Cannabis in molecules: Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCa)
In this episode we explore the properties of a lesser known cannabinoid & its therapeutic potential: the acid form of THC, THC acid.
In its raw form, Cannabis sativa’s main constituent is D9-THCa, the acid form of the (in)famous D9-THC (or THC, for short); these two brother molecules are the chemical correspondent of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, (where probably the latter is named Mr High): in fact, the acid form of THC has no psychotropic effect.
D9-THCa is a great anti-inflammatory as it also inhibits the cyclooxygenase 1 and 2 (COX-1) (COX-2). Pharmacological inhibition of COX is the way of action of common painkillers (such as ibuprofen and aspirin), causing relief from inflammation and pain.
In the video we summarise:
- What is THCA?
- What are the effects of THCA?
- Who can benefit from THCA?
If you are interested to learn more about THCa and cannabis juicinig, we recommend to read our full guide “Raw cannabis juicing: a guide to the green elixir of life”
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