THCA is a non-psychoactive form of THC. It has many therapeutic benefits but does not cause the high that THC does. THCA can also be found in cannabis flowers, but it’s usually not until they’ve been decarboxylated (heated) that you actually feel the effects.
What is THCA?
THCA is a non-intoxicating form of THC, the main psychoactive component in cannabis. In layman’s terms, THCA is the precursor to THC and can be found in raw cannabis plants before they are heated or dried. This means that if you buy your bud from a dispensary or grower, it will likely have some THCA present–but not enough to get you high!
THC does not occur naturally; instead, it’s created when heat is applied to its precursor compound (cannabidiolic acid). That’s why most people prefer eating raw edibles over smoking them–it takes less time for the chemical transformation from one form into another to happen at lower temperatures than those required for combustion (smoking).
The Healing Benefits of THCA
THCA is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, meaning it doesn’t get you high. But that doesn’t mean it can’t help with other conditions. In fact, THCA has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and may be beneficial for those suffering from arthritis or Crohn’s disease. It also has anti-tumor properties that could make it useful in treating cancer patients (though more research needs to be done).
THCA has been found to fight bacterial infections such as MRSA and E. coli and fungi like Candida albicans–all without causing any psychoactive effects!
How to Consume THCA
THCA is not psychoactive, so it won’t get you high. However, it can be consumed in a variety of ways. Raw cannabis flower, dried and ground up into a powder or “kief” form, is a good way to consume THCA. You can also eat raw cannabis leaves directly from the plant if they’re fresh enough that they haven’t been heated yet (which will decarboxylate the THC).
Alternatively, you could use heat to convert THCA into THC before ingesting it–for example, by smoking or vaporizing cannabis flowers or concentrates made from them; cooking with infused oils and fats such as butter or coconut oil; baking with recipes that include cannabis leaves or buds as an ingredient (like brownies); infusing hot chocolate mix packets with raw cannabis flowers; making tea from dried buds steeped in boiling water–the list goes on!
THCA has many therapeutic benefits.
THCA, or tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, is the raw form of THC. It’s found in its natural state in cannabis plants and can be consumed in many ways. THCA has shown many therapeutic benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties, improved sleep quality, and reduced stress levels. There are also studies showing that THCA might have neuroprotective effects against Alzheimer’s disease (1).
We’ve covered a lot of information in this article, so we hope that you now have a better understanding of what THCA is, its benefits, and how you can use it to improve your overall health. If there’s one takeaway we want you to have from all this, though, it’s this: don’t forget about the power of plants! They are an integral part of our lives as human beings, and they deserve our respect and attention if we want them around for generations to come.
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