THCA is the cannabinoid that’s generating all the buzz these days, precisely because it doesn’t induce a buzz of its own. But what exactly is THCA, and why is it causing all this hype?
THCA, short for tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, is a naturally occurring cannabinoid found in the raw form of the cannabis plant. Unlike its well-known sister compound THC, THCA does not have psychoactive effects. However, it has been shown to offer a wide range of potential health benefits.
Research indicates that THCA possesses strong anti-inflammatory properties. While inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury or infection, chronic inflammation can lead to various health problems. THCA has shown promise in reducing inflammation, potentially aiding conditions such as arthritis, asthma, and potentially even cancer.
THCA has also demonstrated potential as a pain-relieving agent. A 2019 study conducted on mice with arthritis revealed that THCA reduced both pain and inflammation. This suggests that THCA could serve as a natural alternative to traditional pain medications, which often come with unwanted side effects.
Additionally, THCA has exhibited neuroprotective properties, potentially shielding the brain from damage and disease. A 2017 study discovered that THCA had a protective effect on neurons in the brain, indicating its potential in treating neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
THCA may also possess antiemetic effects, meaning it could help alleviate nausea and vomiting. In a 2013 study, THCA was found to reduce vomiting in shrews, suggesting its potential usefulness for individuals undergoing chemotherapy or experiencing other conditions that induce nausea.
Potential Anti-cancer Properties
Although further research is necessary, preliminary studies suggest that THCA may have anticancer properties. A 2013 study demonstrated that THCA had antiproliferative effects on prostate cancer cells, potentially impeding their growth and spread. However, additional research is required to fully understand THCA’s potential in this regard.
Less Intoxication, More Healing
Despite lacking psychoactive properties (a.k.a., no high), THCA offers a diverse array of potential health benefits, ranging from reducing inflammation and pain to protecting the brain from damage and disease. While further research is needed to fully comprehend its capabilities, THCA shows promise as a natural alternative to traditional medications for various health conditions.
Ask your budtender if we have any products with THCA currently in stock at our Westwood Dispensary or North Hollywood Dispensary and we’ll be happy to help you further.