What Is THCa? Benefits and How to use THCa Flower
23rd Feb 2023
You may consider yourself relatively well versed where CBD and THC are concerned. Perhaps you've educated yourself on the endocannabinoid system, terpenes, and the like. Lately, however, there's a new compound in town, and it is referred to as THCa.
The truth is that THCa isn’t actually new. As the precursor to Delta 9 THC, THCa has been around for just as long as D9. The difference is that it hasn’t gotten as much mainstream attention, and therefore has not been as widely used as its counterpart.
Cannabis plants produce over 100 different cannabinoids, many of which provide unique experiences to users based on how they consume them. Cannabinoids in their raw form act differently from their transformed state. This is an important thing to keep in mind as you move along your journey of learning about what THCa is and how it could benefit you.
What is THCa?
Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid – THCA – is actually THC's acidic form. cannabinoids and terpenes develop as buds grow on maturing cannabis plants. CBGa is the first one to develop, followed by CBDa and THCa.
When ingested in its raw, original state, THCa flower does not have intoxicating properties. This is because it contains just one more carboxyl group than THC. Remove that carboxyl group, however, and everything changes.
Luckily enough, removing that carboxyl group is relatively easy through a process called decarboxylation. Exposing THCa to a certain amount of sunlight and heat (through cooking, dabbing, vaping, or smoking) can result in the removal of that carboxyl group, transforming a good portion of THCa into THC.
Potential Benefits of THCa
Are you familiar with the benefits people experience with THC? If so, you’re in luck because most, if not all of them transfer over to THCa once it becomes THC. From helping with stress relief to potential pain management, the possible benefits are plentiful.
Anecdotal evidence from individual users suggests that THCa may help:
- Offer some potential neuroprotective qualities.
- Provide pain relief in the same way that THC does.
- Offer reprieve for gastrointestinal conditions such as IBS and colitis.
- With chronic or acute inflammation.
- …and more!
THCa – How to Use It
THCa is accessible through raw cannabis, but the best way to get most of its benefits is to smoke, vape, or decarb THCa so it becomes THC. There are various THCa flower strains available, many of which we offer right here at Hemp Generation. Looking for a hybrid strain? Try out our premium indoor-grown THCa Flower Gelato 41
Drug Tests and Legalities of THCa Flower
The thorny subject of legality is currently being debated where THCa is concerned. Before ordering and using any THCa products, it is always highly advisable to double check with your state and local regulations. North Carolina abides by the 2018 Farm Bill, but each state has their own rules of hemp and marijuana legalities.
Furthermore, if drug tests are a concern for you, it’s best to steer clear of all cannabis products, including THC and THCa, prior to testing.
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