THCA is short for tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, the raw precursor to delta 9 THC. THCA is present in raw cannabis, and once it’s heated, it becomes delta 9 THC. On top of all of that, THCA products that come from hemp are 100% compliant with federal law, offering something of a legal workaround the restrictions placed on cannabis, and THC in particular.
THCA vapes actually produce a delta 9 THC high, because heating THCA through vaporization converts the cannabinoid into THC. And, at The Calm Leaf, we offer a large selection of both vape cartridges and disposable vapes that are made with pure, lab-tested THCA and terpenes (including live resin). With a huge choice of strains, you’ll be able to enjoy vaping this cannabinoid while knowing you’re buying from trusted brands like Hemplitude, Binoid, ELYXR, and more.
What is THCA?
THCA stands for Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid. It’s a non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant that is the precursor to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the well-known psychoactive compound.
Is THCA Psychoactive?
No, THCA itself is not psychoactive. It only becomes psychoactive when it’s decarboxylated, typically through heat or time, converting it into THC.
How is THCA Different from THC?
THCA and THC have similar chemical structures but different properties. THCA is the acidic form found in raw cannabis, while THC is the psychoactive form that results from THCA's decarboxylation.
What is the Boiling Point of THCA?
THCA's boiling point is around 220-240°C (428-464°F). This is the temperature range at which it starts to decarboxylate into THC.
What are the Potential Benefits of THCA?
Research suggests that THCA may have anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, and antiemetic (anti-nausea) properties. However, more studies are needed to fully understand its therapeutic potential.
Are There Any Side Effects of THCA?
THCA is generally considered to be alright to take, but like other cannabis compounds, it may cause side effects such as dizziness, dry mouth, or fatigue in some individuals.
What Types of THCA Products Are There?
THCA can be found in the following:
- Flower (Loose Buds, Moonrocks, and Pre-Rolls)
- Vapes (Disposable Vape Pens and Pre-Filled Cartridges)
- Edibles (Gummies, Candies, Baked Goods, etc.)
- THCA Capsules
- THCA Concentrates (Dabs, Wax, and Shatter)
Can THCA Be Used in Combination with Other Cannabinoids?
Yes, some individuals use THCA in combination with other cannabinoids. There are even hemp products available on the marketplace that already combine THCA with other cannabinoids (sometimes at a higher or lower percentage of THCA depending upon the product type, other cannabinoids being used, and the company themselves who manufacture the product).
Does THCA Show Up on Drug Tests?
THCA typically does not result in positive drug test results since standard drug tests usually target THC. However, it is essential to be cautious as some tests may cross-react with THCA.
Is THCA Legal?
On a federal level, thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, THCA is legal. Still, certain states have restrictions on THCA, so always check local laws and regulations.
How Much THCA Should I Take?
When it comes to dosing, it’s best for those new to this cannabinoid who came from taking other cannabinoids to start low and slow, as they build up a tolerance. Generally, you should follow the instructions on the package, which will tell you the appropriate amount of THCA to take for the best results.
Is THCA Right for Beginners?
THCA is better suited for more intermediate to experience hemp users due to its effects (before being heated and turning into THC) being stronger than CBD.
Can You Overdose on THCA?
There are no known cases of fatal overdose from THCA. However, consuming large amounts of THCA or cannabis products may lead to discomfort and adverse effects.
Is it Okay to Drive After Taking THCA?
While THCA is often described as a non-psychoactive precursor to THC, that doesn't necessarily mean it has no impact on one's faculties. When heated, THCA can convert to THC, which is psychoactive. If someone consumes THCA and then heats it to then be consumed/inhaled into their body, then they could inadvertently be consuming THC. Also, different people may metabolize or react to substances in unique ways. Just because one person feels fine after taking a substance doesn't mean everyone will.
Laws regarding driving under the influence of drugs vary by jurisdiction. Some places might have zero-tolerance policies, while others may have set limits similar to blood alcohol content regulations for alcohol. Always check local regulations before driving after consuming any potentially psychoactive substance.
How Can THCA Be Preserved?
THCA can degrade over time when exposed to heat, light, and air. To preserve its content, it's best to store cannabis in a cool, dark place, ideally in an airtight container. Also, how long it lasts depends upon the product form its in.