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Cannabichromenic Acid (CBCA)

CBCA (Cannabichromenic Acid)

CBCA (cannabichromenic acid) cannabinoid

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

Again, research into cannabichromenic acid has been minimal thus far, but the research that does exist suggests that its effects are similar to those of CBC. That means it's non-psychoactive, so it won’t get you high, but it should offer a variety of potential medical benefits. 

Those benefits include pain relief, anti-inflammatory properties, antidepressant properties, and anti-cancer properties. CBCA may also promote neurogenesis or the growth of healthy brain cells.  

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