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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 treat all kinds of conditions, from skin issues to anxiety disorders, 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.

CBDa can act as a sleep aid, allowing hard-working athletes to get the rest their bodies need to keep training.

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 acidic compound, it interacts differently with the parts of our brains that regulate neurotransmitters related to body functions. 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. 

What can CBDa do?

The potential effects of CBDa are many and varied. Some studies have shown that it can positively affect serotonin levels, a chemical that is essential to digestion, emotional regulation, sleep, and more. Studies show CBDa can effectively treat nausea and convulsions, making it a powerful ally in the fight against epilepsy and other seizure disorders.

Perhaps the most effective use of CBDa is as a pain relief and management tool, especially for athletes. Longtime runners and cyclists who worry about the potential side effects from using NSAIDs to treat pain and inflammation have found success with CBDa. NSAIDs are useful for treating the occasional headache, but for athletes who train consistently, long-term use of these drugs can do serious harm to kidneys, mask pain leading to a serious injury, cause stomach ulcers, or throw off the body’s natural governing of things like sodium. 

CBDa is gaining popularity among athletes to treat pain and inflammation, without the negative side effects of traditional NSAIDs.

CBDa, on the other hand, works together with biological systems to inhibit enzymes that cause pain and inflammation. It can also act as a sleep aid, allowing hard-working athletes to get the rest their bodies need to keep training. Planetarie’s CBDa is shown to be a natural selective COX-2 inhibitor, working through the same mechanism of action as NSAIDs, like ibuprofen, but without the side effects. It is also non-intoxicating and can provide anti-anxiety benefits.

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.

CBDa will further emerge as a treatment for a variety of ailments as we learn more about cannabis through research and wider use. This lesser-known compound within cannabis holds a range of benefits that you should seriously consider if you’re looking to reduce pain or inflammation.