The Difference Between THC, THCA, and THCV
Many of us only know that marijuana contains THC that has psychoactive effects on those who take it. 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. If you want to know the difference between these three compounds then read on below.
THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is one of the components of marijuana that is best known and the most studied. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. Recreational users of THC look for this high feeling that they get from it.
There are many health benefits that THC gives including 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. When these patients smoke THC-rich cannabis twice per day, they showed clinical improvement after 8 weeks of smoking.
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.
Tetrahydrocanninolic acid or THCA is not psychoactive. If THC is not heated, then you get THCA. If you think you can get high eating uncooked marijuana, then you will greatly be disappointed. THCA is very important even if it is not psychoactive. This is important to medical marijuana users who need large doses of cannabinoids without the high. THCA provides many health benefits including reducing inflammation, controlling nausea and vomiting, protecting brain cells, controlling seizures, stimulating appetite, inhibiting cancer growth, and more.
It is not possible to treat chronic pain, cancer, and autoimmune disease with THCA preparations. If you want to that THCA, then it can be taken as fresh cannabis juice or alcohol-based extract. There are many products being made from THCA and as research progresses more will become available that will reveal 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 perfect for people who want to lose weight because one of its effects is to decrease appetite. 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.
What differentiates THC from CBD is its psychoactive qualities. CBD is not psychoactive unlike THC. If it is safe to use products that contain CBD in your daily life. 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.