The cannabis concentrates market might seem a little bit confusing to you at first, but once you know, you just know. If you’re reading this article, chances are you will already know about two of the major cannabis compounds – cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Now, let me enlighten you about other cannabinoids that are produced naturally by the cannabis plant predominantly in the trichomes – tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) and cannabidiolic acid (CBDA). THCA and CBDA concentrates are some of the purest on the market today. When extracted into a crystal-like product, the result is called “crystalline”.
What is THCA?
THCA is the THC compound’s precursor. Unlike THC, THCA is non-psychoactive. However, this is only true when THCA is not heated, since the heat will break it down into THC, a process called decarboxylation, since it loses its carboxyl group. Age will also break THCA down.
What is CBDA?
CBDA is the CBD compound’s precursor. Just like THCA turns to THC when heated or aged, CBDA decarboxylates to CBD. Found in raw cannabis, CBDA can provide abundant health benefits, thanks to it’s natural anti-proliferative, antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Surprisingly, CBDA does not stimulate the endocannabinoid system quite likes its precursor does. The effects become noticeable when enzymes and receptors in the body interact with the cannabinoid.
The Benefits of Using THCA and CBDA Crystalline
Although the medical uses of THCA are not widely known, research continues. In the few existing studies, results have shown an improvement on inflammation. What’s more, THCA has been shown to decrease nausea and vomiting in animals. Since animals have the same endocannabinoid systems inside their body as us humans do, this is a good indication of what THCA crystalline can do for you. It may also prove useful at treating neurodegenerative disorders.
So, what about CBDA? Useful in the treatment of skin, CBDA can be used to relieve hot flashes, mood swings and irritability in menopausal women. Beneficial for the improvement of gum and tooth health, CBDA has not revealed any side effects when used normally. Crystalline is consumed by means of dabbing, which requires inhalation into the lungs. Consider this before using THCA or CBDA crystalline.