What is THCA and What Are its Benefits?

Marijuana compound formula THCA

Marijuana compound formula THCA

Whether you are super familiar with cannabis or not, odds are high that you have heard of THC. THC is the chemical responsible for the psychoactive effects you feel when you consume cannabis . As the cannabis industry continues to evolve and we learn more about the plant and its makeup, there are other molecules that may not be as popular, but are just as important. tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, or better known as, THCA is one of them.

In recent years, THCA has gained momentum in regards to its popularity because of its health benefits, which are varied from those of THC and even CBD. Check out the information below to gain a better understanding of THCA. 

For a more hands-on explanation of the benefits, or recommendations for products, be sure to head on into your local weed dispensary.

 

THC’s Precursor

One of the easiest ways to understand THCA is to think of it as the precursor to, or the earliest stage of, THC. Contrary to popular belief, if you consume raw or live cannabis – as in, eat the plant straight from the ground or even eat raw nuggets – you will not get high. That is because in order to have the psychoactive effects, cannabis must be dried out or heated. 

If you leave the plant out to dry, or if you expedite the process and use heat, THCA slowly converts to THC. If you use heat, the process is known as decarboxylation, which simply describes what happens when you smoke or vaporize flower. So whether that’s in an oven baking your favorite edibles, or smoking flower using a lighter and a pipe or a blunt, heating THCA turns it to THC, giving you the psychoactive effects. 

 

THCA Benefits

So now that you know the process and what THCA is, how does it help?

While research on THCA and its health benefits is fairly in the early stages of development, from what has been gathered in recent years, there is solid evidence that points to THCA being a pivotal part of cannabis-related medicine as the industry makes leaps and bounds moving forward. In the preliminary studies, researchers have unearthed some of the following benefits:

  • Anti-Inflammatory: THCA possesses anti-inflammatory properties that could help aid in the treatment of such diseases as arthritis and lupus. In a 2021 study using mice, THCA also showed great potential as a treatment for fatty liver disease thanks to its ability to work as an anti-inflammatory.

  • Neuroprotective properties: If you have a family history of neurodegenerative diseases, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s, THCA could contain neuroprotective properties to help slow or prevent the development of these diseases.
  • Anti-emetic: For those who suffer from chronic nausea or appetite loss, THCA has anti-emetic properties to help counter some of these issues. In another study done on rats, THCA was more effective in reducing nausea symptoms than CBD or THC.

  • Anti-proliferative: THCA also has anti-proliferative qualities as well, which means that it can help inhibit the growth of cancer cells that are responsible for creating tumors. Notable studies have been conducted in regards to it aiding in prostate cancer. 

In other studies, patients have reported that THCA helped with their muscle spasms, insomnia, and general pain. Consuming raw cannabis is similar to consuming other healthy and nutritious plants directly from the earth, such as avocados, kale, green tea, or garlic. While this research regarding health benefits is in the very early stages, it is exciting to know that more is on the horizon, and hopefully, will become a standard treatment for some of these ailments. 

However, with all of these benefits, more studies need to be done to solidify their medicinal abilities. 

 

The Legality 

Much like CBD, opting for THCA products is a great choice for those who would like to utilize the health benefits, but don’t want any of the psychoactive effects from THC. However, unlike CBD, THCA can only be used or consumed in states where THC is legal. So before making a purchase of any kind, be sure to check out this list to see where your state lands on various cannabis laws. 

As of 2021, the FDA still lists marijuana as a Schedule I drug. According to the FDA website, this is “due to its high potential for abuse, which is attributable in large part to the psychoactive effects of THC, and the absence of a currently accepted medical use of the plant in the United States”. 

So, for the time being, if your state outlaws THC, it is best to avoid THCA as well. If CBD is legal where you live, try harnessing the healing properties of CBD instead, which also has many medical benefits without any of the psychoactive effects. Keep in mind that chemically speaking, CBD and THCA are still different, as one is a cannabinoid and one is an acid. 

 

Where is THCA found?

Every high strain of THC that has not yet gone through the decarboxylated process contains THCA. Here, these cannabinoid levels are just about as high as a freshly harvested or live cannabis plant. Because of this, raw cannabis parts can actually be juiced and used in health smoothies, capturing the benefits of THCA.

If it’s legal in your area, search around for a juice or smoothie bar that specializes in making THCA or cannabis-infused drinks. Not only are you sure to find something delicious, but also comes with a myriad of health benefits as well. 

 

Here to Help

We here at From the Earth are more than just a weed dispensary or a place to shop. We know that education is the cornerstone of cannabis, and becoming knowledgeable on the various forms of cannabis makes a world of difference when purchasing products. If you have questions that span beyond what you’ve read here, that is great! Please come inside and visit with one of our well-trained staff members. 

We have a variety of locations that you can visit as well, from our cannabis dispensary in Long Beach all the way to Hanover, Michigan. So you’re not limited to just one shop. No matter which store you choose, or what part of the country you are in, we guarantee top-notch customer service from highly-informed employees. 

11 Cannabis Gifts Perfect for Any Dad

Older man standing in kitchen smoking cannabis flower with bong

Older man standing in kitchen smoking cannabis flower with bong

Father’s Day is coming up on June 20th! With Dad’s special day right around the corner, shopping for him can be a little difficult sometimes. This year, ditch the novelty tie or home renovation store gift card and give him something we know he’ll really love – something from your local cannabis dispensary

If you’re not sure where to start, use our guide below to find the perfect product for every type of dad. From the canna-curious, to the vegan, to the dad on the go, you’re bound to find something he’ll love (& hopefully share)! 

 

Canna-curious:

If your dad is someone who is interested in getting into the world of cannabis but hasn’t had a lot of exposure, something practical and simple is a great place to begin. We recommend Care by Design’s 18:1 refresh drops.

This tincture is powerful and potent, working together with the combined forces of THC and CBD to deliver wellness to both the body and the mind. Whether he’s a novice or a pro, this product is great for soothing the occasional life stress that pops up. Pair this gift with your dad’s favorite tea and tell him to kick back and relax – he deserves it, after all! 

 

Newbie: 

A great product for anyone new to the cannabis scene are Kiva Confections’ Petra Mints. Specially made using a precise blend of California-grown cannabis, green tea matcha, and peppermint extract, these mints are a delicious treat for Dad. Each piece is 2.5mg microdose so he won’t feel overwhelmed if it’s his first time trying cannabis. Discreet, easy to carry, and extremely flavorful make for the perfect combination for any dad to enjoy!

 

Edible lover: 

Gift your dad the delicious taste of summer with Camino’s Watermelon Lemonade gummies. For any edible lover, this product is a real treat, combining a synergistic blend of Sativa and Indica. Rich flavors, such as juicy watermelon and tart citrus, come together to create an edible that is equal parts delicious and refreshing. For the dad who loves to hit the pool or the beach, you’ll definitely earn brownie points with this gift!

 

Flower Guy:

If your dad is a bit old-school and prefers to enjoy cannabis in its truest form, don’t miss out on giving him some quality flower. Our topic pick is Shift’s Lemon Spice – a pre-packed Sativa 8th that is known to increase focus as well as creativity. Native to Salmon Creek, it carries a refreshing citrus aroma and tastes just like Smarties candy. Don’t forget to include some rolling papers and a fun, kitschy lighter! 

 

Beer Fanatic: 

No beer is made equal and any dad who is a brew fanatic will tell you that for themselves. For this Father’s Day, step up your gift-giving game by delivering a classic with a twist. A new product on our shelves is Pabst Blue Ribbon’s Lemon Seltzer, only this particular beverage is packed with 5mg of THC in each can. Combine the best of both worlds by offering up this tasty and refreshing beverage. Who knows – maybe he’ll even be grateful enough to share!

 

Vegan:

If your vegan dad is tough to shop for, look no further than a cannabis dispensary! Here at From The Earth, one of our highlighted products is the Sour Watermelon Fruit Chews by Smokiez. All-natural and vegan-friendly, this edible offers a sweet & sour watermelon flavor packed into a satisfying texture. These gummies provide a calm and euphoric high that will have Dad launched into a blissful state. To keep the gift going, add a little CBD oil for your dad to take alongside this great product to elongate the high. 

 

Man walking outside in glasses smoking cannabis blunt

On the go: 

Dads are busy guys! They are constantly moving, bouncing from one task to the next. Reward the busiest dude you know with a cannabis gift that is portable, disposable, and discreet. DIME’s 500mg disposable vape offers all the potency and power that’s perfect for Dad’s on the go. With a sleek design, it can fit perfectly inside a pocket or a bag. 

 

Who is looking to relax: 

We could all benefit from a little more rest, and if your dad needs a little help catching some Zzz’s, we recommend a tincture by Dreamt For Sleep. This sleep shot offers up all-natural, restorative sleep in an effective and affordable dropper. Designed for helping the consumer not only fall asleep but stay asleep throughout the night, increasing REM and deep sleep. What better gift to unwrap than a little extra rest in a bottle? 

 

Everyday Consumer: 

If your dad is a cannabis pro, and you’re not sure what to get the guy who has everything, look no further than a full ounce jar of Outlitt’s Carmel Cream. A pre-packed hybrid flower covered with gorgeous trichomes that make them look like a bite-sized bit of sugar-coated candy, Caramel Cream really earns its name. Sweet, aromatic, with hints of skunk and spice, let dad light this up and veg out to his favorite movie. When he comes unglued from the sofa, he will be sure to say thank you! 

 

Who needs some pain relief: 

As we age, our bodies become a little worn out and rundown. Unfortunately, dads are no exception to this rule. However, we can help! Provide the dad in your life with a little relief by giving him a container of Papa & Barkley CBD balm. This award-winning product is proven to provide targeted pain relief when applied to affected areas. Applied directly to the skin, it is non-psychoactive and does not enter the bloodstream. 

 

Has a sweet tooth: 

If you don’t have time to bake something up yourself, or you’re simply just not gifted in the kitchen, but you know your dad loves sweets, make sure to pick up a bag of Familia brand Churoo Krispies! Combining the effects of THC with Rice Krispie balls baked to perfection and coated in a rich layer of cinnamon and brown sugar, these are sure to be a hit. At an affordable price, it’s easy to snatch up a bag or two and keep dad stocked up for a bit.  

 

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