Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, more commonly known as THCA, is a cannabinoid that has received quite a lot of attention recently due to its newly discovered therapeutic benefits. If you are a regular cannabis user, there is a good chance you will have heard of THC. You may think that THCA and THC will be quite similar in their effects on the human body, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. The main difference is that THCA is not psychoactive in nature, unlike THC which alters the chemistry of the brain. When the cannabis plant is dried, the THCA converts to THC, and heat can exacerbate this process, which is known as decarboxylation.
Why Does Your Cannabis Decarboxylation?
When you buy cannabis, you will probably notice that the most prevalent cannabinoid is either THC or THCA. The concentrations of both can range between 10-20%, on average, but this will depend on the cannabis strain that you choose. THCA is the correct label for flower that hasn’t gone through the decarboxylation process. But, THC and THCA mean broadly the same thing if you are going to smoke the cannabis. But, in saying that, what are the effects if the THCA isn’t converted to THC?
What are Effects and Benefits of THCA?
Research into THCA’s effects and benefits to the user are still at an early stage, so there is no definitive guide on what exactly the benefits and effects of THCA are. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence however, which suggests that THCA has an important role in helping various conditions and offering benefits such as:
- Anti-inflammatory effects, which is useful in the treatment of arthritis and lupus.
- Useful in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, by providing neuroprotective properties.
- Ideal for use in the treatment of nausea and appetite loss.
- Useful in the treatment of prostate cancer, owing to its anti-proliferative properties.
There are plenty of other areas where cannabis users suggest that THCA can have a positive effect such as in treatment of insomnia, muscle spasms, and chronic pain. Unfortunately, official treatments for these conditions are far away from being launched due to the lack of research.
Where Can I Find THCA?
It is quite easy to find THCA. All you need is a cannabis strain that is high in THC that has not yet been decarboxylated. Levels of THCA will be at their highest when you harvest the cannabis, so make sure you don’t have old cannabis that has been sitting around for a while. Fresh cannabis is starting to become used in cannabis smoothies, and this is a popular way for people to take on the THCA. It is expected that more foodstuffs in the future will make use of raw cannabis.
Your local dispensary may stock such products. All you need to do to track down your nearest dispensary, which can be done by using the cannabis dispensaries near me tool.