What About CBDa, CBGa ?

Posted by Rocky The Grower on 16th Jan 2022

What About CBDa, CBGa ?

CBGA is the mother cannabinoid in the cannabis plant’s life cycle, the precursor to CBDA, and CBCA. 

None of these so-called acidic cannabinoids are scheduled as a controlled substances.

CBG is the precursor to all other cannabinoids, including THC, CBD and CBC. CBG in its raw form, cannabigerolic acid (CBGA), develops within the plant’s cells when two organic compounds produced by the plant, olivetolic acid (OA) and geranyl pyrophosphate (GPP), combine. CBGA then is secreted into trichomes before it converts into the three major cannabinoid lines: THCA, CBDA, and CBCA, otherwise known in their more studied, “activated” forms as THC, CBD and CBC.

CBGa is not only a strong catalyst within the cannabis plant but also possesses many potential therapeutic benefits such as anti-inflammation, anti-bacterial, mood regulation and appetite stimulation.

CBDA is not interchangeable with CBD.

They’re different compounds, although they do have a close relationship.

CBDA is a non-psychoactive compound that serves as a precursor to CBD. More specifically, CBDA is decarboxylated to create CBD, meaning it is heated. This can happen instantly if smoked or vaped, or slowly if the plant material is left to dry in the sun or even at room temperature.

CBDa or cannabidiolic acid can, therefore, be thought of as raw CBD. CBDA is most often found in the live or raw hemp plants bred for high CBD levels.

CBDa is known as a ‘superiornnabinoid’ because of its superior bioavailability. Because of its similar properties to CBD, it possesses many of the same potential benefits including reducing inflammation and pain and controlling serotonin levels related to core functions.

CBDa and CBGa have been in the news recently related to their abilities to prevent COVID-19 from infecting human cells. Oregon State University (HEMPBEST owner Jyl's alma mater) recently revealed that CBDa and CBGa bind to the COVID spike protein, blocking a crucial step in the infection process.

The study, which was conducted by Oregon State researcher Richard van Breemen (at OSU's Global Hemp Innovation Center, College of Pharmacy and Linus Pauling Institute) found that CBDa and CBGa bind to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, which prevents the virus that causes COVID-19 from entering human cells, according to a press release from the university.

Because of their wide-ranging properties, both cannabinoids can be administered in a number of ways including our very own Total Wellness DropsTotal Wellness Capsules and Total Wellness Tea.