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THCA: Effects, Benefits, and Where To Find


THCA stands for tetrahydrocannabinolic acid that is found in raw cannabis plants. Research on this compound may be in its initial stages, but its findings demonstrate the therapeutic potential of the acid.

As flowers dry, THCA slowly converts to THC – and gets its psychoactive features. Heating speeds up the process (also known as decarboxylation). It is what happens when you smoke or vaporize flower.

Some labels would show THC/THCA percentage (usually, around 12-20%) for the lab-tested cannabis. THCA is more accurate way to label what exactly is in the flower before it gets decarboxylated. However, sometimes these labels mean the same thing which may lead to misperception.

Effects & Benefits

Unfortunately, there is not sufficient data on particular therapeutic features of the acid yet. But preliminary research and anecdotal evidence suggest that THCA has a bright feature in the industry. Some of the potential benefits are:

  • Anti-inflammatory properties (to treat arthritis/lupus);
  • Anti-emetic properties (to treat nausea/appetite loss);
  • Neuroprotective properties (to treat neurodegenerative diseases);
  • Anti-proliferate properties (potentially useful for the treatment of prostate cancer).

Other possible benefits include insomnia, muscle spasms, and chronic pain. To clarify evidence and get some solid facts, we need more research on THCA and its potential.

Where To Find THCA?

Basically, all high-THC flowers that have not yet been decarboxylated contain THCA. The fresher the plant, the more acid is inside. Some people prefer to juice raw cannabis parts to get the most out of the compound.

With increasing evidence and research, THCA is bound to become one of the biggest trends in the industry. Producers and dispensaries are on their way to figure out how to bring all the benefits of the compound to the consumers. In return, customers are already doing their part by experimenting and reporting their stories on the local levels.

(Sweedsy in no way encourages illegal activity and would like to remind its readers that marijuana usage continues to be an offense under Federal Law, regardless of state marijuana laws. To learn more, click here.)


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