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You’ve Heard Of CBD—Now Try CBDa

Over the past 10 years, cannabis and its various compounds have become more commonplace as governments have legalized it for medical and recreational use and loosened rules around the plant.

Odds are, you’ve seen many products that contain cannabidiol, or CBD, a compound in cannabis. CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning that consuming it won’t make you feel high or alter your abilities. It has been implemented to by many users for a variety of reasons and is widely available in varying strengths in foods, drinks, creams, and pills.

But another element of cannabis houses even greater healing properties, especially for those dealing with chronic pain. The lesser-known but much more powerful cannabidiolic acid, or CBDa, occurs organically in the hemp plant and has a more natural effect on our bodies.

How is CBDa different from CBD?

Both compounds are cannabinoids, meaning they are formed by the cannabis plant, and the differences don’t begin to take shape until humans get involved. All CBD starts as CBDa, only converting into CBD after it has been processed using heat or chemicals like ethanol. Planetarie uses an environmentally friendly water-extraction method to produce a stable CBDa preserved in its rawest form.

Because CBDa is the different compound than CBD, it interacts on other pathways in our body. Planetarie’s clean processing method means its CBDa has a linear effect on the body that ensures better predictions of the outcome of its effects.  

Why should I use CBDa instead of CBD?

CBD is undoubtedly easier to find, but it is also significantly less potent than its precursor. CBDa has been shown in human studies to be 18X more bioavailable in our bodies than CBD. A recent study showed that CBDa can reduce nausea with a dose up to 1,000 times smaller than the same dose of CBD. Planetarie produces organic CBDa products that are safer, more potent, and more effective than the CBD you might find on grocery store shelves.

What are the risks?

Of course, you should discuss any medication or supplement with a medical professional prior to use. 

Research around CBDa is still emerging, but according to various studies, potential side effects of the compound are similar to those sometimes experienced with CBD, which include dry mouth or reactions with existing medications. However, these side effects largely depend on the size of the dose and an individual’s body chemistry. A reputable company will disclose the potency of the active ingredient and give dosage instructions, recommending you start with a lower dose and pay attention to how your body responds.