Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) is a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis plant, specifically in the trichomes of raw, unheated cannabis flowers. It is the precursor to cannabidiol (CBD), one of the most well-known cannabinoids found in cannabis.
CBDA is formed through the biosynthesis of cannabigerolic acid (CBGA), a precursor cannabinoid, which is then converted into CBDA through an enzyme-mediated process known as decarboxylation. Decarboxylation occurs when cannabis is heated, such as during smoking, vaporization, or cooking.
CBDA is non-intoxicating, meaning it does not produce the psychoactive effects associated with THC. However, like other cannabinoids, CBDA interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), although its specific mechanisms of action are still being studied.