Can I get a buzz from THCA?

Can I get a buzz from THCA?

Oct 18th 2023

Understanding THC and THCA 

THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the most famous cannabinoid in cannabis. It's the compound responsible for the "high" that many associate with marijuana use. When heated, THC undergoes a process called decarboxylation, which converts THCA into THC. This is why dried and heated cannabis, such as when smoked or vaped, has psychoactive effects.

Well what about THCA?  (Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid) is the precursor to THC. In its natural state, THCA is non-psychoactive, which means it won't get you high. THCA must be decarboxylated, typically by applying heat, to become THC. As a result, raw or unheated cannabis products contain THCA.

The Role of THC and THCA in the Cannabis Plant:

These cannabinoids are just two of over 100 identified in cannabis. They are produced in the trichomes, the tiny resinous glands found on the plant's flowers and leaves. The presence of these cannabinoids plays a vital role in the plant's defense mechanisms, acting as a deterrent for herbivores and pests.

As cannabis enthusiasts and researchers continue to explore the potential therapeutic benefits of these compounds, it's essential to differentiate between THC and THCA, particularly when considering medical or recreational cannabis use. THC and THCA are two unique properties and potential benefits. The key distinction lies in their psychoactive effects, with THC being the compound responsible for the famous cannabis "high." THCA, on the other hand, offers potential therapeutic benefits in its raw form without any of the "high".

How can a hemp company sell THCA?

The 2018 Farm Bill specifies 0.3% total Tetrahydrocannabinol on a dry weight. As long as hemp companies keep the Delta 9 THC levels below that they can produce THC products, and as you can see above THCA on it's own is non-psychoactive, but once converted by the end user it becomes a version of tetrahydrocannabinol.  

Disclaimer: This blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Please consult a healthcare professional before using cannabis for medical purposes.