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CBCA (Cannabichromenic Acid)

To learn about other cannabinoids go to our Cannabis Hemp Dictionary page.

What is CBCA?

CBCA, or cannabichromenic acid, is the acid precursor to CBC. It derives from cannabigerolic acid or CBGA. While CBC was discovered by researchers in 1966, it was actually another two years before CBCA was successfully isolated. 

There hasn’t been a lot of research into CBCA yet, and this is partly because most of the CBCA that ever exists within the hemp and cannabis plants is there during the early parts of the seedling stage and it is then quickly converted to CBC. However, the cannabinoid is still believed to offer the same potential medical benefits that CBC does.

Chemical Makeup

Like many other cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, CBCA originates from CBGA, which is sometimes referred to as the mother cannabinoid.

Just as with all other cannabinoids derived from CBGA, CBCA is created when an enzyme interacts with its precursor. Exposure to light and heat over time causes the CBCA to eventually convert into CBC.

CBCA Effects

Research on cannabichromenic acid (CBCA) is still in its early stages, but preliminary findings suggest it might share some qualities with CBC. Like CBC, CBCA is non-psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t produce the “high” associated with some other cannabinoids.

CBCA is associated with a range of potential supportive qualities, such as promoting comfort, supporting a healthy inflammation response, and possibly aiding in mood balance. It’s important to emphasize that any potential attributes of CBCA are speculative based on the known characteristics of CBC.