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CBNA (Cannabinolic Acid)

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

What is CBNA?

CBNA, or cannabinolic acid, is the cannabinoid precursor to the more well-known CBN. It’s derived from THC when exposed to light and heat and continued exposure results in the cannabinoid converting into CBN. CBNA is not a heavily researched cannabinoid, but studies that have been conducted have shown some promising results.

Potential medical benefits of CBNA are comparable to, if not better than, the potential medical benefits of CBN. It also does not have any psychoactive effects, unlike its precursor THC, which means that a wider range of people can enjoy CBNA’s various potential medical benefits.

Chemical Makeup

CBNA is a THC derivative created through the process of oxidation. Exposure to light and heat over extended periods of time breaks down the chemical composition of THC, converting it into THCA, which then becomes CBNA through further oxidation.

Increased levels of CBNA and CBN are present in aged cannabis because of this slowly-occurring process.

CBNA Effects

CBNA is non-psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t produce the “high” associated with some other cannabinoids. It’s associated with a range of potential supportive qualities, such as promoting a healthy microbial balance, potentially supporting appetite, and possibly aiding in comfort.

There’s interest in CBNA’s potential role in supporting cellular health, especially given some preliminary findings. Some studies have explored the interaction of CBNA and other cannabinoids with cells, but it’s essential to note that research is ongoing, and more comprehensive studies are needed to fully understand CBNA’s potential benefits.