Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid or simply THCA, is not producing psychedelic effects that are commonly found in fresh and live cannabis. Ingesting cannabis in a raw form is not famous for recreational consumers due to its non-psychoactivity effect. However, medical cannabis users can use THCA for medication by consuming raw cannabis with medicinal benefits like THC without giving a high effect.
What Is THCA?
THCA stands as the acidic forerunner to THC in cannabis. Once the cannabis wilts, the THCa slowly turns into THC. Also, if the THCA exposed to heat and sunlight, it will also turn into THC. The easiest way to convert the THCa into THC is to keep the cannabis plants. Once it cured, it slowly turns into THC.
When THCA changes into THC, it gives psychoactive properties that need by a cannabis plant. THCA is the most important compound found in the raw cannabis plant. It is almost entirely similar to THC, but it consists of one more molecule, which is Carbon Monoxide or Co2.
Effects of the THCA
Early research suggests that THCA might be static because it has not been able to pass the blood-brain barrier to connect the endocannabinoid receptors as CBD and THC do. Since the CBD has anti-inflammatory effects, THCa works in the different living processes.
It can make some exponent claim that THCa has an extreme anti-inflammatory feature. Until the direct methods and action take place, the best to say for now is they are both great in different ways.
Benefits of THCA
Though there is not enough research about the definite benefits in THCa, there is still some evidence that shows THCa plays an important role in cannabis medicine. Like THC, THCa can also boost the appetite and act as a cannabinoid receptor booster that helps to brain protection effects.
THCA has an anti-inflammatory, which helps to fight against cancer, other inflammation, aids, and even those patients who have struggled from getting sleep. It has been used to alleviate common symptoms of cancer.
The following are the potential benefits that THCa offers:
- Anti-inflammatory: One of the popular benefits of THCa is the an-inflammatory properties that help to treat lupus and arthritis.
- Neuroprotectant: It helps to slow the damage to the nervous system and used to treat neurodegenerative diseases.
- Analgesic: It helps to relieve pain, very effective as pain management
- Anti-insomnia: It helps to provide better sleep.
- Anti-emetic: It is used for treatment to reduce nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite.
- Anti-proliferative: It slows down the growth of cancer cells, such as prostate cancer.
- Regulating the Immune System: THCa also improves and potentially overpowered the immune system basis.
Where to Find the THCA?
Each high THC cannabis strain that does yet decarboxylated has the THCa. Their cannabinoid levels are usually high, similar to the freshly harvested cannabis plant. If you purchased a fresh cannabis flower that been tried in the laboratory, you would see that the label may indicate the amount level of THCA.
The THA usually founds in many different products such as tinctures, oils, transdermal patches, and even in balms. If you tend to get the benefits without risking the intoxicating effects of THCA, you may first avoid applying any kind of heat that converts the THca into THC.
There are many different ways to get THCa. The following are the basic and most effective ways to get THCA:
- Purchase Raw Cannabis: Purchased for an uncured dried THC strain in order to get the THCA. As mentioned, uncured cannabis plants contain more THC than the dried plant, but they still hold some to be sure that the dried plants are not yet decarboxylated.
- THCA Crystalline: This method is the most concentrated one that contains almost pure THCA. It has a firm and crystal-like texture that similar when you try to crush the rock salt. THCA Crystalline usually used as an edible that powdered in foods or in capsules before they ingest it.
- Combining Fresh buds with Leaves: Combining or juicing the high THC cannabis either it is fresh or dried. Combining such two is proven to hold more nutrients than juicing them.
- Balms and creams: Many products on the cannabis market have topical creams that used for different skin irritations such as insect bites and rashes. Balms, on the other hand, are used for sore muscles to relieve the pain caused by inflammation.
- Juicing: Juicing the fresh cannabis leaves is the most popular method of consuming the THCa.
You can use THCA and get its medical capabilities even without smoking it. You can trim fresh cannabis buds and juice the plant matter. You can also try some different fresh cannabis smoothie recipes in order to give you the easiest and effective way to consume THCA.
Another method you can try is simply steep the leaves in hot water. This method helps to show the compound to a low temperature, which means it does not convert into THC. You may also try to garnish it in salad dressing.
How the THCA Convert into THC
The process of decarboxylation in the usual temperature amount and curing the cannabis plant it gives. When the parent THCa put through the process of decarboxylation, which process to remove the Co2 using heat, they likely have psychoactive effects of THC when the fresh cannabis plant is baked in flavorful cannabis edible for snacking or inhaling it into a cloud of thick smoke.
Moreover, using curing and drying the cannabis leaves using heat is can also turn the THCa into THC. For instance, when you dry cannabis leaves in a 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit, a large content of Co2 or the main compounds that make the THCA to THC will be lost. The percentage will depend on the period duration with the producers’ procedure to cure upwards up to 2 years in different cases.
THCA contains the anti-inflammatory properties. Also, it is effective in treating nausea than THC. This cannabinoid can be ideal to use by medicinal cannabis patients that cannot bear the high psychoactive effects of THC. THCA is not just related to being able to precursor the cannabis plant, but also it shows a guarantee for having vital good health when being consumed as it is.