19 Things Your Need to Know About THCA Infographic

by Kevin Coyle

THCa Definition

This is an infographic on 19 Things You Need To Know About THCA.

It provides a brief overview of tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), a non-psychoactive precursor of THC found in cannabis.

It covers everything from the basic definition and difference between THCA and THC to its health benefits, therapeutic uses, and legal status.

The document also briefly covers the scientific aspects of THCA, including its extraction and decarboxylation processes, and highlights ongoing research and future potential in the medical field.

This serves as an informative guide for those interested in understanding the properties and implications of THCA.

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1. Definition of THCA

Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) is a precursor to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is an active component of cannabis.

2. Distinction between THCA and THC

THC is the psychoactive compound that produces the “high” associated with marijuana use, while THCA is a non-psychoactive precursor to THC that requires heat to convert into THC.

To learn more about the difference between THCa vs THC check out this resource here.

3. Source of THCA in cannabis

Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) is found in fresh, undried cannabis. However, THCA is progressively decarboxylated to THC when cannabis is dried or heated.

4. Health Benefits of THCA

THCA is an effective neuroprotectant, so it is beneficial in the treatment of conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease.

5. Therapeutic uses of THCA

THCA is an effective neuroprotectant, so it is beneficial in the treatment of such conditions as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

6. Anti-cancer Potential

THCA may inhibit the growth of some types of breast cancer (IC50 of 9.8?M in MCF-7 and 18.2?M in MDA-MB-231) and prostate cancer cell lines (IC50 of 25?M in DU-145.

7. Absorption and bioavailability

Across all users, light and heavy, the bioavailability for inhaled THC is between 10% and 35%.

In general, inhalation produces a stronger psychoactive effect than ingestion. After inhalation, THC concentrations are higher in the brain than in the blood.

8. Legal status under USDA’s Farm Bill

The USDA’s Farm Bill made THCa legal as long as it is derived from agricultural hemp, which contains 0.30% THC or less, measured by dry weight.

9. Extraction and isolation methods

Natural oil added to cannabis & milled (optionally heated), generating THCA-rich liquid for extraction.

10. Decarboxylation Process

Heating unlocks cannabinoid power: acids like THCA become potent THC.

11. Ways to consume raw cannabis

Unlocking THCA’s Wellness Potential: Juicing, Culinary Oils, Vaping, Topical Benefits & More

12. Ongoing research and studies

THCA Research: Early promise fuels cancer, inflammation, and neurodegeneration studies. Clinical trials are underway. Understanding mechanisms and delivery methods key.

13. Side effects and safety

Cooking, heating, or vaping the legal version of the substance does turn it into the psychoactive compound THC.

Short-Term Side Effects of Heating/Smoking THCa: Euphoria and relaxation.

14. THCA Interactions with Medications

THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, interacts with nearly 400 prescription medications, and CBD (cannabidiol) interacts with more than 540.

15. THCa Dosage and Administration

Less is more with THCA: 30-50x more absorbable, effective at just 5-50mg daily. Don’t compare to THC!

16. Potential in topical applications

Lotions, balms, and creams: easy-to-use cannabis topicals for soothing sore muscles or everyday skin care. Smooth, versatile, effective.

17. Impact on the endocannabinoid system

THC binds with high affinity to the CB1 receptor, which mediates its abuse-related and reinforcing effects.

18. Impact on the endocannabinoid system

Unlike THC, THCA is a non-psychotropic cannabinoid.

In other words, it does not produce the intoxicating effect that is commonly associated with cannabis and THC.

19. Future of THCA research

While mostly converted to THC for its psychoactive effects, THCA’s medical potential warrants exploration in product development.

I hope you at least got some nuggets from this THCa infographic.

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