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Cannabinoid Acids – What are they and what are the health benefits of using them?

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Simply explained, cannabinoid acids are precursors to the cannabinoids we all know and love, like THC and CBD. They are found on the stems, leaves and flowers of certain strains of raw cannabis before any type of heat application or processing takes place.

In fresh buds, most cannabinoids are present in the form of plant acids. Heat will break down these acids, causing them to lose their carboxyl group and become regular cannabinoids (for example: THCA to THC, or CBDA to CBD). This process is aptly known as decarboxylation, but we’ll get more in depth on that later. Until now, the focal point of most cannabis research has been centered around activated cannabinoids, rather than the raw acidic forms. As the industry continues to grow and develop, more emphasis is placed on the importance of minor cannabinoids, cannabinoid acids, terpenes, and other lesser-known cannabis compounds.

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What are cannabinoid acids?

Cannabis doesn’t create cannabinoids in the way we are familiar with them. Instead, it synthesizes several different cannabinoid acids; eight that we know of, to be specific. In order to become cannabinoids, these acids must be activated – or decarboxylated – using heat, light, and oxygen exposure. Above we briefly mentioned THCA and CBDA, but let’s quickly go over all of the known cannabinoid acids:

CBGA (Cannabigerolic acid, becomes cannabigerol)THCA (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, becomes tetrahydrocannabinol)CBDA (Cannabidiolic acid, becomes cannabidiol)CBCA (Cannabichromenenic acid, becomes cannabichromene)CBGVA (Cannabigerovarinic acid, becomes cannabigerovarin)THCVA (Tetrahydrocanabivarinic acid, becomes tetrahydrocannabivarin)CBDVA (Cannabidivarinic acid, becomes cannabidivarin)CBCVA (Cannabichromevarinic acid, becomes cannabichromevarin)

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