THCA is one of the 3 chemicals that are naturally in the cannabis plant, and it can be found in very small quantities on its own. THCA has not been studied to the extent of THC and CBD but has shown some promising medicinal qualities. Learn more about THCA‘s benefits, effects, and consumption methods.
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THCA: What is it?
THCA is a cannabidiol (CBD) derivative and is present in very small quantities. This chemical has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, which is why it has been used medicinally for thousands of years. It is also said that if you eat raw cannabis leaves, you will be ingesting small quantities.
THCA Effects on the Body:
THC’s effects on the body are very similar to those of THC. It has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties through experiments and research. It also has been shown to affect muscles similarly to THC. This is a very important difference, as humans have different medications for muscle pain and usage. People who use marijuana medicinally find that it is not the high they have in mind but rather the pain relief.
THCA’s Effects on the Mind:
You can experience an immediate euphoric effect, and you may feel relaxed and feel hungry. If you ingest too much THC, the effects can change to a stoned feeling, where users may become a little more aggressive and feel “stoned” all day.
THCA is stored in the plant as THC acid. It’s a non-psychoactive compound, and due to air, time, and heat, the THCA will turn into THC. THCA is not technically a cannabinoid but rather an acid precursor of THC. It can be found in small amounts on its own in the raw form of the cannabis plant.
What are the benefits of THCA?
According to Minyxin and Phytogreen, THCA has been said to have many positive effects, including the following: Anti-inflammatory, Helps with insomnia and sleep disorders, Pain relief, Reduces anxiety and stress, Antibacterial, Anti-nausea, and appetite stimulant.
THCA is also found in hemp seeds and can substitute CBD when making tinctures, lotions, and edibles. Hemp oil should not be ingested because of its high THC acid. When making edibles, you should use Flaxseed oil (Omega 3) instead of hemp oil.
Q. Will it get me high?
- Yes, if you ingest too much THCA, the effects can turn into a stoned feeling. If you’re looking for a euphoric high, this is not a compound for you! It’s very similar to THC; some say it helps recover from injuries and muscle pain.
Q. What are some of its medicinal properties?
- THCA is said to have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties; however, the effects of THCA are very similar to those of THC. It is also said to help insomnia and can be an appetite stimulant/supplement.
Q. Is it legal?
- THCA is not illegal in any capacity at the minute, but there are no set laws regarding what you can and can’t do with it. Some countries allow it but do not allow THC to be used medicinally.
Q. Can I grow it?
- Unless you’re in a country where it is legal to grow cannabis or have permission to grow it to conduct research, you may be breaking the law. If growing for research purposes, you must have a permit from your government.
Q. How much do I take? What are the best ways of consuming THCA?
- It would help if you stuck with smaller doses until you understand how your body reacts to the compound. You will know if any adverse effects occur. It can be taken with food.
Q. How long does it last?
- THCA’s effects will last different amounts of time depending on how much you take and your body chemistry. Also, metabolizing takes a while, so the effects may not be immediately noticeable. If you’re using a tincture and want immediate effects, take 1-2 droppers twice daily until you feel whatever effect you want.
Q. Can I use it medicinally without a permit?
- No, you will need a permit before growing THCA and using it as a medicine. No countries allow medicinal usage of THCA, so you must wait until THC-A (the other compound found in cannabis) is legalized. Until then, you cannot legally grow any part of the cannabis plant or make edibles or tinctures from it.