Author – Jon Russell
Edited by Noah Persin
Thank you for joining us again for our next installment of the GreenSea “Understanding Cannabinoids” series. Last week we discussed THCa and THC, the most popular and researched cannabinoid. We now know that high THC concentrations can be used in the treatment of cancer, stimulate appetite, relieve pain and as a sleep aid.
We continue our journey along the cannabinoid map to CBDa and CBD. Current news and events have been hyping up CBD but what exactly does this cannabinoid do? Let us now launch head first jump the science, shall we?
Cannabidiolic Acid (CBDa)
Unlike CBDs’ sexier sister THC, CBD is non-psychoactive and will not get you high. For a long time this cannabinoid was sort of like the redheaded stepchild of the cannabis world. It’s lack of high had most breeders working for higher THC concentrations before it’s therapeutic abilities were found.
CBDa is probably best known for treating various forms of cancer because of it’s ability to inhibit cancer cell growth. It has other benefits as well. It has anti-inflammatory properties which help to lower swelling and joint aches. It is also known to assist with nausea and new research is showing that it may turn out to be an effective treatment for MRSA.
CBDa quickly transforms into CBD and can be difficult to acquire in it’s raw form. However, like with THCa, juicing raw cannabis provides a great source of CBDa along with the other raw cannabinoids. Cannabis Ruderalis strains have also shown high concentrations of CBDa.
Cannabidiol is known as the guardian cannabinoid due to it’s anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. It works to protect the body on the cellular level and is now considered to be a major cannabinoid.
When you cure cannabis (much like ripening a banana) or add heat (a process known as “decarboxylation”) you convert the CBDa to CBD. You “decarb” your cannabis instantly when you smoke or vaporize it, and if you’re making edibles or RSO then that process happens slowly as you cooking the cannabis.
CBD is non-psychoactive and doesn’t get you stoned. It’s actually a THC antagonist which means it can be used to lower the effects of THC. Research is showing that CBD can be used to help someone who is too high gently float back down to earth. It also provides a host of medicinal benefits such as analgesic (pain reliever), anti-emetic (nausea), anti-inflammatory and many more. Possibly one of it’s most important qualities is its effect with regards to reducing seizures. With no high and ability to show an 81% decrease in epileptic symptoms, cannabidiol is being used to treat children with great success.
We could write an entire book on the subject of CBD. It is the ONLY cannabinoid showing an ability to lower blood sugar. This could be huge for patients who use insulin. It’s also the only cannabinoid that has shown promise in the treatment of psoriasis. Ongoing CBD research is released daily.
CBD can be derived from hemp and a number of CBD only oils have been released on the market and can be obtained in most of the 50 states. This is because they are derived from hemp (a source of CBD rich extractions) and hemp isn’t a Schedule I controlled substance. Their efficacy is still to be determined as the Entourage Effect requires all of the cannabinoids working in harmony to provide the highest medicinal benefit.
CBDa was next on the cannabinoid map and is a great addition to your daily vitamin intake regiment. Juicing raw cannabis is the best way to get your daily dose of non-psychoactive CBDa. CBD treats so many ailments that it’s hard to believe that we didn’t evolve alongside the cannabis plant. Cannabidiol is an important part of the Endocannabinoid System.
Join us next week for our next article in the “Understanding Cannabinoids” series. We’ll cover a CBCa and CBC, one of the more ignored cannabinoids. Stay connected for the next in our series by signing up for the newsletter below.