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An A to Z of CBD: What is CBDA?

Published on 14th October 2018

By this point, it’s quite likely you are familiar with both Cannabidiol and Tetrahydrocannabinol – CBD and THC. But the cannabis plants contain at least 113 chemical compounds, and whilst CBD and THC are generally considered the most powerful, we wanted to look at one of the lesser-mentioned but therapeutic, elements, CBDA that is in our oil, serum and tea and the ways in which they can enhance your life. 

Why haven’t I heard of CBDA?

You may have already. CBDA is the precursor of CBD. CBD, the main component of our products, is in fact CBDA that has been through the process of decarboxylation. By this, we refer to the processes of baking, heating or “drying out” the plant. The flower, once put through any of these processes, experiences a breakdown of it’s original acids. CBDA is the name given to that compound before the acid has broken down – CBDA is the chemical compound you find in “raw” hemp. 

Why do we more commonly hear of CBD?

Research, mostly. Most of cannabis research carried out focuses either on the psychoactive THC (which is not in any of our products), or on the greater studied health benefits of CBD. 

What is so different about CBDA?

CBDA doesn’t interact with your endocannabinoid system in the same way as CBD. In fact, it is suspected that it doesn’t interact with it at all as studies have yet to find any connection between the two. CBD, as well as THC, are known for the effect they have on the endocannabinoid system – the bridge between the mind and body. So, whilst CBDA is being studied for its effects on your body and supposed health benefits, it may not affect your mind in the same way as CBD oil. Studies suggest it affects other non-endocannabinoid receptors and enzymes instead. 

How can CBDA help me?

CBDA does share some similarities with CBD in the way it affects the body. So if you are getting some kind of benefit from taking CBD oil, adding in CBDA is a way to double down on the positive results you are experiencing. 

How can I introduce it into my diet?

With the nature of it being “raw” hemp, there are many ways you can introduce it into your diet – through using your Spirit of Hemp oil in juices, salads, as a garnish on food or even, now, with our brand-new tea. It's the perfect way to start or end your day - or why not invite a loved one over and share some of these amazing properties with them as well?

Do I need to choose between CBD and CBDA?

Not at all. Here at Spirit of Hemp, we like to stay ahead of the game and all our products contain both CBD and CBDA. As more and more research is being carried out, it seems that the use of the two together is growing in popularity – allegedly enabling people to take a smaller dose when combining the two. We'd love to hear how you've found some of our products!