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What is THCa, and what benefits does it have?

The entourage effects are a controversial topic. We understand that you already know the intricacies of THC and CBD. Endocannabinoid systems? There’s nothing to worry about. Now we are going to put a wrench into that by adding another compound. Get more info?

The cannabis plant produces over 100 different types of cannabinoids. They all have a role to play in the effects you will feel from smoking, vaping and using edibles or topical treatments. THCA may be a hidden component in the cannabis plant. It’s important to learn about this compound.

What is THCA?

THCA is the acidic form of THC, full name: tetrahydrocannabinolic acid. The terpenes in a cannabis flower and plant begin to increase as the buds mature. CBGA will be the first cannabinoid to develop in the cannabis plant. This cannabinoid is also called ” the mother of cannabinoids ” because, over time, it will break down into primary cannabinoids such as THCA and CBDA.

THCA cannot be intoxicated if ingested. The chemical structure of THCA has an extra molecular carbonyl ring that prevents the drug from binding with brain receptors responsible for feeling high.

Without THCA there would be no THC, and therefore, none of the health benefits associated with it.

If THCA is heated by smoking, dabbing, cooking or vaping it, then the cannabinoid THC will form.

THC vs. THCA

The most important difference between THCA & THC is the fact that THCA has no intoxicating properties. THCA is heated through smoking or vaping. It can also be cooked for edibles. This process alters THCA’s molecular structure by removing a carboxyl ring. The THC is then able to attach itself to CB1-receptors within our body.

THCA’s and THC’s effects are similar in certain areas. Although both can be used to combat nausea THCA has shown more potential in addressing the inflammation. THCA may not be as effective at promoting sleep for many people because it is non-intoxicating. THCA is a good alternative to THC in treating seizure disorders.

Does a high level of THCA (or THC) make it better?

To ensure compliance, all states offering a medical marijuana or recreational program will require that cannabis products and their operators be tested at an independent lab. THCA levels and THC will let you know how strong a product can be and what you should expect.

Although it might seem that a higher THC is what you desire, heating the THC will burn some cannabinoids away and you’ll want more.