Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant and the acidic precursor to cannabidiol (CBD). While there has been much buzz surrounding the benefits of CBD, its acidic counterpart, CBDA, has received less press.
Before cannabis goes through decarboxylation, the cannabinoid CBD exists in an acidic form called CBDA. After being heated and “decarbed,” cannabis is no longer in raw form, and the compounds in the plant naturally undergo a series of chemical changes.
CBDA has multiple potential health benefits and medical uses. Here are some common ways that this acidic cannabinoid may be used, according to scientific research:
Anti-inflammatory – which is how NSAIDs like ibuprofen work to beat inflammation and assist with pain management
Anti-tumor with the potential to shrink both benign and cancerous tumors as well as possibly inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells
CBDA works on the serotonin receptors, making it potentially very useful for beating anxiety and nausea
Extensive research has been conducted on CBD and comparatively little research on CBDA. As research is limited on the potential health benefits of CBDA and most studies come from animal models, clinical trials involving people are essential.