THCA works to relieve inflammation and pain and is an ideal cannabinoid for treating the symptoms of conditions such as arthritis and seizures.
THCAis an effective neuroprotector, making it beneficial in treating conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. THCA stands for tetrahydrocannabinolic acid and is the precursor of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). When cannabis grows, it produces cannabinoids in the form of carboxylic acids, which are most often converted into non-acidic compounds through a process called decarboxylation.
Almost all cannabinoids start in their acidic form, which has different structures and effects than their non-acid versions. One of the most important differences between THC and THCA is that THC produces psychoactive effects, while THCA does not. THCa doesn't seem to have the same psychotropic effects as its cousin, THC, so if A is eliminated, the entire molecule goes from being a therapeutic component to becoming a dangerous drug. This is due to the fact that THCA does not bind to CB1 receptors, the receptors that have a high binding affinity for THC.
In vitro functional and coupling tests indicated that Δ9-THCA-A binds to PPARgamma and activates it by acting both at the canonical and alternative sites of the ligand binding domain. Theisen says that the main risks of THCA are related to the conversion to THC, especially if the consumer is not seeking (or expecting) to get high. Theisen says that her patients have successfully experienced inflammation and pain relief, especially inflammatory pain in large joints, such as the hips, knees and shoulders, through the use of THCA. However, it's very important to remember that THCA is a unique cannabinoid that has its own unique properties.
Although THCA may seem similar to THC, there is a difference between the two, since it does not have the same properties and effects on the body and mind. Since human studies on THCA are lacking, it is difficult to understand the short- or long-term risks of the cannabinoid. This THC contamination, even among pure extracts, is what makes laboratory results based solely on THCA so difficult to determine. But do you know about THCA? Its full name is tetrahydrocannabinol, it is an acidic molecule naturally present in the Cannabis Sativa plant, also called Indian hemp.
Decarboxylation is the scientific term for the process that occurs when cannabis is heated and THCA is converted to THC. If you ingest crystalline THCA, you're ingesting THCA, and quite a bit, which could be fantastic if you want to consume large amounts of THCA.