What is THCA

Let’s talk THCA

Why THCA is being discussed upon the hemp peers you ask? Well, you’re just not going to get high by eating freshly picked weed. AT ALL. When cannabis is grown and harvested, no matter how potent the plant is. There is next to none of the marijuana’s famous intoxicating cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). There is, however, a wealth of tetrahydrocannabinol acid (THCA), an inactive compound within the living cannabis plant. 

So, if someone ever asks you “what does THC stand for?” don’t confuse the two terms. As they are so much different in both chemical structure and how they work within the human body.

THCA is a cannabinoid that until recently has been mistaken for THC. Though THCA doesn’t get one high and THC does. There is a relation: THCA is just the precursor to the THC effects. THCA must be heated to turn into THC the one that gets you “high”

So why does THC have psychoactive effects and THCA doesn’t? The reason is due to the three-dimensional shape of the THCA molecule. It is much bigger and doesn’t fit in the ECS, specifically the CB1 receptors. The molecule must fit into the CB1 receptor in order to have any intoxicating effects.

This plant produces hundreds of cannabinoids, the chemical compounds that are closely formed just like your bodies own ECS produces. To the therapeutic and psychoactive effects of cannabis. Only a few cannabinoids contribute to the “high” that is unique to the cannabis plant. The most celebrated, researched, and sought after is THC, but CBD is now right behind it. Followed by dozens more.  

THCA is believed to offer an assortment of medicinal benefits and is commonly used as a dietary and topical enhancement for its:

  • Anti-inflammatory properties  – A 2011 study published in the Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin suggested that, along with other cannabinoids, THCA demonstrated anti-inflammatory properties. 
  • Anti-proliferative properties – A 2013 study that analyzed cell cultures and animal models concluded that THCA could prevent the spread of prostate cancer cells.
  • Neuroprotective properties – In a 2012 preclinical study published in Phytomedicine, researchers found that THCA showed the ability to help protect against neurodegenerative diseases.
  •   Antiemetic properties (increasing appetite and decreasing nausea) – A  2013 study conducted by researchers at the University of Guelph in Ontario found that both THCA and CBDA were effective in reducing nausea and vomiting in rat models, even more so than THC and CBD, respectively

Discussions of how this relates to the booming CBD industry might have a little leeway where companies could start using THCA (the none “high” one). First in things like topicals to avoid people trying to heat up the product to obtain a high.

I have faith that these molecules will continue to be discussed and discovered. Then possibly become more legal in the CBD business.
They also study the effect of Terpenes and their relationship to the plant. As my personal opinion remains that the THC/CBD ratio isn’t the main driver for effectiveness but the terpenes actually have more of a guiding hand in the matter. 

For instance, Myrcene an abundant terpene found not only in Cannabis but is closer to an essential oil found in many plants that have musky citrus smells. This hydrocarbon is actually prescribed in Germany as a sleep aid. Our distributors are working on getting these terpenes isolated, and probably mixed, to tailor to your need. Some might help with pain while some might help with sleep and some might help with both.

Only time will tell and the allowance of studying this plant for almost the first time is making big waves in the holistic community.
We literally can’t wait, how about you?

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