.
Common effects of CBDa and CBD
Both types of substances act on specific binding sites in our organism, the so-called TRPA1 and TRPM8 receptors. Thus, we can state that both forms have an influence on our sense of pain. Therefore, the CBDa also has analgesic and antipsychotic effects, just as CBD does. Also, CBDa has the potential to kill cancer cells, with much less effect than CBD. Both agents can affect contractions or contractions in the gut. An equally common effect is with the serotonin receptors CBD and CBD also have an inhibitory effect there, so that an anxiety-relieving effect can occur and in terms of inflammation both substances can work.
Also, nausea and vomiting can be alleviated by both forms. This is a decisive advantage when it comes, for example, to the side effects of chemotherapy.