These days, it’s hard to pass a store, read an email or scroll through Instagram without seeing ads, articles or promotions for CBD—and with all the benefits this hemp-derived cannabinoid delivers, it’s no wonder.
But there’s a “new” cannabinoid that’s getting attention, and we can’t wait to see where it leads. Haven’t heard of THCa? Keep reading—and get ready to discover just one more reason we’re so passionate about the Cannabis sativa plant.
What is THCa?
Like CBD—or cannabidiol—THCa is a cannabinoid compound derived from hemp, a plant in the Cannabis sativa family. And like CBD, THCa is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that works within the body’s endocannabinoid system—the system that governs functions like metabolism, pain, anxiety, and sleep—to bring the body to homeostasis.
THCa is actually a precursor to THC, the cannabinoid in marijuana that causes the feeling of being “high.” When THCa is exposed to heat, it converts to THC—but prior to that, this cannabinoid may hold great promise for our overall health. And while THCa is still being studied, it holds promise for helping to alleviate symptoms that can get in the way of feeling well.
What are the benefits of THCa?
While THCa is a relatively “new” discovery—meaning it has not been the focus of many scientific studies the way CBD has—both anecdotal evidence and early research suggest that it may hold similar benefits to CBD.
Those who take THCa have reported reduction in inflammation associated with arthritis and lupus, relief of nausea, improved appetite where it was once lacking, and managing insomnia. THCa has also been reported to help reduce pain and muscle spasms. Though more studies are needed, the early indicators point to this cannabinoid being beneficial to an overall wellness regimen.
The future of THCa cannabinoid
"Though the anecdotal evidence of THCa is positive, we’re excited that it can now be studied properly to really explore the health benefits of this cannabinoid,” says MASK CBD Skincare founder Sarah Mirsini.
“We look forward to learning more about THCa and how it can best serve our health. It’s such an exciting time for the cannabinoid industry—the sky is the limit now that these compounds can be studied legally and properly.”
With the passage of the Farm Bill in 2018, hemp was legalized, paving the way for scientists to finally study the plant and the benefits of its cannabinoids. The ability to research THCa and conduct experiments on its efficacy means the future of this cannabinoid is only just beginning—and we look forward to seeing where it leads.