10 Key Things To Know About THCA And Delta 8

THCA and delta 8

Posted on November 26th, 2021

What’s the difference between THCA and Delta 8? And why does it matter? Well, if you visit an organic supplement  review site, you’ll find it awash with positive reviews of cannabinoid compounds. Ongoing research suggests that cannabinoids may provide a host of health benefits if properly consumed.

But there are hundreds of these compounds in hemp and marijuana varieties of cannabis. So how can you choose between popular extracts like THCA and Delta 8? This blog will help you make a decision!

THCA and Delta 8: A Peek Inside Cannabis Plants

THCA and delta 8
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As we just said, cannabis sativa plants contain hundreds of cannabinoid compounds. But some are more predominant, while others may be more effective at managing specific health conditions. It’s also worth noting that some compounds are inactive in growing plants. So you’ll have to activate them in order to access any potential benefits. (But we’ll get back to that point later.)

For now, consider this. THCA and Delta 8  are two of the main chemical compounds in cannabis plant varieties. And this article will discuss each compound in detail. The goal? To help you to understand how they occur in nature while identifying their prime uses and potential benefits.

Key Cannabis Facts to Understand Right Now

1. Marijuana and hemp plants contain hundreds of inactive chemical compounds

2. Ongoing research suggests that most (if not all) of these chemical compounds have the potential to mitigate symptoms of various health conditions.

3. Researchers suggest that Cannabidiol (CBD), Cannabigerol (CBG) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the three most beneficial cannabinoids.

4. Those compounds don’t occur naturally in raw cannabis plants. Rather, they’re present inactively, in acid form. That’s why, in raw cannabis plants, we find Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid (THCA), CBGA and CBDA. Further processing happens before these acids may be consumed.

5. CBD and CBG are non-psychoactive. That means they won’t make you feel high on consumption.

6. THC is the psychoactive compound in cannabis plants.

7. You can produce cannabis products with or without THC.

And, with that said, we can now delve deeper into THCA and Delta 8 THC.

What Is THCA?

Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid (THCA) is a chemical compound. It’s present in the trichomes of growing/raw cannabis plants.

THCA is the precursor to THC. (As a reminder, that’s the psychoactive compound in cannabis.)  Ongoing research suggests that consuming raw cannabinoids can be beneficial. But THCA doesn’t deliver THC’s benefits. And that’s because THCA is composed of huge chemical molecules that cannot bind with CB1 receptors in your body.

Still, if you consume raw cannabis plants by juicing your smoothies or eating raw salads, you can still access THCA benefits.

Potential THCA Benefits

Research into this compound is still early. But so far, we believe using THCA may reduce symptoms of fibromyalgia and arthritis. Additionally, it may combat chronic pain. And, because it as an anti-inflammatory properties, it may improve conditions such as fatty liver disease

Ongoing studies suggest THCA may slow neurodegenerative ailments such as Alzheimer’s. And users believe that it
can help reduce nausea, boost appetite or even lower your risk for diabetes and obesity

Remember, THCA is the precursor to THC. We can convert THCA molecules into usable THC through a process known as decarboxylation. This is when we remove a group of THCA’s carboxylic acids so that its chemical structure becomes the same as THC’s.

Decarboxylation Techniques

1. Baking

This technique is ideal for making edibles. To convert THCA to THC, grind your weed, spread it onto parchment paper and place it into your oven. Heat the oven to 230 degrees Fahrenheit for around 30 – 45 minutes

2. Exposure to sunlight

When exposed to sunlight, THCA eventually converts to THC over time

3. Smoking

When you introduce high heat levels to raw cannabis plants with high THCA levels, they quickly convert to THC.

4. Leaving it to convert at room temperature

THCA converts to THC at room temperature when stored in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight. To reduce the amount of time for conversion to take place, soak the THCA in ethanol or olive oil.

5. Vaporizing

You can also turn THCA into THC by vaporizing at controlled temperatures. (With a maximum of 315 degrees Fahrenheit) Note that excessive heat removes terpenes and other useful cannabinoids from your buds and hemp flowers.

What Is Delta 8 THC? Is Delta 8 CBD - delta 8

Delta 8 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a naturally occurring form of THC. It has mild psychoative properties, so you may experience relaxation, euphoria or a mild high with this cannabinoid.

Delta 8 THC is often confused with Delta 9 THC. But the main difference is that Delta 8 THC occurs naturally in relatively low amounts while Delta 9 THC occurs in high amounts. And the former is less psychoactive than the latter.

Though research is still ongoing, current data suggests that Delta 8 THC may curb depression and anxiety. And patients undergoing cancer treatment may benefit from its ability to curb nausea. (Plus it may boost appetite levels and even help manage chronic pain.)

Is Delta 8 THC Legal?

Delta 8 THC is a relatively new cannabinoid. So its use and legality is still shrouded in a bit of mystery.

According to the Federal Farm Bill (2018) it is legal to farm and produce hemp-sourced cannabinoid products  that contain less than 0.3% Delta 9 THC. The act does not specifically mention Delta 8 THC anywhere. (Hence, the confusion.)

Some hemp enthusiasts believe that Delta 8 THC is legal if sourced from plants with less than 0.3% Delta 9 THC. They also believe that natural, not synthetic, Delta 8 THC can be included in any cannabinoid product without breaking the law.

It is still worth noting that Delta 8 THC is not FDA-regulated. In fact, the FDA has issued advisory warnings on its use.  Potential risks include dry mouth, red eyes and memory loss. You may also notice an increased heart rate, trouble with coordination or increased anxiety.

Buy High-Quality THCA and Delta 8 THC Products

With the increased number of retailers of cannabinoid products, you may be wondering where you can source quality cannabinoid products produced under the most stringent, safest and hygienic conditions. Well, all you need to do is check out our product offerings here at www.tanasi.com today.

Before you buy any cannabinoid products from any retailer, we strongly advise that you:

– Buy cannabinoid products made from cannabis plants grown in the United States
– Buy from a product manufacturer that carries out a third party testing on all their product offerings at an independent lab that is ISO 17025 compliant
– Deal with a retailer who can produce a Certificate of Analysis on the cannabis plants used in making cannabis products. The certificate should show that the products are made from plants containing less than 0.3% THC

To check out our wide range of products including CBG, CBD, THCA and other cannabinoids, visit www.tanasi.com today.

 

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