The Difference Between 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. Thus, we have THCA and THCV aside from THC to think about. Below we will see the difference between these three compounds.
Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is the most known and the most studied component of marijuana. In cannabis, it is the primary psychoactive ingredient. This is the component that makes you have that high feeling that is being sought by recreational users today.
There are many health benefits that THC gives including 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. These patients smoked THC_rich cannabis twice daily for 8 weeks and they showed great clinical improvements afterward.
Contrary to belief, THC does not kill brain cells. However, THC has neuroprotective qualities and the ability to promote the growth of new brain cells.
The component of marijuana that is not psychoactive is tetrahydrocanninolic acid or TCHA. 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. There are many benefits you can get from THCA although 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.
THCA preparations are now being used to treat ailments such as chronic pain, cancer, and autoimmune diseases. THCA 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.
The sportscar of cannabinoids is THCV or tetrahydrocannabivarin. It has highly euphoric effects and is more psychedelic than THC. THCV is found to decrease appetite and is perfect for those who want to lose weight. The effects of THCV in the treatment of diseases is still being studied and this includes controlling anxiety and panic, stimulating bone cell growth, and reducing tremors and brain lesions in Parkinson’s disease.
The psychoactive qualities of THC and CBD are different. CBD is not psychoactive unlike THC. Many people today use CBD in their daily lives without experiencing any side effects. On the other hand, THC gives users that high that they look for in the use of cannabis should there should be great caution taking it in.