With a large number of ongoing research studies on cannabis, people are becoming more curious about the healing properties of its cannabinoids. Some of the popular cannabinoids include CBD, THC, THCA, CBG, and CBN The best thing about all these cannabinoids is that they have their own effects and benefits. Even better, these are available in isolated as well as Full Spectrum forms for users looking to optimize the usage of a particular cannabinoid or blend the benefits of all these in a high-quality vial. CBD and THC are the most popular compounds out of these. Most people are aware of the differences between the two, but the confusion between THC and THCA still persists. This is primarily because we are not aware of the exact properties of both THC and THCA. Some of us are also unaware of what cannabinoids are and how do they work. So, first, let us take a look at what cannabinoids are and what they do and then move on to the effects and benefits of both THCA and THC to understand the differences between these two cannabis compounds.
What are Cannabinoids?
Cannabis contains a huge variety of natural compounds known as cannabinoids. More than 100 in number, these cannabinoids affect the endocannabinoid system and the endocannabinoid receptors present in our brain and body. A healthy endocannabinoid system is essential for a happy, healthy, and satisfying lifestyle. Some of the most popular cannabinoids and their effects other than THC and THCA include.
- CBD or Cannabidiol is effective against a variety of physical and mental issues like pain, inflammation, anxiety, depression, epilepsy, seizures,
- CBG or Cannabigerol works great against glaucoma, inflammation, Huntington’s disease, cancer symptoms, bacteria, cachexia, and bladder dysfunction disorders.
- CBN or Cannabinol is extremely useful for people prone to seizures and inflammation.
- CBC or Cannabichromene has shown potential in treating the symptoms of cancer, chronic pain, inflammation, acne, and depression.
What is THCA?
THCA, or tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, is one of the many beneficial cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It is extracted when the cannabis plant is live and raw and not in the dried form. Since it sounds like THC, many people assume that THCA gets you high. But, thankfully THCA is non-psychoactive in nature even in high dosages. The healing properties and the non-toxic nature of THCA have made THCA products more prominent in the market. The therapeutic potential of this organically safe cannabinoid is steadily making it a popular natural healer among US citizens. Now, that you know what THCA is, let us see the effects and benefits of THCA.
What are The Effects and Benefits of THCA?
Whether you’re ingesting or vaping or topically applying cannabis products, understanding how different cannabinoids like CBD and THCA interact with our bodies is essential to optimize the benefits of these natural healing compounds. For, THCA the two most important things you need to know are that it is a precursor of THC and it is non-psychoactive. This implies that THCA does not give you the ‘stoned’ feeling but has all the other healing properties of THC without the side effects. Due to these beneficial effects, more and more people are joining the raw cannabis movement and opting for juice and smoothie recipes for the consumption of raw cannabis. Some of the benefits of THCA are.
- Helps regulate appetite and prevent nausea induced vomiting
- Fights inflammation to help people suffering from issues like arthritis and lupus.
- Reduces the risk of early-onset diabetes
- Helps treat neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease
What is Delta-9 THC?
Delta-9 THC or Trans-Δ⁹- Tetrahydrocannabinol, popularly known as THC, is the prime psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. But, its effects and benefits are not only restricted to this. THC enters your body through the lungs, when you smoke cannabis, and enters the bloodstream and the brain. In the brain, THC activates hormones like dopamine that are responsible for moods, pain sensation, and pleasure. The release of dopamine is the same hormone that is responsible for the ‘high’ feeling.
What are The Effects and Benefits of Delta-9 THC?
THC, like CBD, attaches itself to the cannabinoids present in the brain and affects your memory, cognitive abilities, and time perception. The effects can be different depending on the quality of the strain, its potency, and the way you consume it. Due to its psychoactive nature, it is not advised for all ages even after the medical benefits it provides. The psychoactive effects of THC usually last for a few hours. THC usage is not legal federally but is legal in some states and can be detected up to 20 hours after ingestion. Some of the potential benefits of THC include.
- Makes you relaxed and gives you a sense of well-being
- Intensifies your senses, like colors, seem to be brighter
- Changes time sensation
- Brings anxiety, fear, or panic
- May lead to hallucinations
The Difference Between THCA And Delta-9 THC
THC is a more common term than THCA for most of you reading this blog. While these sound similar, both of these have extremely different properties. But, before the differences, you must know that when THCA goes through a chemical reaction called decarboxylation, THC is formed. The reaction takes place due to the heat produced and separates THC and the acid. In simple words, non-psychoactive THCA is THC in its acidic form.
This is the same reason why cannabis is first dried, treated, and then, combusted for the desired effects to make it THC rich. If you are curious about the thing that makes THCA completely safe and non-intoxicating, then you must know that it is the A in THCA that is responsible for this. In fact, for most cannabinoids like CBD and CBG, the precursor is an acidic form like CBDA and CBGA.
Is THCA better than Delta-9 THC?
If you are looking for the ‘high’ feeling, then the answer to the question above is no. But if you are looking for a safe, non-addictive, and non-psychoactive compound that helps you to treat a variety of physiological and cognitive disorders without any side effects, then THCA is the ideal compound you must go for.
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