January 25, 2019


cannabidiolic acid (CBDa)

Cannabis is full of so many different cannabinoids that it can be a bit tricky to separate them all to know the difference and what specific purpose that they serve. There’s CBD, CBDa, CBN, CBG, and a whole other alphabet soup of compounds inside of the hemp plant that one can easily get lost in all of the jargon.

In an effort to become more informed myself, and to share it with my readers, I decided it would be a good idea to dig into all of these compounds and find out what they’re all about, what the difference is, and when you should be looking for one over the other. In this edition, I take a look at CBD vs. CBDa.

What’s the Difference Between CBD and CBDa?

Let’s take a look at these one-by-one to see what they’re all about, and then do a bit of a comparison and contrast to help better understand which one is needed at what time.


what is cbd?

CBD is a compound that is found in the hemp plant that is touted for its medical benefits, all while not providing the “high” that you get from marijuana. When you smoke marijuana, it is the THC that gives you a high, and that should not be confused with CBD which contains no THC.

This drug is commonly used by patients who are going through chronic pain, anxiety, seizures, muscle spasms, stress, and a whole slew of other conditions. There is an anecdotal history of the use of this compound dating back thousands of years, and in recent years there has been much research conducted to support its medical benefits to the body and mind.

How It Works

Your body has an endocannabinoid system that interacts with your body and brain. This system is comprised of cells and receptors, through which messages are transmitted. There are a number of things that can disrupt this flow of messages and signals. These disruptions can lead to either good or bad results. The use of CBD focuses on the receptors CB1 and CB2, both of which are prominent in the brain and central nervous system.

CBD interferes with things that affect these receptors to help modulate their activity. This has an effect on many functions of the body and mind. These include autonomic functions, emotions, memory, pain, movement, cognition, sensory perception, and more.


There are many advantages to taking CBD, which include:

  • It counters the psychoactive effect of THC. There is currently research being performed to administer CBD as a way to control schizophrenia and other mental issues.
  • CBD can help reduce the symptoms and severity of social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, PTSD (as described here), panic disorder, and other anxiety issues. It can also bring a calmness to those who are on the Autism spectrum.
  • CBD has gained widespread acclaim for its role in reducing the frequency and severity of seizures, particularly in regards to epilepsy. It has proven so effective that even states that have banned medical marijuana have allowed for the use of CBD treatments for this purpose.
  • It has anti-convulsive properties that can minimize the involuntary muscle spasms that are characteristic of Cerebral Palsy (CP), Multiple Sclerosis (MS) which I talk about here, as well as Parkinson’s Disease. Also, it can provide relief for Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Chron’s Disease.
  • As written in this post, it can reduce the vomiting and nausea that are commonly associated with chemotherapy in cancer patients.

Where to Buy

I provide full reviews on many of the top CBD brands on this page here: hlcomic.com/best-cbd-oil-reviews


what is CBDa?

This compound, short for Cannabidiolic Acid, is a precursor to CBD. To get CBD, you have to heat or smoke CBDa first, which then converts into CBD. Given all of the benefits of CBD, it makes sense to take a look at what can be gained from its precursor without the need for heating or smoking this drug.

Much research has been conducted on this cannabinoid to support its use of reducing anxiety, vomiting, inflammation, tumor growth, and other issues.

How It Works

This cannabinoid works in many of the same ways as CBD explained above, with the added value that it is purer since it is not heated and converted into its byproduct. It is much cleaner to use since combustion is not needed, and does not leave any toxic residue due to the heating process.


All of the benefits that were listed above CBD apply just the same to CBDa. It can provide amazing relief for many issues that affect the body and mind. Whether it be physical pain, symptoms of mental diseases, seizure control, anxiety disorders, and more, CBDa can provide quick, effective relief.

Where to Buy

If you are looking for CBDa products, they are not as prevalent as CBD products. You will want to look for something that is labeled as “full spectrum”, which will contain all of the terpenes and phytonutrients that exist in the hemp plant and not just the CBD is extracted.


T.J. LaPanta is a Florida based aspiring comedian and health nut.
When he's not trying to hack his way through a post-graduate degree, he's slaving away in the kitchen, working out, or trying to score a date.

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