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Often, when people think of the cannabis, they have heard of cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). But, many are still (understandably) unsure about what they actually mean and how it affects them. CBD is short for cannabidiol and is one of over 60 active compounds (also known as cannabinoids) in the marjiuana plant. While beneficial for wellbeing, CBD can not get you high and is safe for all the family to use on a daily basis. CBD has been adopted by people of all ages to support their health and provides many benefits.

What are Cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids are chemicals that are able to connect with cannabinoid receptors in our body and brain. In the cannabis plant there are over 130 cannabinoids present which all have their own unique benefits. Most likely, you have heard of the two most abundant cannabinoids in the plant: CBD and THC. They both originally stem from the precursor cannabinoid known as CBDa. 

So, What is CBDa and Where does it come into this?

CBDa, known as cannabidiolic acid, is one of the many compounds produced by cannabis and hemp. CBDa is found in the raw plant material and converts to the more widely known cannabinoid CBD when exposed to heat. 

The relationship between CBDa and CBD

This is a complicated process but the understanding the relationship between CBDa and CBD will only further your knowledge of how you can benefit from adding CBD into your everyday routine.

Firstly, both CBDa and CBD first develop in the cannabis plant as the cannabinoid CBGA. Then, CBDa synthase (the catalyses the linking together of two molecules) converting to CBGA into CBDA. From here, CBD is formed by a process involving heat to remove the carboxyl group. 

We get how confusing this can be but in simple terms both CBDa and CBD are non psychoactive, meaning they will not get you ‘high’. Like CBD and other cannabinoids, CBDa has its own properties associated with certain benefits. Although CBDa is not as intensely research as CBD, it has still been shown to have a positive impact on health and wellness. 

There are three different types of CBD: 

  1. Full Spectrum. This means the entire plant cannabinoid profile is included in the final product, including CBD, CBG,CBDa and less than 0.2% THC. Full Spectrum CBD is often associated with the entourage effect.
  2. Broad Spectrum: This means the THC has been removed but remaining cannabinoids are present, including CBD, CBG,CBDa, CBN and more. 
  3. CBD Isolate: This means the product only contains CBD cannabinoid and nothing else. 

CBD and CBDa – Better together 

When understanding what CBDa is, it becomes clear that its essential in obtaining the widely known cannabinoid CBD. More research is still needed on CBDa to distinguish its individual traits as well as how it interacts as a whole on the human body. 

So, if you’re interested in adding CBDa into your wellness routine, full spectrum would be the better option as it contains the entire plant cannabinoid profile.

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