Does hemp prevent coronavirus?
(1 answer) by Yin Yang Infusions
What is CBDa and CBGa?
It is important to know that this study does not certify that all CBD products and compounds can or will prevent covid from entering human cells, in fact most CBD products are irrelevant to this study. The study specifically researches two rare acidic hemp cannabinoids, CBDa and CBGa, which are precursor compounds to the better known CBD and CBG molecules. All cannabinoids start in the cannabis plant as cannabigerolic acid (CBGa), meaning that THC, CBG, CBD, CBN, and all cannabinoids come from CBGa. For this reason, CBGa is often referred to as the mother of all cannabinoids. CBGa is present in the trichomes and biomass of the plant, and as the plant matures and develops, the CBGa converts into CBDa, THCa, and a small amount stays as CBGa. The less psychoactive cannabis plant “hemp” has been bread to produce high levels of CBGa, and CBDa, and lower level of THCa compared to its psychoactive counterparts cannabis indica, sativa, and ruderalis.
Acidic cannabinoids are rare to find in hemp products, because they are generally viewed as less valuable than their activated counterparts. THCa is a great example because in the acidic form, THCa has little to no psychoactive effects whereas its’ activated derivative THC is incredibly psychoactive. The same can be said for CBD and CBG in terms of providing mental and physical relief, they are more potent and effective activated than in the acidic form. The reason why cannabis is generally smoked for its effects rather than consumed raw is because the heat from smoking the herbs activates the cannabinoids (CBGa, CBDa, and THCa) quickly converting them into the activated forms (CBG, CBD, and THC) so the body can receive maximum benefits. The same principal is applied to the process of making edibles, the hemp or cannabis is heated to decarboxylate or activate the hemp cannabinoids to increase their perceived value in the mind and body.