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What is cannabigerolic acid (CBGA)?

Spoiler Alert: If you've already read our guide on CBG, you've probably already heard of CBGA. In this guide, we're going to dive deeper into this unique cannabinoid acid and explain:

  • What is Cannabigerolic Acid (CBGA)?
  • What does CBGA do and how does it work?
  • What is the difference between CBG and CBGA?
  • Where can you find CBGA?

What is Cannabigerolic Acid?

CBGA, or Cannabigerolic Acid, is often referred to as the "mother cannabinoid," and for a good reason. CBGA is the building block for cannabinoids such as:

  • THCA
  • CBDA
  • CBCA
  • CBG

And why, you might ask, are some of these cannabinoids important? THCA and CBDA, once decarboxylated, turn into the two most well-known cannabinoids: THC and CBD. CBGA also plays a crucial role in the cannabis plant by helping push resources into the flower of the plant. In this regard, CBGA supports programmed cell death in the leaves of the plant. This process maximizes the plant's energy to produce both resin and seeds.

What does CBGA do and how does it work?

What is CBGA?

As with many cannabinoids, the determination of what CBGA does and how it works is still up in the air. Researchers are just beginning to explore cannabinoids, how they work within the human body, and how they can aid the endocannabinoid system in maintaining homeostasis.

We can be fairly sure that CBGA is another cannabinoid that contributes to the entourage effect - although this heavily depends on how you consume CBGA. (Remember, when you heat cannabis, CBGA decarboxylates, and it turns into a different kind of cannabinoid.)

Additionally, there are some animal studies showing that CBGA has impacts on the gut, metabolism, and nerve cells. However, more work needs to be done to truly understand CBGA.

Where can you find CBGA?

CBGA can be found in a variety of products, including concentrates, isolates, and tinctures. There are also a selection of full-spectrum products available that contain CBGA. However, it will be nearly impossible to truly know if the effect is coming from CBGA or if it's all part of the entourage effect of all the cannabinoids working together within the body.