THCA AND THC: JUST A STATE

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Cannabis flower, raw extracted oil and purely refined oil.

I have heard many people in the cannabis industry argue that converted THCA into THC is better for overall health. Over the course of the last few years, I have battled many health issues that include chronic pain, and I have come to learn that both serve their purpose.

Cannabis is a botanical plant with over 400 chemical entities. Sixty of the chemical entities are cannabinoid compounds: THCA (Tetrahydrocannabinol Acid) and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) are some of the main compounds.

THCA is non-psychoactive and in its raw extracted state have its waxes, lipids and chlorophylls. In essence, it is the whole plant extracted (see far upper left pic). THC, in its purely refined oil state, is psychoactive and derived through the conversion of THCA through processing, which also serves as the removal of waxes, lipids and chlorophylls.

In order for THCA to convert into THC, decarboxylation needs to occur. Decarboxylation is the application of heat that converts cannabinoids into their active state. Once THCA is hit with a certain degree of heat, it converts into its psychoactive state called THC.

According to Monterrey Bay Alternative Medicine, THCA’s anti-proliferative abilities inhibit further cancerous cell growth, is a great anti-inflammatory that also subdues muscle spasms, and works great to regulate the immune system. I do not recommend you vaporize raw oil due to the unknown effects of vaporizing waxes, lipids and chlorophylls into your lungs. Having said that, eating it is a great idea because it is then, metabolized through your liver. The taste is not appealing but plays really well with our body’s receptors. Purely refined oil, processed correctly to remove the waxes, lipids and chlorophylls is safer to vaporize.

In my personal experience, eating Co2 extracted raw oil provides me with a sense of overall health and wellness. My body feels tingly and I feel functional and relaxed throughout the day. On the other hand, purely refined cannabis oil converted into THC works great for my chronic pain and anxiety.

My point is that THCA and THC have their place in our medicinal toolbox. Even though our knowledge of them is constantly evolving, I think that it is safe to say that no matter what you choose to medicate with; the botanical plant has various medicinal uses, and it is up to us to be proactive and decide which application works best to help alleviate our condition.

*Please note that the FDA has not approved any of these statements. Cannabis is not legal in all states. Please confer with your local rules, laws and regulations as to the legality of your use and possession.