CBD and THC are the big stars of Hemp. However, lesser-known cannabinoids like CBCA and other Hemp compounds should not be underestimated. Industrial Hemp is brimming with hundreds of cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, minerals, and vitamins.
While research has focused on the most abundant cannabinoids, namely CBD and THC, researchers are also studying these other compounds. Learning about them is crucial because it could give us valuable insight into how Hemp may improve our lives and benefit our wellness.
While there is little research into CBCA, there is increasing interest: CBCA displays antibacterial properties and could be a helpful pain-relieving compound.
What is CBCA?
Among the over 110 cannabinoids found in Hemp, you will find CBCA. CBCA (Cannabichromenic Acid) is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in Hemp. CBCA is the acidic version of CBC. CBGA (Cannabigerolic Acid), the sole intermediate for all other phytocannabinoids, is cyclized by the enzyme CBCA synthase to form CBCA. When CBCA degrades through heat and sunlight, it produces CBC.
The reason that CBCA is non-psychoactive is that it does not bind to the CB1 receptors located in the brain.
How the Human Endocannabinoid System Works
The human endocannabinoid system (ECS) works to keep our body in harmony and preserve our homeostasis—the body’s natural balance. Among others, our ECS is responsible for regulating our mood, appetite, motor perception, inflammatory reactions, pain perception, temperature perception, memory, and reproduction.
When one of these areas is out of sync, our ECS releases cannabinoids to address the problem. Our bodies are equipped with two cannabinoids: anandamide and 2-AG. Anandamide binds to the CB1 receptors, which are mainly found in the brain. 2-AG binds to the CB2 receptors, which are located primarily in the immune system.
CBD closely resembles 2-AG and binds to CB2 receptors, while THC has a close resemblance to anandamide and binds with CB1 receptors.
Like CBD, CBCA binds to CB2 receptors. This is why it is not psychoactive and why researchers theorized that it may possess anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties.
Research into CBCA
There is little research into CBCA because it quickly degrades into CBC in its natural state. As the Hemp plant matures, heat and UV rays turn CBCA into CBC. The same happens with CBDA, which turns into CBD, and THCA, which becomes THC.
It is difficult for researchers to study the precursors of CBD and THC simply because they are so fragile and ephemeral.
What Do We Know about CBCA?
Most of the research has been done on CBC, therefore we are largely making assumptions about CBCA, which is the precursor of CBC. The theory is that, by being so closely related, CBCA and CBC may display similar properties.
As a rule, it seems that the acidic precursors of cannabinoids often possess stronger properties. For example, studies suggest that CBDA is a more potent anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea compound than CBD.
If this is also the case with CBCA, then it may be a more potent version of CBC. Since CBC is studied for its possible antimicrobial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties, it is hoped that CBCA may possess similar potential.
In studies, CBCA appears to have a strong affinity for two receptors: 5-HT1A and TRPV1.
- 5-HT1A is a serotonin receptor: low levels of serotonin have been closely linked with depression and anxiety.
- TRPV1 is a pain receptor.
- By binding to these receptors, CBCA may be a helpful tool in alleviating anxiety, depression, and pain.
Studies also suggest that CBC displays anti-inflammatory qualities, at least on mice. So, researchers theorize that CBCA may possess similar properties.
Also, research performed in 2020 showed that CBCA was a promising antibacterial against Staphylococcus aureus. Bearing in mind that our current antibiotics often have trouble fighting resistant bacteria strains, it would be helpful to develop new powerful and better-performing antibiotics from cannabinoids. CBCA could be an invaluable starting point.
Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil Contains All the Cannabinoids
We strongly believe that people deserve the full potential of Hemp. That’s why we don’t isolate CBD. Instead, we make sure that our products contain all the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids found in Hemp.
Research suggests that when all the cannabinoids work together, they enhance each other’s performance. The whole is more than the sum of the parts, in what is referred to as the entourage effect. Hence, when CBD is taken with CBC, CBN, CBG, CBDV, CBDA, THCV, and the other cannabinoids, its potential is maximized.
Here at Synchronicity, we give you the True Entourage Effect™.
Our proprietary Hemp plants have been chosen for their high CBD content. Officially named CBDRx18 (at least, according to the patent), our Hemp plant is recognized by the NCBI as the gold standard for the cannabis genome sequence.
We inspect our Hemp plants during their growth and pick them at the right time. We then process them with our own gentle infusion method, LipidTrans™. LipidTrans™ avoids the harsh chemicals and solvents used in CO2 or ethanol extraction. Instead, we infuse our Whole-Plant Hemp into coconut oil.
This process ensures the purity and potency of our products. We respect nature and, in return, she rewards us handsomely with Hemp’s botanical wholesomeness.
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