THCA has been closely compared to THC, but these days most describe THCA as the precursor to THC. While it's easy to get the two confused, it's important to know they produce very different effects when consumed.
The most common cannabinoid found in the raw cannabis plant. Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, or THCA, is non-intoxicating but converts into intoxicating THC when exposed to heat through a process called decarboxylation. Research indicates that THCA may have its own medicinal potential in anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, and antiemetic treatment.