Cannabinoids Explained: CBDa

CBDa is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid that can be found in raw cannabis flowers. Written by Anna Barberena.

What is CBDa

CBDa is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid that can be found in raw cannabis flowers. Cannabis naturally produces CBDa as the raw precursor to CBD. CBDa will slowly convert to CBD when left at room temperature or, rapidly, when exposed to high temperatures. Early clinical findings suggest that CBDa has significant therapeutic benefits however there is a general lack of the benefits of CBDa and how to use it. Clinical studies are emerging which suggest that CBDa may be more potent than CBD when used for seizures, inflammatory pain and nausea (1). CBDa is best absorbed into the body when taken orally and is shown to be 11 times more bioavailable than CBD (1). Incorporating CBDa into your cannabinoid regimen can even help to lower the amount of CBD and other cannabinoids you consume a day (1).

What is CBDa

According to Dr. Dustin Sulak, the Therapeutic Benefits CBDa offers are:

  • Promotes alertness and helps to clear the mind
  • Pain and inflammatory reduction especially after physical activity
  • Potential to enhance performance during exercise and decrease recovery time
  • Helps increase our ability to cope with stress
  • Reduces nausea
  • Helps reduce anxiety and irritability
  • Reduces seizures and convulsions (anticonvulsant)
  • May help with sleeping issues

Entourage Effect

  • CBDa may not reduce the intoxicating feelings of THC like it’s counterpart CBD (1)

Conditions CBDa may be beneficial for

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Seizures and convulsions
  • Chronic pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Insomnia or occasional sleeplessness
  • Enhancing performance and recovery after exercising
  • Skin disease
  • Cancer

Potential Adverse Side Effects

Citations: 1. Sulak, Dustin. “CBD & CBDa Dr. Dustin Sulak's Guide to Unlocking the Powerful Benefits of Hemp.” Healer Inc., 2021.


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