What is CBDa?
CBD (cannabidiol) is an element derived from the hemp plant and is in a family of elements called cannabinoids. CBD in raw form, in the LIVE hemp plant, is called CBDa which stands for Cannabidiolic acid. You could say that CBDa is the precursor to CBD.
In the live hemp plant, there is actually no CBD. Before processing, CBD exists as Cannabidiolic acid (CBDa) and when the hemp plant is harvested, dried out, and exposed to heat the CBDa converts to a non-acid element that we know as CBD.
If you ate or consumed a live hemp plant, you would get CBDa and no CBD.