Found in the Cannabis Family of Plants
CBDA is another of the 100+ known cannabinoids that are present in the cannabis plants hemp and Cannabis Sativa and Indica.
CBDA is not only closely related to the compound CBD (cannabidiol) which is a well-known cannabinoid, it is the predecessor. CBD comes from CBDA.
CBDA is a carboxylic acid that breaks down when heated, which is called decarboxylation. When this happens, CBD is formed. The decarboxylation process can happen naturally over time but can also happen rapidly when you bake the cannabis, light it to smoke, or heat it to vaporize. CBDA will then become CBD. When you are using marijuana, the THC ( Delta-8-THC and Delta-9-THC) is also activated through this same process (with THCA as it’s precursor) and is an integral part of getting the maximum effect of marijuana.
It’s difficult to compare CBDA with CBD when discussing the benefits of either, simply because there is very little research regarding CBDA as of yet. The little research that exists shows that CBDA has great potential and needs further exploration.
But What Can CBDA Do?
A particular area of interest for using CBDA is in cancer treatment. CBDA can suppress breast cancer cells. One of the key components that science has found which lead to the spread of breast cancer cells is called cyclooxygenase-2.
This is an enzyme that is present in the inflammation surrounding this type of cancer. CBDA, when exposed to the cancer cells for 48 hours, has drastically reduced the presence of this enzyme by as much as 40%.
Other Benefits of Cannabidiolic Acid
CBDA also appears to help stop the spread (metastasis) of breast cancer. It does this by the upregulation of a gene referred to as SHARP1. Metastasis is the cause of 90% of breast cancer deaths. This information and research could have a huge impact in the fight against cancer.
In a research study where shrews and rats were used, CBDA was shown to have an even better positive impact on nausea and vomiting than CBD. No research has been performed on humans to support this research as of yet, but this could potentially be great news for cancer patients suffering from general nausea from cancer treatments.
How Do You Get CBDA??
CBDA is found in raw cannabis, such as hemp plants. Hemp can be eaten, and that is really the best way that you can find and use CBDA. It is not a psychoactive compound and it is, therefore, legal. You’ll experience no high at all.
Hemp can be eaten in its entirety, from stem to leaves. The plant makes a wonderful addition to salads, and it can be purchased raw. You can add it to a blender and create smoothies and drinks with the raw hemp.
Hemp juice can also be extracted from plant matter provided you are using a juicer that doesn’t heat as it juices. Finally, plant stems and leaves provide dietary fiber.
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