THCA is the acidic form of THC, full name: tetrahydrocannabinolic acid. As a cannabis plant matures and its buds grow, its terpene and cannabinoid content begin to develop. When THCA is exposed to heat (smoking, vaping, dabbing, or cooking), it converts into the intoxicating, cannabinoid THC.
THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid) is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid that is found in raw cannabis plants. It is the precursor to THC, the cannabinoid that is responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis. Although THCA does not produce a “high” on its own, it is believed to have a range of potential therapeutic benefits.
Some of the potential health benefits of THCA include:
Anti-inflammatory properties: THCA has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects, which may help to reduce pain and swelling in the body.
Neuroprotective effects: THCA has been shown to have neuroprotective effects, which means it may help to protect the brain from damage caused by injury, disease, or aging.
Antiemetic effects: THCA has been shown to have antiemetic effects, which means it may help to reduce nausea and vomiting in patients undergoing chemotherapy or experiencing other medical conditions that cause these symptoms.
Appetite stimulation: THCA may help to stimulate appetite in patients who are experiencing loss of appetite due to illness or medical treatments.
Antioxidant properties: THCA has been shown to have antioxidant properties, which may help to protect the body from damage caused by free radicals.
It is worth noting that many of these potential benefits have only been studied in preclinical or animal models, and further research is needed to determine the full extent of THCA’s therapeutic potential in humans. Additionally, THCA must be decarboxylated (heated) in order to convert it into THC and activate its psychoactive effects.