When we think of cannabinoids, we commonly think of neutral forms like CBD and CBG. However, lately, there is some scientific data available also on acidic forms, which are shown to have several positive impacts on the human body. Did you already hear about CBGA and CBDA?
Biosynthesis of cannabinoids
In fresh hemp, we can mostly find acidic forms of cannabinoids. Acidic forms are precursors of neutral forms, which means that neutral forms are formed from acidic forms. This process is called oxidation and occurs naturally. It can be fastened up by exposing hemp to heat and/or light.
CBGA is also known as the “mother molecule,” and all other cannabinoids are formed out of it. CBDA is synthesized from CBGA by an enzyme CBDA synthase. CBDA can further oxidize. When the process of oxidation happens, we get CBD. But not all CBGA is converted to other cannabinoids by enzymes. Sometimes oxidation process occurs to CBGA as well. In this case, we get CBG.