Stress is something most of us know too well, and many see stress as a common part of life that they must learn to live with. But did you know that unmanaged long-term stress can lead to an array of health problems including sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, weight gain, hair loss, and increased cardiovascular events?
It can be difficult to avoid the stress that comes with daily life. However, there are ways we can manage how we react to stress, as well as natural tools to help us relieve the anxiety and tension that accompanies it.
CBDA is an acidic cannabinoid that has shown great potential in research studies to help individuals do just that. Keep reading to learn how CBDA can possibly help you during stressful times.
What is CBDA?
CBDA is an acidic cannabinoid that can be found in both hemp and cannabis plants, though is most prominent in hemp plants. CBDA is closely related to the popular cannabinoid CBD, though they are not the same. CBDA is the precursor to CBD, meaning when CBDA is decarboxylated, or exposed to heat, it converts to CBD. On its own, it provides a wide range of benefits, including reducing inflammation and combating nausea.
CBDA is not psychoactive, so it will not produce a “high” feeling to those who consume it. Instead, it leaves users feeling clear-headed and focused.
How does CBDA reduce anxiety and stress?
Research has found CBDA activates the 5-HT1A or serotonin receptor. Activation of the receptor is an important component in helping those with anxiety disorders and helps to modulate the body’s response to stressful stimuli. There have been numerous studies done demonstrating CBDA’s anti-anxiety effects, as well as comparing CBDA to CBD for this use.
When compared to CBD, CBDA delivers anti-anxiety and stress-relieving effects on doses much lower than that of CBD. In fact, one study found CBDA had anti-anxiety effects on mice with doses 10,000 times lower than CBD.
This suggests individuals will need much less CBDA to feel the desired benefits. Additionally, CBDA is 19x more bioavailable than CBD. This means we can absorb more CBDA than CBD when an equivalent amount is administered. Thus, making it more potent for a variety of uses, including reducing stress.
There are many pharmaceutical medications available for combating anxiety and stress. However, they can often come with many unwanted side effects, such as memory loss, dizziness, and depression. CBDA is a plant-derived therapeutic option that does not come with any side effects and has shown great potential through research.
With an estimated 40 million adults in the United States having an anxiety disorder, it is prominent more clinical trials are conducted to explore CBDA as a therapeutic people can depend on in the future.
What products have CBDA in them?
CBDA is gaining popularity and with that comes more products for consumers to enjoy. CBDA can be found in a variety of orally ingested options, such as tinctures, drinks, and edibles. You can also find this acidic cannabinoid in a range of topicals. It is important to note that though some companies advertise their hemp flower as “CBDA rich,” the moment it is heated to smoke, it converts to CBD. If you are looking to gain the benefits of CBDA, hemp smokables are not the way to go.
Stress can be overwhelming, and having tools in our box to help us through high times of stress is a must. CBDA can be a great addition to one’s health and wellness routine to naturally help reduce stress and anxiety.
Always consult a healthcare professional prior to adding health and wellness products into your routine.