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What is Cannabicyclolic Acid (CBLA)?

CBLA molecule

In our mission to discuss cannabinoids, we have to talk about cannabicyclolic acid or CBLA. This little cannabinoid (which actually isn’t an original cannabinoid) is a bit of a mystery, but in this guide, we’ll discuss:

  • What is CBLA? 
  • Where is CBLA found?
  • What’s the difference between CBD and CBLA?
  • Where can you find CBLA?


What is CBLA?

CBLA is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis, but it’s not considered an original cannabinoid because it isn’t present in living cannabis plants. It’s original form is cannabichromenic acid (CBCA), meaning CBLA occurs when CBCA has been exposed to environmental changes like exposure to different types of light.

CBLA was first isolated in 1972 by researchers Shoyama, Oku, and Yamauchi, who classified it as an artificial product due to its need for UV light or heat along with the breakdown of CBCA to exist. Since its discovery, however, very little has been researched about this compound.

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Where is CBLA Found?

CBLA is found in cannabis that has been harvested early and then stored. With enough environmental factors coming into play, like light, heat and time, CBLA can be found in just about any kind of cannabis in minuscule amounts.

What’s the Difference Between CBD and CBLA?

Because CBD or cannabidiol is one of the primary cannabinoids found in cannabis, it is much easier to harvest and study than CBLA.

Additionally, CBD is also widely marketed. CBLA occurs in such small amounts and in specific situations, that it isn’t even marketed in full-spectrum products. These factors, among others, make CBD and CBLA vastly different from one another.

Where Can You Find CBLA?

Because of how rare this compound is, it’s not easy to find, and that means there are no products available that expressly contain it. It’s possible, if you purchase flower, to find trace or minute amounts of CBLA in it, but the likelihood of you knowing you just consumed CBLA is slim to none. Interestingly, CBLA is also resistant to decarboxylation, so while there is very little CBLA, there will also be very little CBL (the compound created when CBLA is exposed to heat). 

While we may not know much about CBLA now, research continues on all different compounds and molecules in cannabis, so it stands to reason that we may come to know more in the future. If you have questions about cannabinoids, terpenes, or marijuana products or if you’re just new to cannabis, visit us at one of our locations. Our cannabis experts are available to help you find the right cannabis and cannabis tools for you.

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