Cannabinoid Comparison: THCa vs THC

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What is THCa and How Does It Differ From THC?

Have you ever tasted raw cannabis? Well, how about raw cannabis? THC-A is one of the main compounds in marijuana, and research suggests that it can improve your overall well being. So, what is THCa and how does it differ in comparison to THC?

Unheated, fresh cannabis is super abundant in compounds called cannabinoid acids. Unlike the heated and cured herb, cannabinoid acids will not give you that euphoric feeling (unless you eat *copious* amounts of it). THC-A provides a great deal of health benefits without any change in consciousness. It is also is one of the richest cannabinoid acids, often appearing up to 20 percent of the bud.

As the bud dries, THC-A slowly converts into the psychoactive cannabinoid, THC. When heat is applied to the crystalline, the conversion process is sped up. This known as decarboxylation, a fancy term for what happens to the plant material when it is smoked, cooked, or vaporized.

Now that you know the difference between THC and THCa, will that effect how you consume you cannabis? There are a few products out on the market that can decarboxylate the herb for you. You can also just heat the cannabis in the oven at 225 F for 50 minutes. After the process is complete, you can add it to your favorite foods such as pizza, cereal, and even yogurt!

Many people do not like the idea of eating raw cannabis due to its taste, but if you are up for trying new things then you should consider giving this method a shot! Come back to The Happy Campers for all your latest cannabis news and findings.

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