The Benefits of THCA – Is it that Different From THC?


Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, better known as THCA, is a cannabinoid that has received quite a lot of attention in recent weeks because of the therapeutic benefits it is thought to offer, according to Those of you who are regular cannabis users, there is a high probability you will have heard of THC and the effects it has on your mind. At first glance, you may think THCA and THC will be broadly similar in their effect on the human body, but this is not the case. THCA is not psychoactive in nature, unlike THC which produces a psychoactive effect on the brain. When the cannabis plant is dried, the THCA is able to be converted to THC, and heat can exacerbate this process, in a process known as decarboxylation.

What are Effects and Benefits of THCA?

While research into THCA’s effects and benefits are still in its early days, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence that exists which seems to suggest that THCA has an important role in helping various conditions. Some of the benefits identified include:

  • Anti-inflammatory effects, which is ideal for the treatment of arthritis and lupus symptoms.
  • Neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s, by providing neuroprotective properties.
  • Reduces feelings of nausea and appetite loss.
  • A treatment solution for prostate cancer, owing to its anti-proliferative properties.

There are many other stories of success where patients have used THCA in the treatment of insomnia, muscle spasms, and chronic pain to name but a few. Official treatments using THCA are still a long way off because of the lack of research however.  

Where Can I Find THCA?

To make your own THCA, select a cannabis strain that is high in THC that has not yet been decarboxylated yet. For best results, use cannabis that has just been harvested for the optimum levels. Fresh cannabis is what you should aim for. In fact, cannabis is now being used in cannabis smoothies, and this is now the simplest way for people to get access to THCA. In the coming years, it is expected that more foodstuffs in the future will make use of raw cannabis.

If you are looking for strains high in THC, you may wish to consult with your local dispensary who may stock such strains. All you need to do to track down your nearest dispensary, which can be done by using the cannabis dispensaries near me tool.