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.