What is CBDA?

CBDA, or cannabidiolic cannabidiolic acid in full, is a natural, non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in fresh cannabis plants. Structurally, cannabidiolic is similar to cannabidiol (CBD), with the difference being the addition of carboxylic acid to the central ring. CBDA is formed from cannabigerolic through a biosynthetic process that takes place in the plant. When CBDA would then be decarboxylated, the acidic form would be converted into CBD, the neutral form. The cannabidiolic acid molecule is composed of 56 atoms (22 carbon atoms, 30 hydrogen atoms and 4 oxygen atoms), which are connected by 57 atomic bonds. These atomic bonds consist of 27 non-hydrogen bonds.


Hemp generally contains higher levels of CBDA than cannabis varieties, which contain higher concentrations of THCA.