The cannabis plant contains a bunch of chemical compounds known as cannabinoids. For the longest time, researchers and users were mainly interested in two compounds – CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) is also a cannabinoid that has captured interest of many cannabis enthusiasts. While THC and THCA may sound similar and do have similarities, but there are differences that cannot be ignored. THC is known to be the only compound that’s psychoactive, while THCA is non-psychoactive. Here are some quick things to know about THCA.
What exactly is THCA?
THCA is not psychoactive as we mentioned, which means that you wouldn’t experience the high as you would with THC. However, when THCA gets decarboxylated with heat, it converts into THC, which is the precise reason why users have found interest in this compound. It is possible to go for a strain that has high THCA and then decarboxylate the same to get the desired high THC effect. This can be done in various ways, such as smoking or cooking. Even vaping can convert THCA into THC.
Things to know
While a lot of research is being done on cannabis in recent years, more is desired when it comes to understanding the medical and recreational effects and advantages of THCA. Some limited evidence suggests that THCA may have a positive impact on some users suffering from seizures, while another study has indicated that the compound may have some anti-inflammatory properties. A breakthrough study, although with limited data, shows that THC may have a role in protecting neurons, while limited research suggests its potential use for prostate cancer.
THCA is found in cannabis naturally in both raw and live form. Some people like to buy cannabis and make a smoothie to get the THCA they want, while others prefer to eat raw cannabis. Concentrates are also a great option for those who do not want to consume raw cannabis or are hesitant about making edibles for THCA benefit alone.
More research and studies are needed to know if THCA can have some medical advantages for patients suffering from certain conditions. However, some strains are known to have more of THCA than others, and many people are trying to harness the potency of this cannabinoid. You can check online for dispensaries in your state that have products containing THCA, particularly concentrates, which are consumed through dabbing using a dab rig.