Is Raw CBD better than Activated CBD? I’ve been asked this question too many times to count. There are important differences between the Raw and Activated/Decarboxylated cannabinoids that will affect the effect it has on your body.
For starters, Raw cannabinoids (CBD) are known as CBDA. When CBDA has been activated or decarboxylated it means that it has been heated up slowly over time and therefore the A (Acid) burns off, leaving you with CBD only. The plant material and vitamins also burn off in this process similar to what happens when you cook vegetables.
CBD and CBDA are similar in one regard in that they both work through the 5HT-1A receptors but CBDA appears to be a much stronger cannabinoid than CBD alone.
Raw cannabinoids also block COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes that control inflammation and the pain that comes from inflammation. This is promising because inflammation is the underlying cause of a lot of illnesses.
Recent research from Dr. Raphael Mechoulam — the Israeli cannabis researcher who was credited for discovering tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD) and the Endocannabinoid System – reveals many new benefits of CBDA. For one, CBDA is 1000 times more potent than CBD. He refers to CBDA as an unstable molecule due to the fact that when exposed to heat, it will convert to CBD, but the benefits to the body far surpass those of CBD alone.
Many people believe CBD needs to be activated/heated/decarboxylated to work but this is simply not so. THC, on the other hand, must be heated up in order to produce the intoxicating effects of the molecule.
All 101 CBD products contain over 77% CBDA. We do not offer CBD isolate, which we believe has very limited health benefits.