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CBDa: The Complete Guide

September 8, 2021
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Stacy Cason
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CBDa: The Complete Guide

Does CBD Really Work?

Wellness is more critical than ever, and more people are paying attention to what they put in their bodies, with many seeking to keep overly processed, chemically treated foods and medications out of their systems. This trend is one of several factors contributing to the dramatic rise in popularity of cannabinoids—compounds found in the hemp plant that offer a range of therapeutic benefits without the “high” associated with marijuana.

Experts expect the CBD market to grow to a $7.8 billion industry in 2022, meaning there’s no disputing the effectiveness and popularity of these compounds. Even more effective than CBD is its chemical precursor, CBDa, which stands for cannabidiolic acid. CBDa is growing in popularity, with companies like Planetarie offering the highest-quality products, such as topicals, drink additives, and soft gels, especially popular among athletes and active agers.

The search for wellness has contributed greatly to the $7B CBD industry.

As with any medication or supplement, it’s essential to speak with your doctor and understand how it will interact with your body and with any other medications you’re taking.

HOW DOES CBDa WORK WITH MY BODY?

CBDa works differently than over-the-counter drugs and even the more typical CBD. CBDa is shown in studies to be a selective COX-2 inhibitor, a type of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory. That means that CBDa could be used in place of common anti inflammatories, which can cause issues like ulcers or stomach bleeding through its action on COX-1. Therefore, a selective COX-2 inhibitor could provide anti-inflammatory effects without the gastric side effects seen from  action on COX-1. CBDa will need to go through vigorous human clinical trials before this effect can be substantiated.  

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HOW EFFECTIVE IS CBDa?

CBDa is the acidic precursor to CBD, and scientific research shows that it is up to 1,000 times more potent than CBD for certain effects. Planetarie’s exclusive water extraction method means that its products deliver the compound in its purest form, giving you all the benefits of the raw hemp plant. It’s like the difference between raw and canned vegetables. Both will provide you with vitamins and minerals, but your body absorbs the raw version more easily.

HOW DOES CBDa INTERACT WITH MY OTHER MEDICATIONS?

CBDa can interact with an enzyme in the liver called p450 that breaks down certain medications. This can result in larger amounts of these medications making their way into your bloodstream, essentially meaning that your body absorbs more of them. You can mitigate this by consulting your doctor to determine if a dosage correction is needed. Factors to consider include your body weight, the condition you want to treat, and specific body chemistry. Planetarie’s experts recommend you start small and work your way up as you learn how it affects you.

Starting low and going slow is the recommended way to start incorporating CBDa into your daily routine.

TAKE CBD TOO - WILL CBDa INTERACT WITH IT?

The two compounds, although closely related, work differently in your body, so you can safely combine the two. But because CBDa is more bioavailable and biologically compatible and therefore more easily absorbed by your body, you may find that you no longer need CBD. Additionally, you can take a lower dosage of CBDa than CBD because of its superior potency.

About the author

Stacy Cason

CEO + FOUNDER
During 15 years in the healthcare industry, Stacy Cason witnessed the devastating effects of chronic pain and opioid abuse. Long been fascinated by the phenomenal benefits of plant medicine. Stacy founded Planetarie in 2018. Following extensive research and development, Planetarie created a proprietary water-extraction technology that leaves full-spectrum cannabinoids in their most potent, natural state. Stacy is a serial entrepreneur who has successfully exited from commercial real estate, crypto, and other businesses. She is an Ironman, an investor, a speaker, and has been an active philanthropist for many years. Stacy is a Harvard and DU graduate living in Denver most of the year.

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