What is the difference between CBD CBDa?

What is CBD?

Disclaimer: we don’t claim to be medical experts nor do we claim that any of our CBD products will cure illnesses and/or diseases. We simply wish to educate people on the health & wellness benefits that our customers and other CBD users have seen as a result of cannabidiol usage.

Also all of our stocks are legal and meets the regulations of the UK law. All our products contain legal amount or lower content of THC or no THC at all in them. And all our products are independently lab tested as well.

CBD, short form for Cannabidiol is a compound of the Cannabis plant.

Made from hemp, CBD oil is a natural, plant based food supplement.

Hundreds of thousands of people in the UK alone are using CBD oil as a supplement to support their health and wellbeing.

CBD oil can be taken in a variety of ways, including sublingually, (under the tongue), orally and even topically, (on the skin), through vaping, capsules, edibles and so on. No one can guarantee that CBD oil will work for you. CBD is not a “miracle cure-all.” But it can be an effective supplement and another “tool in the toolbox” to achieve wellness. It’s likely that finding the “right” type, brand and dosage for you will take some experimentation.

What is CBDa?

Out of the 113 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, CBD is one amongst them and much like everything else in the nature, cannabinoids come in various shapes and sizes. 

Unless you have a chemistry degree, where all of these cannabinoids come from can get a little confusing. I will try and keep it as simple as I can.

We also must stress, that CBD & CBDa products are to be sold as a food supplement and should be taken as part of a balanced diet. We cannot make any medical claims or claims of medical benefit.

CBD vs CBDa :

Cannabidiolic acid, also known as CBDa, is one of the main cannabinoids that are produced on the leaves, stems and flowers of certain cannabis varieties; like Indica, Sativa or Hemp. In very simple terms, CBDa is the raw form of CBD that can be found in the plant. This is often why you will see CBD oils that are described as ‘raw’ – it is simply down to the fact that they contain CBDa.  

It is not until this CBDa is decarboxylated, does the compound turn into CBD (which is what all the fuss is about these days). Decarboxylation is a fancy word for when carbon dioxide and hydrogen are removed from the CBDa compound- thus slightly changing the properties of the cannabinoid. More often than not, this process occurs naturally as the plant ages, is exposed to light and heat from the sun, or when it is burned- like when it is smoked or put in the oven. The same process happens for almost all of the cannabinoids. 

The most amazing example of this change is within THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol. The acid precursor of THC is…. you guessed it, THCa. While THC is known, and used, for its psychoactive properties, THCa is not psychoactive at all. The decarboxylation process must take place before you get any psychoactive reaction.

CBD & CBDa both share similar properties, but work slightly differently just as the differences between THC & THCa above. 

What does CBDa Do?

The main difference between the two CBD’s is the level in which they have been researched. We know far less about CBDa than we do about CBD.

CBD was discovered in 1963, but it wasn’t until the 1990’s that researchers learned how cannabinoids worked with the body. It is due to this, that we know very, very little about how CBDa works – there is also very little understanding as to whether the raw acid forms of any cannabinoid actually binds to either of the cannabinoid receptors. 

If you are going digging, try not to search for ‘CBDa but instead look for information on the Endocannabinoid System.

All we know is after trying both, we can certainly say that we like the food supplements which contain CBD & CBDa better and there are thousands of people who say the same. 

Check out our range of CBD and CBDa products today !

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