Cannabinoid Spotlight: CBDa


Recently there has been a surge in the curiosity behind everything CBD but little talk about its raw form, Cannabidiolic Acid or CBDa. CBD would not exist without CBDa, so in order to understand the full potential of CBD, you need to understand a little bit about how it exists in nature. CBDa is a non-psychoactive, naturally occurring cannabinoid in the cannabis plant and is converted to CBD when heated through a process called decarboxylation, just like its close relative THCa and THC. Although CBDa converts to CBD they have very distinct differences and interact with the body's endocannabinoid system differently.  Scientists are just beginning to understand and unlock the full potential of CBDa and how this acid form may be beneficial for cannabis consumers. 


CBDa has greater bioavailability than non-acid compounds, which aids in the way that it interacts with the body. In its raw form CBDa does not bind with CB1 and CB2 receptors like CBD instead it works with your endocannabinoid system in a different way to support potential relief from inflammation and pain as well as enhancing serotonin (the happy chemical) receptors. 

CBDa is known to block COX-2 enzymes which are the culprit for inflammation and binds to 5-HT receptors, mimicking common antidepressant medications. (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors). Serotonin plays a large role in the human body processes from mood to movement and everything in between. CBDa’s role with serotonin is a large component of why it is being researched for its therapeutic benefits. 


CBDa may be extremely beneficial due to its combination of anti-inflammatory properties, and little to no psychoactivity. CBDa acid tinctures present a unique opportunity for consumers wanting relief without the effects that come with non-acid tinctures, making it great for daytime use and in conjunction with CBD; contributing the Entourage Effect. CBDa holds an array of potential benefits that can be a great addition to your daily health and wellness routine. According to research here, the following is a list of symptoms and ailments that CBDa may be beneficial for:

  • Anxiety
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antibacterial
  • Chemotherapy-induced Nausea 
  • Certain Cancers (breast) 
  • Aches & Pains
  • Overall Health & Wellness
  • Depression
  • Epilepsy 


CBDa is commonly found in topicals, capsules, juiced raw cannabis, or tinctures

CBDa tinctures are created without the decarboxylation process, meaning they are not exposed to heat. This ensures that the CBDa remains in its raw, acid form and does not convert to CBD. CKSoul’s Support CBDa Tincture is made with the highest quality CBD rich cannabis flower coupled with a specific terpene blend and organic olive oil to preserve and provide the therapeutic acid-based properties of CBDa and maintain excellent bioavailability.

To learn more about if CBDa is right for you, click on the support button at the bottom right hand of your screen for additional guidance and information.

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