Understanding THC, THCA, and THCV
We only knew that THC was the psychoactive element of marijuana for a long time. Today, however, there are many other things related to THC that are as important. Today, we hear about THCA and THCV which are all related to THC but quite different from it. Let us discuss them one by one.
THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is one of the components of marijuana that is best known and the most studied. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. Recreational users of THC look for this high feeling that they get from it.
The health benefits of THC include relief from pain, nausea, and vomiting, asthma attacks, insomnia, PTSD, and glaucoma symptoms. It also helps stimulate appetite and has positive results in clinical studies of patient’s with Crohn’s disease. When these patients smoke THC-rich cannabis twice per day, they showed clinical improvement after 8 weeks of smoking.
Brain cells are not killed by THC. It has been found rather that it has neuroprotective qualities and the ability to promote the growth of new brain cells.
Tetrahydrocanninolic acid or THCA is not psychoactive. If not heated, then THC is in the form of THCA. So if you eat uncooked marijuana, you don’t get the high that you are looking for. THCA is very important even if it is not psychoactive. THCA is very important to people who need high doses of cannabinoids so they don’t get high when taking them. THCA provides many health benefits including reducing inflammation, controlling nausea and vomiting, protecting brain cells, controlling seizures, stimulating appetite, inhibiting cancer growth, and more.
Ailments such as chronic pain, cancer, and autoimmune disease can now be treated with THCA preparations. If you want to that THCA, then it can be taken as fresh cannabis juice or alcohol-based extract. THCA product are beginning to come out and as research progresses, then we can expect more products to be made available to use with the benefits of cannabinoid.
THCV is not dubbed as the sportscar of cannabinoids for nothing. Taking THCV will give you highly euphoric and more psychedelic effects than THC. THCV is perfect for people who want to lose weight because one of its effects is to decrease appetite. Some other benefits of THCV which are still being studied including controlling anxiety and panic, stimulating bone cell growth, and reducing tremors and brain lesions in Parkinson’s patients.
What differentiates THC from CBD is its psychoactive qualities. THC produces psychoactive effects while CBD does not So, CBD-only products are safe to use as you go about your daily life. With the psychoactive effects that make you high, THC should be taken with caution so as not to be greatly influenced by it.