Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA)

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Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid[Tetrahydrocannabinolic ˈæsɪd]


Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, or THCA, is the precursor for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Unlike marijuana’s well-known tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which makes users high, THCA acid is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid discovered in raw and living cannabis plants by researchers.

THCA becomes THC through the process of decarboxylation. The molecular structure of THC is altered when heat removes a carboxylic acid group from THCA. The method enables the cannabinoid with the ideal form to fit into the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) and the CB1 receptors that run throughout the central nervous systems. The result is an elevated relaxing experience.

THCA is said to have a variety of medical effects and is often used as a dietary supplement and enhancement for the following properties:

  1. Anti-inflammatory
  2. Neuroprotective
  3. Antiemetic

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