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THCa stands for Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid, which is the precursor to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive compound found in cannabis. In its raw, unheated form, the cannabis plant primarily produces THCa rather than THC. THCa only converts to THC through a process called decarboxylation, which involves the application of heat.When cannabis is smoked, vaporized, or heated during cooking (e.g., baking in edibles), THCa undergoes decarboxylation, transforming into THC. This is the form of THC that interacts with the endocannabinoid system in the human body, producing the well-known psychoactive effects associated with cannabis consumption. It is important to distinguish between THCa and THC, as THCa itself is not psychoactive. Some individuals seek out products with high THCa content, particularly in raw cannabis or certain tinctures, for potential therapeutic benefits without the typical psychoactive effects associated with THC.

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