The world of cannabis is full of terms and concepts that can be confusing for beginners and enthusiasts alike. One of the topics that generate the most questions is the difference between THCA and THC.
Many people are familiar with the cannabinoid THC, but did you know it comes from the crude acidic compound THCA?
Below we will demystify these two substances so you can better understand how they interact with your body and how to take advantage of their benefits.
Spoiler alert: THCA converts to THC, so they are not the same compound. Each has benefits and characteristics that make them unique.
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THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are two related chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. The main difference between them lies in their chemical structure and the effects they produce in the body.
THCA is the acidic, inactive form of THC found in the cannabis plant in its raw state, i.e. before it is subjected to heat.
THCA is non-psychoactive, meaning that it does not produce the characteristic intoxicating effects or “high” associated with cannabis use. However, THCA has been found to have several potential health benefits.
THC, on the other hand, is the active, psychoactive form of the cannabinoid that is produced when THCA is subjected to heat or decarboxylated.
THC is known for its psychoactive effects, which can include euphoria, relaxation, mood alteration, and changes in sensory perception.
It is important to note that THC is derived from THCA through decarboxylation, a process that involves applying heat to cannabis. This means that consuming raw cannabis or products containing THCA will not produce the psychoactive effects associated with THC.
When the raw form of THCA is heated, a process called decarboxylation occurs, which converts THCA to THC.
This process can occur in several ways, such as exposure to sunlight, exposure to room temperature, or by applying heat through smoking, vaping, concentrates, or cooking.
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In addition to the aforementioned benefits of THCA, THC also offers several therapeutic effects.
It has been shown that THC can increase metabolism and help control appetite. THC can also relieve symptoms of nausea and vomiting, as well as reduce chronic pain and inflammation. THC is also known to improve mood.
It is important to note that both THCA and THC interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which regulates various physiological functions such as mood, appetite, sleep, and immune response. However, due to their different chemical composition, they have different effects on the body.
Regardless of how it is consumed, THCA has the potential to undergo metabolism in your body and transform into THC-COOH.
Interestingly, THC also metabolizes into the same compound.
Many drug tests are designed to detect the presence of THC-COOH as an indication of cannabis use, without being able to differentiate between THCA and THC use. Consequently, the presence of THCA in your system could lead to a failed drug test directed at cannabis use.