Over the recent years, cannabinoid products have greatly increased in popularity. The numerous benefits they offer are the reason that makes them so popular. The most known cannabinoids are CBD and THC. THC is known for being the psychoactive cannabinoid while CBD is utilized for its health benefits. Industrial hemp contains many other cannabinoids other than CBD and THC. Other cannabinoids present include CBG, CBC, and CBDA. Cannabidiolic acid is a precursor cannabinoid. Precursors are compounds used to produce other compounds. CBD and THC in their unadulterated are CBDA. Although, it is rarely used, studies show that CBDA is perhaps the most beneficial cannabinoid. Here are some of the things about CBDA that prove how beneficial it is.
Our bodies have an endocannabinoid system that makes cannabinoids very beneficial. The endocannabinoid system in our bodies plays very important roles in our bodies. Among them is homeostasis which involves maintaining a stable internal environment in the body. Homeostasis is achieved through chemical reactions that take place all around the body with the help of cannabinoid receptors. Chemical processes can be regulated by cannabinoids as they bond with cannabinoid receptors. Cannabinoids from plants are known as phytocannabinoids. As the body is not able to produce enough cannabinoids, phytocannabinoids are useful. Cannabinoids provide their numerous health benefits due to their ability to bond with cannabinoid receptors.
As mentioned earlier, CBDA is a precursor cannabinoid. CBDA goes through decarboxylation to release CBD and THC. Carbon dioxide is released and a carboxyl group removed to produce CBD and THC. The reaction involves subjection of CBDA to heat. CBDA is not used in its raw form as it lacks bioavailability. Bioavailability is the ability of a compound to be absorbed in the body. As a raw compound, CBDA is not readily absorbed in the body. The products of decarboxylation, CBD and THC, are easily absorbed in the body. Although, CBDA is not bioavailable, it has unique benefits that are lost after its decarboxylation.
CBDA doesn’t bind with cannabinoid receptors. Although this is the case, CBDA has other health benefits. CBDA can help with the release of some enzymes in the body. Enzymes that are useful in inflammation are produced in the presence of CBDA. Inflammation is reduced when these enzymes are released. Research has shown that CBDA can help boost the release of serotonin. Mood and social behavior are regulated by serotonin which is produced by serotonin. It also aids in digestion, appetite, and sleep. Therefore, CBDA can be used for mental health conditions such as depression.
These facts about CBDA show it’s a very useful cannabinoid.