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Acidic Cannabinoids: What Are They and How Do You Consume Them?

Acidic Cannabinoids: What Are They and How Do You Consume Them?

If you’re interested in medicinal healing, you’re already aware of the incredible benefits of CBD and THC. 

What you might not know is the cannabis plant is far more complex, and its benefits extend way beyond CBD and THC. 

The chemical compounds found in raw cannabis plants—aka acidic cannabinoids—are incredibly beneficial, and they don’t produce the same mind-altering effects as THC. 

Let’s take a closer look at this federally legal substance that is not consumed through the traditional methods of vaping, smoking, eating an edible, or infusing oil into your cooking.

What Are Acidic Cannabinoids?

The raw cannabis plant is full of acidic cannabinoids like cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), and the mother of all cannabinoids: cannabigerolic acid (CBGA). 

These acidic compounds are precursor compounds, which means they participate in a chemical reaction to produce another compound. 

To over-simplify, think of cookie dough (precursor compound) baking in the oven (chemical reaction) resulting in cookies (producing another compound).

Throughout the process of growth, harvesting, and processing, most acidic cannabinoids in a raw cannabis plant transition into their “neutral” forms because of a process known as decarboxylation. To learn more about decarboxylation, please read our article, The ABCs of CBDA.

To better understand acidic cannabinoids, it may be helpful to compare them with something more familiar: activated cannabinoids.

Acidic Cannabinoids vs Activated Cannabinoids

Acidic cannabinoids are the natural compounds found in the raw cannabis plant. These compounds haven’t gone through decarboxylation and have not been altered from their original state.

Acidic cannabinoids are denoted by the “a” or “acid” at the end of the name of the compound. For example, CBDA is cannabidiolic acid and THCA is tetrahydrocannabinolic acid.

These unfiltered, acidic cannabinoids differ from their counterparts in several ways, but perhaps none is more stark than the method of consumption. 

Raw cannabis plants are filled with CBDA, THCA, and other acidic cannabinoids. If you were to eat the raw plant you would consume these compounds along with it (note: we do not recommend eating raw cannabis plants on their own).

Both acidic and activated or “neutral” cannabinoids interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system — a biological system of neurotransmitters and receptors throughout our central nervous system. The receptors in this endocannabinoid system allow us to feel the various effects of cannabinoids.

As mentioned earlier, acidic cannabinoids are non-psychoactive, which means they won’t produce a “high” feeling when consumed. 

This is because acidic molecules are much larger than their psychoactive counterparts, which prevents them from binding with the CL1 receptor in the brain (this is the receptor that interacts with THC to produce euphoria and other mind-altering effects). This means you’ll get all the potential benefits of acidic cannabinoids without the “high” typically associated with cannabis use.

What Are the Benefits of Acidic Cannabinoids?

Although acidic cannabinoids won’t get you “high,” they can produce some pretty powerful effects and offer a wide range of potential health benefits, including inflammation reduction, antipsychotic properties, anti-nausea, and tumor suppression. For a more detailed look at these potential benefits, please refer to our article The ABCs of CBDA

Those who’ve used acidic cannabinoids have reported increased energy, a sense of calm and wellbeing, and decreased stress. Each person’s experience will be influenced by:

Fun fact(s): flavanoids are found in nearly all plants, including fruits and vegetables, bark, flower, tea, and wine. Terpenes (aka terpenoids) are the largest and most diverse group of naturally occurring compounds that we know of.

How Do You Consume Acidic Cannabinoids?

For the purest, most unfiltered form of acidic cannabinoids, we recommend raw cannabis powder from Field Queen. With 11 cannabinoids, this little capsule packs quite a punch. In addition to the increased efficacy of acidic cannabinoids, you’ll also benefit from the entourage effect, which amplifies the effects of these cannabinoids.

Field Queen’s unique whole-plant product allows you to experience all that raw cannabis has to offer — including cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and other vital antioxidants — in one little capsule.

Whether you take the capsule by itself or mix it into a smoothie or protein shake, one key benefit of Field Queen is its potency and bioavailability. 

You can achieve the same results you're used to in your typical tinctures, gummies, or other extracts with less. You’ll feel results more quickly — sometimes, in as little as 10 minutes! 

No need to wait two hours for the edible to kick in. Visit Field Queen and experience the benefits of raw cannabis!