Difference Between CBDa And CBD

CBDa is growing in popularity

When it comes to cannabis derivatives, CBD and THC is what people think about. Almost everyone who is familiar with cannabinoids has a basic understanding of the uses, benefits and effects of these two compounds. However, there is another cannabinoid that is gaining huge popularity, CBDA. The deal is, due to similarity in the names, many people confuse these two compounds with each other. But that’s not true, both CBD and CBDa are different cannabinoids with different benefits and effects. In this article, we will explain everything about CBD vs CBDa and how they are similar/different to/from each other.

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What Is The Difference Between CBD and CBDa?

CBD and CBDa, both are popular cannabinoids which are the compounds produced by the  Cannabis Sativa plant. A cannabis plant has more than 113 cannabinoids, but the concentration of each chemical compound differs from one another. The concentration of each cannabinoid depends on the type of cannabis plant and on the fact that whether or not the materials of the plant are decarboxylated.

CBD is present in very little amounts in the growing and young cannabis plants. In fact, most CBD is present in the form of CBDa. And when the plant is matured, cut, dried and processed, that CBDa is transformed into CBD.

Just like CBD, CBDa is also a non-intoxicating chemical compound which means you won’t get high when you consume it.

Both cannabinoids interact with the human body through the endocannabinoid system, a network that manages the release of neurotransmitters to keep the functioning of the brain balanced.

However, CBDA affects the endocannabinoid system in a different way than the decarboxylated cannabinoids such as THC and CBD. This is because CBDa is an acidic form of cannabinoids.

CBDa Vs CBD: Similarities and Effects

If we talk about the potential of these two cannabis compounds, then CBDa is better than CBD. In fact, many times CBDa is known as the mother of all cannabis compounds. It has shown more potent than both THCa and CBD in the studies carried out on animals.

Studies have shown that CBDa works effectively in reducing tumors, inflammation and seizures.

CBDA and other acidic forms of cannabinoids don’t react with your body’s endocannabinoid system because they are pharmacologically inactive. This means they aren’t any form of intoxication.

The structure of CBDa closely resembles the structure of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, this means it can soon be a major inflammatory agent in the coming days. On the other hand, CBD is mainly used for treating stress, anxiety and nausea.


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What Are People Using CBDa For More?

Because there is limited scientific research and information on the toxicology and pharmacology for CBDa, nothing can be said about its potential uses. However, the limited amount of research has found that CBDa is very effective for treating the following issues :

Nausea and Vomiting: As compared to CBD, CBDa works better in treating nausea and vomiting. In fact, it can work as a major anti-nausea agent.

Inflammation: As we already discussed above, the structure of CBDA closely resembles the molecular structure of Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs). This means it might be a major active component of the anti-inflammatory drugs.

Cancer: Studies have suggested that CBDa has cancer-fighting properties.

Apart from these properties, many patients and consumers are taking the benefits of CBDa directly from the premature leaves of cannabis plants. Many people believe that CBDa acts like a natural pain killer without any risk or side-effects like kidney damage and ulcers.

One common way to benefit from the CBDa is through homemade beverages and foods. Because it is a major component of full-spectrum raw extract, the raw young leaves can be added to the juices and smoothies. These natural beverages and foods aren’t only rich in micronutrients but also treats inflammation and relieves pain.


Further, people these days are also using the combination of CBDa and CBD to get the best results. You could make a smoothie by mixing CBDa flowers, CBD oil, kale, apple, spinach, orange etc, for example. You’ll not get high after consuming this type of smoothie because THC is not present in it.

So, this is all about the difference between CBD and CBDa. We hope the above information helps you.

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