Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that is commonly found in raw cannabis plants. Unlike delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive component of cannabis, THCA does not produce the “high” associated typically with cannabis consumption. Let’s explore the benefits and properties of THCA from our Milwaukee dispensary, and how it differs from other cannabinoids.

Properties of THCA

THCA is the acidic precursor to THC, which means it is the natural form of THC that exists in the raw cannabis plant. When heated, THCA undergoes a process called decarboxylation, which removes the carboxylic acid group from the molecule and converts it to the psychoactive form of THC. In other words, THCA is converted into THC when cannabis is smoked, vaporized, or baked.

THCA has a similar chemical structure to THC, with the only difference being the presence of the carboxylic acid group. This chemical difference gives THCA different properties than THC, including its lack of psychoactivity. THCA is also known for its neuroprotective, antiemetic, and  anti-inflammatory aspects, making it a promising therapeutic agent for a wide range of medical conditions.

Benefits from THCA

An exciting and promising benefit of THCA is its purported anti-inflammatory properties. THCA has been demonstrated to reduce inflammation by inhibiting the production of certain cytokines, which are proteins that modulate this process in the body.

Like other cannabinoid products at our dispensary in Milwaukee, THCA also seems to also have antiemetic properties, which means it can reduce vomiting and nausea. This makes it a promising treatment for patients who are undergoing chemotherapy, and who often experience treatment side effects of severe nausea and vomiting.

In addition, THCA appears to have neuroprotective properties, which means that it can protect the brain from damage caused by injury, disease, or aging. It has been shown THCA can reduce oxidative stress in the brain, which is a major contributor to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

How to Consume THCA

In the past, many people ingested THCA through the consumption of raw cannabis leaves, either through juicing or eating them directly. However, nowadays we have much more convenient (and tasty!) ways to get the benefits of THCA from our Milwaukee dispensary, such as delicious gummies and other edibles. THCA products can be a great addition to your wellness routine!

Come down to Ignite Dispensary today to learn more about THCA and to shop our selection of quality THCA in Milwaukee!