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THCA: The Cannabinoid That Loves Your Brain

THCA: The Cannabinoid That Loves Your Brain

Christine Kielhorn | May 29, 2018

Cannabis-based medicines mainly rely on the effects of the two most abundant cannabinoids: delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). These compounds, however, are actually present in the raw or living cannabis plant under a different form – an acid form.

The plant itself contains carboxylic acid precursors to these compounds, known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) and cannabidiolic acid (CBDA). These acid forms are easily converted to THC and CBD through decarboxylation, a process primarily triggered by heat, such as that applied while smoking or cooking Cannabis. Decarboxylation also occurs naturally during aging and storage, so the shelf-life of THCA is relatively short.

THCA: The Cannabinoid That Loves Your Brain

THCA: The Cannabinoid That Loves Your Brain






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