Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA): The Raw Cannabinoid For Pain - Part 1

Photo Credit: MassRoots

Photo Credit: MassRoots

A majority of cannabis users and medical marijuana patients will heat their marijuana to activate its cannabinoids in a process called decarboxylation. What many don't know, however, is that some of marijuana's raw and unheated compounds can also produce therapeutic effects. One such compound is the acidic form and antecedent of THC, known as tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA). Unlike THC, it's raw and acidic form does not produce any psychoactive effects. It is safe and known for its ability to ease pain and sooth an upset stomach. While many pass by THCA, the compound has its own valuable therapeutic and nutritional attributes that should not be overlooked. 

So how can you get a good dose of THCA if you're not applying heat to cannabis for consumption? One method patients can take advantage of is cannabis juicing. Another is through the creation of raw cannabis oil, which are usually sold in an oral syringe or capsules and can be consumed like any dietary supplement. Patients can also create uncooked edibles, like salads or salad dressings. 

In our next post, we will take a deeper look at just what these valuable attributes are. This information has been provided by MassRoots and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.