Cannabicyclolic acid (CBLA)
What is CBLA?
This rare, non-intoxicating cannabinoid is called cannabicyclolic acid or CBLA. This cannabinoid is also called a photochemical because it is created from UV exposure. When CBCA is exposed to UV light, it degrades and converts to CBLA.
There are very trace amounts of CBLA found in living cannabis or hemp. Because of this, scientists refer to CBLA as an artificial or non-original cannabinoid. However, it is found in stored cannabis or hemp from natural irradiation, further emphasizing how it can be readily synthesized from CBCA.
Discovery of CBLA
CBLA was first discovered in 1972 by Japanese scientists. There is still very little known about this cannabinoid because it naturally occurs in such small amounts. However, we do know that it is one of the more stable cannabinoids and resists decarboxylation when heated. Tiny quantities of CBL are created during the heating process as well. The possible benefits to humans are still not fully understood. Still, there is likely potential for it to have anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety properties, in addition to possible pain relief.
CBLA is increasing in availability from research companies, indicating that more studies and investigations are forthcoming.