Raw CBD vs Activated CBD – Which is Best For You?

Raw CBD vs Activated CBD – Which is Best For You?

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 CBD 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.

Individuals suffering from autism, ALS, fibromyalgia, neurologic pain and multiple sclerosis have reported a significant decrease in their symptoms after they added Raw cannabinoids to their treatment regimen. This improvement occurred within days to weeks and when the individual stopped taking the Raw CBD, symptoms promptly returned.

Raw and Activated cannabinoids tend to ease different ailments in the body. Activated cannabinoids are usually better for immediate relieve of acute pain, nausea, and appetite. Raw cannabinoids tend to be more effective for long-term treatment of chronic conditions like insomnia, inflammation and slowing down cancer. This is because Raw and Active cannabinoids interact with different receptors and enzymes in the human body.

Both the Raw and Activated cannabinoids are proving to help fight cancer, though one study says Activated CBD is better at fighting breast cancer, specifically.

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 to control inflammation and the pain that comes from inflammation. This is promising because inflammation is the underlying cause of a lot of illnesses.

Either way, cannabinoids are powerful compounds; both raw and activated have great potential, so let’s hope research continues to investigate their beneficial uses.

101CBD.org offers all of our oils in Raw cannabinoids (CBDA) which contains 60% CBDA and 40% CBD so you get the best of both Raw and Activated CBD. We also offer just Activated CBD if you are looking to treat acute pain, addiction, nausea, appetite or breast cancer. We do not offer CBD isolate, which we believe has very limited health benefits.

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3 thoughts on “Raw CBD vs Activated CBD – Which is Best For You?”

  • Ok, i get conflicting information out there: first that is most prevalent is that you need to decarboxylate cbda and thca to have maximum effect. now you are telling me that raw or cbda works better than cbd! could give a rats butt on thca but same question?

    friend just told me that you get better affect of cbd with some thc in there. is this true.

    finally, do you have publicatioins that support your statement about raw or carboxylated cbd being as good as cbd?


    • Hi Donald, Thanks for your comment! Yes, there is a lot of conflicting information out there. For THC, it is necessary to heat up/decarboxylate the THC to activate it. For CBD, that is not the case. Decarboxylating CBD will isolate the CBD, burning off the valuable CBDa that adds so much healing power to our full-spectrum CBD products. Check out this article for more information – https://101cbd.org/2017/12/19/raw-cbd-vs-activated-cbd-which-is-best-for-you/

      As our CBD products are CO2 extracted, there is a trace amount of THC present (under the required .03%). It must be present in order for it to be a true “full- spectrum” product. If you see “THC Free” then you’re looking at an isolate product (which we don’t carry). We believe in full-spectrum because of the “entourage effect” of maintaining multiple cannabis compounds and allowing them to work together to help heal. You can find more information here regarding this here – https://101cbd.org/2018/08/22/the-difference-between-full-spectrum-cbd-and-cbd-isolate/

      When you think about raw CBD you can compare it to veggies – when you cook broccoli, for instance, you will cook off some of the vital nutrients in the process. A raw piece of broccoli has much more vitamins and nutrients than a cooked one. It’s the same with CBD. Please see our Cannabinoid Profile to see the ailments that CBDa treats here – https://101cbd.org/2018/03/13/101-cbd-cannabinoid-profile/.

      Please let us know if you have further questions. Thanks!

      • great information. I use CBD whole plant full spectrum . Totally agree with your research and analysis. Ive experimented with several different CBD products. I suffer from arthritis and mild depression and anxiety. I’ts my medicine of choice.
        I am placing an order today of your full spectrum raw CBD. Im very interested in your product line . please contact me regarding a possible CBD start up buissness.

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