THCA (Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid)
Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid and the acidic precursor to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). While THCA won’t get you high, THC definitely will, so the two chemical compounds are structurally similar yet differ in important ways.
Cutting edge research has emerged to demonstrate the therapeutic potential of THCA in treating a number of conditions, including chronic pain and seizures. Learn about how you can experience the benefits of THCA and discover cannabis strains high in this potent acidic cannabinoid.
Potential Health Benefits
THCA has multiple potential health benefits and medical uses. Here are some common ways that this acidic cannabinoid may be used, according to scientific research:
Anti-inflammatory – chronic pain
Appetite stimulant – eating disorders; chemotherapy treatment
Treating sleeplessness – insomnia
Anti-tumor – cancer
Antispasmodic – multiple sclerosis (MS) and epilepsy
Some people contend that THCA poses few negative side effects, while others argue that THCA comes with many of the same possible side effects as THC. If you have a sensitivity to THC, then it is possible that THCA could produce a similar reaction.
Possible Side Effects and Interactions
Here are some common side effects of THC that may or may not arise if you consume THCA:
Dry mouth (cottonmouth)
Increased heart rate