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Different Types of Cannabinoids: THCA, THC, and Delta 9

Endocannabinoids are naturally found throughout your body. In each tissue, the ECS performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis (stability of your body’s systems). Endocannabinoids play a part in this balancing of the body.
What do THC, THCA, and Delta 9 have in common? All three share a similar chemical composition.


Everyone is familiar with the common cannabinoid THC, however, did you know that it comes from a raw acid compound called THCa?
THC is a cannabinoid that activates neurons responsible for pleasure, memory, and thinking. THC differs from CBD in that it causes you to feel “high” and is still illegal in many states. Potential health benefits of THC include managing pain and helping people sleep.

Benefits of THC

● Reduces nausea
● Eases migraine
● Reduces anxiety
● Eases depression


THCA is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis. The health benefits provided by THCA are most well absorbed by the body through a raw method of consumption such as cannabis juicing.
When the raw form THCA is heated, it is converted into THC through the process of decarboxylation. There are many ways for that to happen that include sunlight exposure, room temperature, and heat.

Benefits of THCa

● Relieve inflammation
● Reduces pain
● Neuroprotective

Delta 9

Delta 9 THC is the cannabinoid that most cannabis consumers are searching for when they want to get a euphoric high. Delta 9 binds with CB-1 receptors in the brain and can produce strong psychoactive effects like elation, relaxation, talkativeness, and laughter.

Benefits of Delta 9

● Relaxation
● Improve appetite
● Increase libido

Learn more about different cannabinoids and their effect on humans with our “What is The Endocannabinoid System?” blog by visiting PurpleLotus.com.

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