While doing research you have certainly already come across products containing cannabidiol and displaying a CBDA content and not CBD? Discover what CBDA is, its properties, and its differences with CBD.
What is CBDA?
CBDA is the cannabidiolic acid which is a cannabinoid precursor of CBD. When the cannabis plant is in full growth, it contains a significant amount of cannabigerolic acid (or CBGA). This acid is the precursor to all the other cannabinoid compounds that develop later: tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, or THCA, the cannabinoid precursor to THC, and CBDA, which will give rise to CBD.
CBDA is in a way the mother molecule of CBD. It is at the time of the drying of the pante that CBDA is transformed into CBD. This also happens when the CBDA molecules are exposed to high heat: this phenomenon is called decarboxylation and also occurs when you smoke cannabis.
CBDA vs CBD: the differences
To understand the differences between CBD and CBDA it is necessary to realize that CBDA is an acid form of CBD, which is a neutral form. This neutral aspect gives it more admissible properties, less negative effects, and also less power.
On the other hand, the acid form, the CBDA has more powerful effects with equal dose, and acts more quickly on the body, and can have an action in the long term.
CBDA is known to have a stronger relaxing effect and works effectively against nausea and vomiting. It is sometimes taken to counteract the side effects of certain treatments and medications.
Nevertheless, research is much less advanced on CBDA than on CBD. It is, therefore, necessary to have a very cautious approach to CBDA which can have strong effects on some people.
What is the research on CBDA?
In spite of its inactive principle from the psychotropic point of view, it was shown that CBDA had effective effects against vomiting and nausea.
It is a study in the laboratory, realized in 2013 on animals which could put these effects in evidence.
Moreover, some research carried out in 2017 in the United States was able to highlight that CBDA had more effectiveness than THC to fight against inflammation and soothe the consequences.
On the other hand, to date, studies carried out within the framework of the research for cancer, could not conclude with a positive effect of CBDA. It seems that the effectiveness of CBDA to prevent the migration of cancer cells is being studied with positive prospects, but for the moment the conclusions of this research have not been published.
CBD and CBDA oils
On the market today, most cannabis oils and products offered generally contain CBD. Nevertheless, it is sometimes possible that some products may contain CBDA. This is often due to the method used for extraction.
If the raw materials were heated to extract the oil, then it contains much more CBD than CBDA. On the other hand, cold extraction leaves a much higher proportion of CBDA.
In general, it is the CBD that was legalized from the point of view of consumption. It is its use that is framed with a regulation that applies to hemp-based products. In each of the texts, it is only mentioned CBD and not CBDA.
This lack of clarity maintains a bit of confusion but most stores communicate only on CBD and the rate of CBD in the marketed products, whether it is oil, flowers or herbal teas.
Cbd and Saliva Test: All You Need to Know
Many people ask themselves the following question: can one be positive to the salivary test of detection of narcotics of the gendarmerie with CBD? This is a legitimate concern, but most users should be reassured. Saliva tests do not detect CBD but focus on other substances. By consuming exclusively CBD purchased in an official setting, there is no risk of being found positive in a saliva test conducted by law enforcement.
What do saliva tests look for?
For several years, police services in the USA have had drug testing kits at their disposal. They are used in the framework of traditional roadside checks, but also sometimes after an accident or an offense. In the case of serious accidents, they are complemented by blood tests.
The interest of saliva tests is to be quick and easy to use. They are designed to detect 4 groups of drugs:
Cannabis (THC): it can be detected 6 to 10 hours after occasional use and between 24 hours and 8 days in cases of regular use.
- Amphetamines: can be detected up to 40 to 60 hours after use.
- Cocaine and crack: they are detectable 24 to 48 hours after their use.
- Opiates (heroin): this product is detectable by salivary test between 36 to 48 hours after its absorption.
The salivary tests carried out by the forces of order aim of course at lowering the dangerous behaviors of certain users who drive under the influence of drugs.
Is CBD detected in saliva tests?
Cannabidiol or CBD is sold freely in all its forms. It is consumed in the form of CBD flower that can be smoked or infused, in the form of CBD oil, CBD cream or CBD e-liquids for electronic cigarettes.
Since CBD is an authorized substance, it is not searched for in the police’s saliva tests. The substance associated with cannabis that is looked for is THCa, an acid close to THC that accumulates as a residue in the mouth of consumers. Its presence can persist up to 6 hours after consumption. It is proof of the consumption of cannabis because it contains high levels of THC.
The CBD products which are marketed in France like ours respect the legislation: they must have a maximum rate of 0.2% of THC. This very low rate can not lead to a positive test after a saliva test.
Differences in effects between CBD and THC
Unlike THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD (Cannabidiol) is not prohibited in France. It is not a psychoactive product, and it does not modify the motor and cognitive capacities of its consumer. It does not pose any danger for driving.
It is necessary however to remain vigilant as for possible drowsiness which can be due in certain people to the relaxing effect of the CBD.
On the other hand, THC has negative effects for driving. It causes loss of memory, even absences. It modifies the perception of things (distances, speeds, relief) and reduces the capacities of motor skills (movements, reflexes, precision). It goes without saying that driving after taking THC is reprehensible and can lead to heavy penalties.
Which CBD products should be consumed to respect the THC level?
CBD marketed in an official way, as at Remedies, must respect the legal limit of 0.2% of THC. It is up to the brands to make a transparent commitment to the consumer. In particular, they must do everything possible to carry out laboratory measurements to ensure the compliance of their products.
It is thus by obtaining CBD in this way that a consumer will be reassured and will be quiet in the event of the control. It is however necessary to be sure to consume only CBD and to take care not to consume other illegal substances, even with a significant delay.
Of the CBD products, all of them must meet the maximum legal limit and none of them should present any risks. Nevertheless, it is recognized that hemp flowers have a fairly high concentration of CBD. It is thus necessary to measure their consumption in order not to cross the legal thresholds of THC even if normally, it is almost impossible.