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What is THCa?

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So you’ve seen the term THCa being used on our site but you aren’t sure what is is. THCa is tetrahydrocannabinolic acid. When cannabis is harvested and raw, there is almost none of the intoxicating cannabinoid, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). What we do find in raw cannabis is a wealth of tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCa), an inactive compound found within the trichomes of living cannabis plants.

What is THCa used for?

  • It has anti-inflammatory properties  – A 2011 study published in the Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin suggested that, along with other cannabinoids, THCA demonstrated anti-inflammatory properties.
  • It has anti-proliferative properties – A 2013 study that analyzed cell cultures and animal models concluded that THCA could prevent the spread of prostate cancer cells.
  • It has neuroprotective properties – In a 2012 preclinical study published in Phytomedicine, researchers found that THCA showed the ability to help protect against neurodegenerative diseases.
  • It has antiemetic properties (increasing appetite and decreasing nausea) – A  2013 study conducted by researchers at the University of Guelph in Ontario found that both THCA and CBDA were effective in reducing nausea and vomiting in rat models, even more so than THC and CBD, respectively. – Source Credit

What is THCa

What is the difference between THCa and THC?


  • Non-psychoactive
  • Binds to CB1 and CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system
  • Can relax an upset stomach
  • Stimulates the production of endocannabinoids
  • Has soothing properties
  • Aids the functions of the nervous system


  • Psychoactive – what we know as the “high effect”
  • Binds to CB1 & CB2 receptors of the cannabinoid system especially the CB1 network
  • May elevate the mood, more so than CBD

THCa tinctures can be used during the day if you want to remain calm and comfortable but not feel “sleepy” – and when in alcohol takes a short 15 seconds to begin working.

Because the THC has not been activated, this product is high CBD but has no psychoactive properties.

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