Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) is the raw, precursor of THC. Federally legal in any concentration, THCA is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid with surprising potential benefits in its raw form, which may be found in product types like tinctures, gummies and capsules.
When decarboxylated, aka heated, it converts into delta 9 THC, and that’s why products that are meant to be heated, like THCA vapes, dabs and flower don’t actually provide you with the effects of THCA, but delta 9.
Benefits of THCA
First, let’s examine Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid. THCA is not psychoactive, since the psychoactive properties only occur after the cannabinoid has been decarboxylated. But, tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, the raw form of THC, has, in fact, been shown to be extremely useful in other ways.
Now, time to dive into THCA’s benefits in its non-decarboxylated form, along with the benefits of THCA after decarboxylation, which provide the body with, in fact, delta 9 THC once again.
#1: THCA is an Antioxidant
It has been established that THCA is an antioxidant, which helps the body fight off free radicals that cause cell damage, and generally improves immune function. The specific uses for THCA in this regard haven’t been outlined in research just yet, but antioxidants play a critical role in maintaining our health.
#2: THCA May Have Anti-Inflammatory Effects
THCA seems to offer potent anti-inflammatory effects that can be useful to the entire body, by interacting with enzymes in the body that act as precursors to our body’s inflammation response. Researchers have found that these properties may be particularly useful to the respiratory system, potentially alleviating inflammation along the respiratory tract.
#3: THCA Might Improve Serotonin Uptake and Improve Sleep
Researchers have found that THCA may be extremely useful in boosting serotonin levels, which can have very positive effects on both mood and sleep. This seems to come from the way in which THCA acts on anandamide, an endocannabinoid that regulates serotonin uptake.
Benefits of Decarboxylated THCA (Delta 9 THC)
Then, we have the result of heating THCA, which is delta 9 THC. Here, we will offer a refresher on the proven potential benefits of delta 9 THC, as the cannabinoid has essentially been studied intensively since its discovery in the early 1960s.
#1: Delta 9 THC May Boost Appetite
Delta 9 is long associated with causing ‘the munchies” due to its effects on appetite. It’s a known fact that delta 9, like most psychoactive cannabinoids, can increase appetite, and this can be a good thing clinically, as certain conditions can interfere with a person’s desire or ability to eat. One study found that delta 9 THC boosted the appetite of cancer patients receiving chemotherapy, so likely, delta 9 THC offers the same potential benefit.
#2: Delta 9 THC Could Help with Nausea
Delta 9 THC may also play a role in relieving nausea, a symptom that can be extremely disruptive and in some cases chronic. Over the years, various studies have shown that delta 9 THC acts on receptors that regulate serotonin, and many don’t know that nausea is actually mediated by serotonin. This is why the cannabinoid is often prescribed as a treatment for nausea.
#3: Delta 9 THC Has the Potential to Be a Mood Booster
Delta 9’s mood-balancing and mood-boosting properties are well known, and that’s one of the key reasons people gravitate toward it. Research has shown that delta 9 THC works on the brain’s neurotransmitters that affect our mood and our stress levels, with uplifting properties that can be antidepressant-like, along with stress-reducing properties that can help a person feel calmer.
#4: Delta 9 THC Might Improve Sleep
Many people use delta 9 THC as a natural way to improve their sleep, as the cannabinoid famously makes people sleepy when taken at night thanks to its combination of body high soothing cerebral effects. Cannabinoids interact with melatonin, serotonin and cortisol, three neurotransmitters involved in our sleep process, our mood and our general nervous system function.
#5: Delta 9 THC May Have Anti-Inflammatory Effects
Cannabinoids are very much known for their anti-inflammatory properties, and delta 9 THC is no different. This can offer help in all kinds of ways, ranging from physical discomfort to symptoms associated with autoimmunity. Delta 9 THC is actually prescribed in marijuana form for patients with various forms of inflammation, through state medical marijuana programs.
#6: Delta 9 THC May Have Analgesic Properties
Delta 9 THC is also widely used for its analgesic properties, which affect the way in which the nervous system responds to pain. Analgesics disrupt the brain’s ability to receive strong pain signals from the nervous system’s pain receptors, which increases our overall pain tolerance.
#7: Delta 9 THC Has a Chance to Provide Neurological Effects
Delta 9 is being heavily researched for its effects on neurological function, which may play an amazing role in managing symptoms related to neurological conditions like multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Delta 9 THC has no reason to not mimic these effects, since again, delta 9 THC becomes delta 9 THC once absorbed in the body.
THCA: It’s All About How You Consume This Cannabinoid!
Both THCA and delta 9 THC are rich in properties that can be very useful to the human body, so it’s all about the product you end up choosing. THCA Flower, tinctures, and similar products give you the benefits of Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, while THCA products that are heated, like flower and THCA vapes, can offer all of the positive effects we derived from delta 9 THC.
So, keep an eye out for the THCA that’s coming to Binoid, which can help you enjoy these benefits while offering products that are completely compliant with the law.