Many patients know of certain cannabinoids such as THC and CBD. What many people do not know is THC and CBD are just two of over 113 cannabinoids that have been identified in marijuana.
Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) and cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) are the two most prominent cannabinoids found within the trichomes of living cannabis plants. Regarding THCA, a carboxylic acid describes a molecular structure that includes a carbon and oxygen molecule. The process of removing the carbon and oxygen molecules, known as decarboxylation, is done simply by adding heat.
THCA has been shown to be effective for regulating the functions that support the endocannabinoid system while reducing pain caused by inflammation.
Vaporizing will instantaneously decarboxylate cannabinoids due to the extremely high temperatures present, making them instantly available for absorption through inhalation. Those who wish to rapidly activate their cannabinoids often do so through vaporization and a process known as dabbing. Many people choose to heat their cannabis at slightly lower temperatures to preserve the terpenes.
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