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What is THC?THC is an acronym for tetrahydrocannabinol, which is one the cannabinoid chemicals found in marijuana plants. THC is responsible for getting you “high” because it connects with CB1 receptors in the brain. THC can have many therapeutic benefits including relieving pain, fighting cancer cells, and reducing muscle spasms. THC is the main compound in cannabis that is psychoactive.
How THC interacts with your bodyTHC is responsible for getting you high because it connects with CB1 receptors in the brain. THC also has many therapeutic benefits including relieving pain, fighting cancer cells, and reducing muscle spasms. THC can be consumed in three ways: smoking, vaping, or eating. When smoked or vaped, the effects of the THC come on quickly and are strong. When eaten, THC can take an hour or more to kick in and the effects are usually longer lasting, some say they are more intense. The immediate effects of THC include relaxation and euphoria plus a heightened sense of taste and smell. It can also cause red eyes and dry mouth as well as increased heart rate, blood pressure, and drowsiness. THC can also have adverse side effects including anxiety, paranoia, hallucinations, drowsiness, nausea vomiting, confusion, and headache.
What is THCA?THCA is an acronym for tetrahydrocannabinolic acid. THCA is not psychoactive. THCA is the precursor to THC and is found in raw cannabis. THCA is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis plants and is the raw form of THC. It is not yet biologically active and does not produce psychoactive effects when ingested. THCA has many therapeutic benefits including relieving pain, fighting cancer cells, and reducing muscle spasms. THCA is important because it is the precursor to THC. This means that it is the compound that is turned into THC. THCA is also non-psychoactive, meaning it does not get you high. This is important because it means that you can ingest THCA without feeling the psychoactive effects of THC. THCA is also a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. When you smoke or ingest marijuana, the heat from either process converts THCA into THC. If the cannabis flower is dried and cured, THCA slowly breaks down into THC. This means that dry-cured cannabis contains mostly THC and trace amounts of THCA. This process is called decarboxylation, and is a chemical reaction that occurs, enhancing the bodies’ reaction to cannabinoids. Although some pop culture would want us to believe that raw cannabis will cause one to get abundantly high, that is simply not the case. THCA and THC must go through decarboxylation to have psychoactive effects. Put simply if you want to turn THCA into THC, all you need is some heat and time! It is as simple as that. In fact, there has been a lot of research done on the cannabis plant showing just how temperatures can affect cannabinoids. There will be more studies, the more we understand about using different temperatures to create different cannabinoids.
How are THC and THCA different?THCA is a larger molecule than THC and will not bind with cannabinoid receptors in the body. It can also be effective at lower doses than THC. There are some benefits that can be gotten from THCA from raw cannabis without any of the psychoactive feelings. Some people even add it to juices, salads, and other raw foods. THCA can be a good option for consumers looking for relief who cannot handle THC. THC A levels will be much higher in plants that have been recently harvested or are still live. In some circles, raw cannabis is referred to as a superfood. It can also be found in tincture and powder form.
- THCA is found in raw cannabis as opposed to THC, which is found in the plant once it has been dried and heated.
- THCA is non-psychoactive, meaning it does not get you high.
- THCA has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.
- THCA is being studied for its potential to help with a variety of medical conditions such as cancer, arthritis, gastrointestinal disorder, eczema, multiple sclerosis, and chronic pain.
- THCA can be turned into THC with age or heat.
- THC is psychoactive; meaning it can get you high, unlike THCA.
- There are different types of THC, such as Delta-9 THC, which is the most potent and is what causes psychoactive effects.
- THC is being studied for its potential to help with a variety of medical conditions such as cancer, arthritis, gastrointestinal disorder, eczema, multiple sclerosis, and chronic pain.
- THC can be turned into THCA with age or heat.