Is the THC-A in the trichomes decarboxylated to THC? If not, how does it work to reduce pain/inflammation?
Answer - Sweet ReLeaf Advocate
Very good question! We do decarboxylate some THC-A into THC for the strong analgesic/pain management effects. However, we also add a portion of THC-A for its anti-inflammatory effects, amongst many others. Our proprietary ratio of the two cannabinoids helps make Sweet ReLeaf so effective.
Answer - theslumpyman
Research suggests THCA has anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects but does not produce the psychoactive effect that make you feel “high”. This “high” is from the cannabinoid THC, of which little if any is found when cannabis is growing or recently harvested.
Decarboxylation is a chemical reaction that releases carbon dioxide (CO2). This means a chemical reaction takes place in which carboxylic acids loose a carbon atom from a carbon chain. This process converts THCA to THC, the much loved compound with many medicinal and psychoactive effects. When the cannabis drys, it very very slowly begins to decarboxylate and converts THCA to THC.