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What is CBDA? The ABCs of CBDA

What is CBDA?

The conversation around cannabis and cannabinoids has been dominated by two familiar names: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). While these two certainly have their uses, there are more than 100 cannabinoids in total. With so many variations, it seems silly to only focus on these two. For now, let’s shift the focus to another chemical compound — CBDA.

CBDA? Don’t you just mean CBD?

Not quite. Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) is a chemical compound found in the raw hemp plant (or cannabis plant), and is a precursor to CBD. When high temperatures are applied to CBDA, it undergoes a process known as decarboxylation and is converted to (CBD).

Short version: CBDA + heat = CBD.

OK - So What is CBDA, Exactly?

CBDA is a cannabinoid found in the raw hemp plant. Raw hemp contains more CBDA than any other cannabinoid. Although research on CBDA is still in its infancy, it shows great promise with several potential benefits (more on that later). 

Several cannabinoids, like THC, have mind-altering, psychoactive effects. CBDA has an effect more similar to that of CBD. Like CBD, CBDA is non-psychoactive, meaning that consuming it doesn’t produce the “high” feeling often associated with marijuana. CBDA is also believed to have better bioavailability than many other cannabinoids, which means less is required to achieve similar effects.  

Although CBD products are everywhere, CBDA is a bit more difficult to find outside of a raw hemp plant. As the plant is harvested, processed, and consumed, most of the CBDA goes through decarboxylation and is converted to CBD — making it tricky to find CBDA, even in a dispensary.

Avoiding decarboxylation is difficult, but not impossible. While smoking, vaping, or eating edibles won’t do the trick, there is a way to consume CBDA by ingesting raw cannabis juice or the flower. Before we get into that, let’s look at some of the potential health benefits of CBDA.

What Is CBDA Good For?

What is CBDA good for, you ask? Unfortunately, the answer isn’t so simple. That’s because until very recently, it’s been difficult to conduct research on CBDA for three reasons:

  1. Decarboxylation (CBDA + heat = CBD) makes it difficult to isolate CBDA for the consumer 
  2. Research on cannabis, in general, has been illegal until the Farm Bill of 2018
  3. Resources were dedicated to CBD studies instead

Despite these obstacles, researchers have found several potential uses and benefits, including: 

  • Treatment for nausea
  • Anti-inflammation
  • Anti-psychosis
  • COVID-19 protection 

CBD offers many of these same benefits, but several studies have suggested that CBDA may be much more potent and effective than its counterpart. 

Potential CBDA Benefits Backed by Research

COVID-19 Protection

In this study, researchers found CBDA appears to block cellular entry of the virus and any emerging variants. While vaccination can complement these effects, research suggests CBDA has the ability to work on its own to both prevent and treat COVID-19.

Vomiting and Nausea Prevention and Treatment

Already one of the most common uses of medicinal cannabis (especially for patients undergoing chemotherapy), studies suggest CBDA is more effective than CBD at preventing and treating nausea and vomiting

While both of these studies were conducted on rats, the results were promising. We’ll eventually learn more about how these effects can be achieved in humans.

Anti Inflammatory Properties

This study suggests CBDA can reduce inflammation by selectively inhibiting cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), an enzyme involved in inflammation processes throughout the body. It also indicates that CBDA can decrease inflammation in two ways: down-regulation (decreasing the number of receptors for a neurotransmitter) and enzyme inhibition (more on this below).

Tumor Suppression

In addition to reducing inflammation, the above study suggests CBDA acts as a selective inhibitor of COX-2, which is involved in the metastasis of cancer cells. Metastases are responsible for roughly 90% of breast cancer-related deaths, and COX-2 is expressed in 40% of breast cancers. Inhibiting this enzyme could be vital to the future of cancer treatment.

While we still need additional research before we can definitively say so, research suggests CBDA can help prevent the spread of cancer cells from one part of the body to another. It's worth noting that these studies were not conducted inside the human body, but there is no reason to believe the effects wouldn't be the same internally.

Antipsychotic Properties

You may have heard the old wives’ tale that extended or frequent use of cannabis can lead to psychosis. Studies suggest the exact opposite is true and that CBDA (along with other cannabinoids) may be effective treatments for psychosis, anxiety, and mood disorders

Pharmaceutical companies have a drug patent for the potential treatment of certain psychotic disorders using cannabinoids. It will be interesting to see how treatment for psychosis evolves in the future.

How To Consume CBDA

As we discussed earlier, the decarboxylation that occurs while harvesting or processing the hemp plant makes it difficult to get your hands on CBDA. While extraction techniques have evolved to the point we can isolate CBDA, consuming an isolated cannabinoid is not the most effective method. 

Why? Because you miss out on the entourage effect.

No, we’re not talking about the TV show. The entourage effect is a phenomenon where all the cannabinoids — along with terpenes, flavonoids, and other therapeutic compounds — work together in synergy to promote wellness. 

Consuming CBDA on its own is great, but when consumed alongside CBD, THC, cannabigerol (CBG), cannabinol (CBN), or other cannabinoids, the effects are amplified. That's why we believe CBDA is best consumed in its raw form, along with all the cannabis plant has to offer.

When it comes to consuming cannabis in its most natural, holistic state, you can't beat Field Queen's raw cannabis powder. This all-natural approach to consuming cannabis has helped people around the world enjoy the following benefits:

  • Mild euphoria (depending on dose)
  • Anxiety and stress relief  and an overall feeling of calm
  • Sustained energy
  • Pain relief and mobility increases

Because our cannabis powder is more bioavailable than anything else on the market, you get more bang for your buck. You can consume far less Field Queen powder to achieve the same effects you're used to getting with typical tinctures, gummies, and other products, saving you money. With CBDA plus 10 other cannabinoids, you’ll benefit from the entourage effect.

Experience the CBDA Benefits Firsthand With Field Queen

We've covered some potential benefits of CBDA and explained how you can achieve these results for yourself. At this point, there is just one thing left to do. Head over to Field Queen and experience cannabis just like Mother Nature made it. Treat yourself to holistic healing with the most bioavailable form of cannabis in the world: raw cannabis powder.

Raw CBDA from Field Queen. Four little letters. One little capsule.