Overview of THCA
You’ve likely heard a lot about THC, but THCA, also called tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, is another compound that is being researched for its health potential. Both cannabinoids have very similar properties, but THCA is non-intoxicating. Found in live, raw cannabis, this chemical converts to THC as it is heated through decarboxylation
Decarboxylation typically happens when the compound is vaped or smoked. It also happens naturally as the cannabis dries. For the most part, consumers don’t think a whole lot about this compound since once it is converted to THC it becomes psychoactive anyhow.
However, there are some beneficial properties of THCA when it remains in its raw form
Research is still in the early stages when it comes to THCA. So, it’s hard to define exactly what it may help with, but some researchers have begun to compile evidence that suggests it will likely play a role in the future of medical cannabis. Some of the potential benefits include:
- Treating arthritis and lupus due to its potent anti-inflammatory effects
- Helping with neurodegenerative diseases
- Treating nausea and lack of appetite
- Potentially treating certain types of cancers
As more funded research takes place, we will start to learn much more about the potential benefits of all the cannabinoids found in cannabis. THCA is just one of many naturally occurring chemicals being studied that could revolutionize the health industry.
If you are interested in trying THCA, you should know that freshly harvested plants are the most common source, and juicing is the most popular option to reap its benefits.
There are even some products on the market containing the compound and we will likely see a lot more about this incredible cannabinoid over time.