How much do you know about CBD? Do you know how to make CBD oil at home?
CBD or cannabidiol is a cannabinoid present in in cannabis plants. Exceptionally, there is a plant from the same family called hemp that contains CBD in higher concentration. Since cannabis plants are known to get people stoned, the government passed a law legalising hemp plants with less than 0.3 percent THC. This permitted us to derive CBD from it and utilise its benefits.
But we cannot directly use CBD from hemp because it does not have CBD! It is true that hemp does not have CBD but it does have CBDA (cannabidiolic acid) – a compound which becomes CBD when raw hemp is decarboxylated. Today you will get CBDA tinctures, vapes, capsules and products of other forms in shops.
In this article, we will see the benefits and other information regarding CBDA.
What Is CBDA?
CBDA was first recognised and considered important by the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental therapeutics journal (ASPET). The compound gained its notoriety and was then proved to have anti-inflammatory properties similar to CBD. There are some who believe in replacing CBD with CBDA. On further research, it has been confirmed that the cannabis plants owe their therapeutic properties to not only CBD, but also CBDA.
What Happens When CBDA Is Taken In The System?
Before we start, do you know what the endocannabinoid system is? Every organism has an endocannabinoid system of its own. In humans, it consists of the CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are distributed throughout the body whereas CB2 receptors are found only in the immune and gastrointestinal tract.
This is where CBDA and CBD are different. Contrastingly, CBDA does not react with the CB1 or CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system. It interacts with the COX-2 enzyme by acting as an inhibitor.
CBDA- Benefits And Uses
The COX-2 enzyme regulates the production of pro-inflammatory compounds like prostaglandin. CBDA reduces inflammation by inhibiting the development of enzymes like prostaglandin and helps reduce conditions like chronic inflammation.
Regulates Aches And Sores
The best known solution to reducing pain was cannabis even before modern medicine developed. However, cannabis has side effects that are not healthy. It is often addictive and causes dependency of another level which will add fuel to the fire. CBDA is a solution to this problem as it decreases soreness caused by exercise, pain due to cuts and headaches.
It was reported in a study conducted by the US National Library of Medicine that CBDA reduces stress induced anxiety. Like other medicines, CBDA reacts with the 5-HT serotonin receptors and controls anxiety.