Cannabis, like all botanicals, is complex and unique. We are learning more and more about the full benefits this plant has to offer. While many are familiar with THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound responsible for the intoxicating effect of Cannabis, THCa, or Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid affects the body in a similar way as THC, just without the notable head changes or other mental effects. This makes products that focus on THCa an obvious choice for anyone who wants the body supporting benefits of Cannabis, while maintaining cerebral clarity.
THC is responsible for the head high feeling cannabis provides. When there is a desire to utilize the beneficial compounds within cannabis without experiencing a high, THCa is the best recommendation.
Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, or THCa, is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis. Some products are marketed specifically for their THCa. Products like these deliver THCa’s benefits without the risk of psychoactive effects, and as THCa gains notoriety, we’re likely to see this trend grow.
In order to produce the “high” the THC cannabinoid is famous for, THC must be heated up in a process known as decarboxylation, something that happens when you smoke or vaporize cannabis flower. Basically, this is why you can eat all the dry marijuana flowers you want and may not feel any psychoactive effects. Just because THCa doesn’t get you “high”, it doesn’t mean it isn’t an important cannabinoid and should be considered just as valuable as the over one-hundred other medicinal constituents found in Cannabis.
When fresh cannabis flowers (buds) begin to dry, THCa begins to break down in a natural degradation process. THCa products must be made with the freshest possible plant material in order to maximize the amount of THCa available for the final product.
One simple way to enjoy the benefits of THCa is in the Raw and Fresh tincture, limited edition and seasonally processed, by Sun God Medicinals. The freshly harvested flowers are cold-pressed in a carefully executed extraction process, as to maintain the therapeutic value of all of the Cannabinoid acids, and is then preserved with organic cane alcohol and a touch of local honey for a sweet finish.
Other ways to consume raw cannabis include juicing fresh flowers or leaves into your favorite smoothie, or adding fresh leaves to the juices you make at home. The fresh harvested leaves are either cold-pressed or juiced to release the nutritious and medicinal nectar from the plant, and this liquid can be infused into beverages, honeys and tinctures, or used as is and enjoyed. Adding dried cannabis flower is not recommended, as it will have begun to degrade the valuable THCa content during the drying process.
There are so many ways to incorporate this whole-plant, botanical medicine into your life and start to see the positive benefits of this herbal remedy. By educating ourselves on the active compounds in Cannabis, and how they interact with our bodies, we can determine the best ways to use this wonderful herb to obtain our desired medicinal effects.