CBDa and CBD for Beginners

Posted on May 17th, 2023

You’ve probably heard of CBD, be it on your TV, in a magazine, or from your friends raving about its benefits. CBD has become popular over recent years, with people raving about its potential effects for their wellness journies.

But have your heard about CBDa? This is another hemp-extracted compound that we’re in love with at Tanasi. In fact, after our research revealed that combining CBD and CBDa in a 1:1 formulation delivers 2X the effects, we decided to infuse that power duo into every one of our hemp-extracted supplements!

Are you wondering whether you should start using CBD? Or if you should level up and try CBD with CBDa?  Then you have come to the right place! The below guide is all about CBDa and CBD for beginners, where all the questions you have will be answered, so you can decide if these supplements are right for you. Read on to find out more: 

What Is CBD?

CBD, which stands for Cannabidiol, is a compound that is found in the cannabis plant. It is one of more than 100 cannabinoids in the plant, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Now, THC and CBD are the most commonly known cannabinoids, but while they share some common features, there’s one important difference: THC will give you a euphoric high. CBD can’t deliver a psychoactive reaction.

How Does CBD Work?

CBD is a bioactive compound. That means you may notice effects in your body when you ingest or apply this supplement topically. Each individual has a unique experience with CBD. And that’s why we say you have to try it for yourself to see what yours will be! 

The Benefits of CBD

It’s Plant Based

Unlike many supplements, hemp-extracted CBD is a plant-based product. While some extraction or growing methods could introduce heavy metals into your product, we source Tanasi CBD + CBDa from organic hemp grown in the USA. Then, we share a unique certificate of analysis for every product, so you can see for yourself that the only things inside are plant-based goodness. (Plus the occasional carrier oil, such as MCT oil, also typically derived from plants.)

It Carries Few Side Effects

While CBD can interact with certain medications, especially ones with grapefruit warnings, this supplement is generally safe for use. If you take a very high dose, you may experience mild symptoms such as dizziness or stomach upset, but these will remain temporary. 

What is CBDa?

CBDa is the acidic precursor to CBD. It forms in small quantities in hemp plants, and usually converts to CBD as the plant continues to develop. Because CBDa is hard to harvest, there isn’t much of this compound in most commercial CBD supplements. Here at Tanasi, though, we include combine CBD and CBDa in all our hemp-based products. so that each compound amplifies the other. Want a better understanding of how this combination works? Check out our  1:1 formulation of CBD and CBDa in our patent application.

Types of CBD Oil Extracts with CBDa

CBD Oil is usually made by extracting CBD from the hemp plant and diluting it with a carrier oil such as coconut oil. There are three types of CBD oils:  Full Spectrum CBD, CBD Isolate, and Broad Spectrum CBD. But here at Tanasi, we only carry full spectrum and broad spectrum products, so those are the forms we’ll focus on today. 

Full Spectrum CBD

This usually contains less than 0.3% percent THC; hence, it is non-psychoactive. In addition to CBD, a full-spectrum product will include other useful cannabinoids, as well as other plant contents including fiber, proteins, fatty acids, and terpenes.

Broad Spectrum CBD 

Broad spectrum CBD preserves multiple cannabinoids that are naturally found in the hemp plant. However, it does not contain THC. This is perfect for people who want to enjoy the benefits of full spectrum CBD, but without any traces of THC. It is especially popular with athletes who need to pass their drug tests without fear of any complications. 

How to Take CBD

The great thing about CBD is that it comes in a variety of forms such as capsules, tinctures, gummies, lotions, creams, and salves. There are even CBD-infused coffees and drink concentrates. Each form of CBD has its own unique advantages.

CBD Tinctures

A tincture is the substance that you get when CBD is concentrated into a liquid, mixed with carrier oils to help deliver cannabinoids to your bloodstream. You ingest a CBD tincture by putting the solution under your tongue, so your dose enters your bloodstream directly through your capillaries. Thanks to the fast absorption rate, your CBD tincture dose will take effect in around 15 minutes.


Nothing is as easy as taking your daily dose of multivitamins or supplements with your CBD capsules. This is the most convenient way to consume CBD, as it is efficient, tasteless, and odorless. Also, with a capsule, you get the exact same dose every time, so you don’t need to worry about taking measurements. However, dosing with a CBD capsule extends your wait time to experience effects: typically, your CBD capsule will start to work between one to two hours after ingestion, since it will need to pass through the digestive tract and liver first (both of which will reduce its concentration.)

Lotions and Salves

When you topically apply CBD, suggested effects include pain and inflammation relief, so these forms of CBD are a great choice if you have muscle and joint pain. They are also used for skin repair. Many people love topical forms of CBD because they can be mixed with essential oils or high-quality beauty creams to deliver additional benefits.

Things to Look for When Buying CBD

Third-Party Testing

It is essential to know what you are buying when shopping for CBD. One of the ways to do this is to ensure that any product you purchase comes with a third-party tested certificate of analysis. This means that a lab has verified that the product contains what the packaging says is included.


You should buy CBD from a company that is transparent about its products. They should be able to provide you with a full list of ingredients, and the option to ask additional questions. Without transparency, you have no way to guarantee that your CBD product will be safe and effective. 

Read Labels

It is crucial to know what you are buying by checking the label. This will also help you see if you are purchasing a full spectrum, broad-spectrum, or CBD isolate. Also, you will be able to know if your product contains any THC.

When you buy CBD, you should work with a trusted and reputable company. And, with the information we just shared, you should be able to identify reputable CBD sellers, as well as the form of CBD which is best for you. Ready to dive into the world of CBD? Browse our selection of high-quality, full-spectrum cannabidiol products in our online CBD store

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