The Difference Between THC, THCA, and THCV
When we speak of marijuana, we know that it contains THC that is its psychoactive element. Now we learn about other substances related to THC that are also very 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.
The health benefits of THC include relief from pain, nausea, and vomiting, asthma attacks, insomnia, PTSD, and glaucoma symptoms. Appetite is stimulated with THC and in clinic studies of patient’s with Crohn’s disease, it has shown to have positive results. Patients that have smoked THC-rich cannabis twice daily showed clinical improvements after 8 weeks of smoking.
Contrary to belief, THC does not kill brain cells. It has been found rather that it 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 THC is not heated, then you get 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. There are many health benefits that THCA provides including reduced inflammation, control of nausea and vomiting, protection of brain cells, control of seizures, stimulation of appetite, inhibition of cancer growth, and a lot more.
Ailments such as chronic pain, cancer, and autoimmune disease can now be treated with THCA preparations. If you want to that THCA, then it can be taken as fresh cannabis juice or alcohol-based extract. Today, research is still ongoing on the many benefits of THCA and so products will soon be coming out that is a result of this.
The sportscar of cannabinoids is THCV or tetrahydrocannabivarin. It is a lot stronger than THC when it comes to its psychoactive effects. 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.
THC is also different from CBD in its psychoactive qualities. CBD does not have the intoxicating effects of THC. So, CBD-only products are safe to use as you go about your daily life. THC gives users the typical high associated with cannabis use, so it should be used with greater caution.