Welcome to the captivating world of cannabis chemistry, where we’re about to unravel the confusion surrounding THCA . Working in the marijuana industry, we often have conversations with customers who are expressing bewilderment over what appears to be a low THC percentage in their flower or concentrate.
This same confusion is how the 2018 Agriculture Improvement Act essentially legalized most forms of cannabis nationwide, with the current rise of THCA hemp products.
In this comprehensive guide, we delve deep into both the science of THCA, and the lucrative loophole industry lawmakers created by refusing to understand cannabis science.
THCA, or Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid, is a precursor to Delta 9 THC (Delta 9 Tetrahydrocannabinol; or just THC for short), the psychoactive compound most commonly associated with cannabis. Found abundantly in the raw cannabis plant, THCA undergoes a transformation when exposed to heat, a process known as decarboxylation. This conversion results in the formation of Delta 9 THC, the chemical responsible for the euphoric high associated with cannabis consumption.
A Regular Topic At The Dispensary
Working in a dispensary has been an eye-opening experience for many of us. Customers often approach the counter, puzzled by the seemingly low THC content on the product labels. At least one phone call a day will be a complaint from someone who purchased earlier and is now discovering the lab analysis shows THCA instead of Delta 9 THC. We’ve had countless conversations that go something like this:
Customer: “Why is this strain’s THC so low? Is it even worth trying?”
Us: “Well, this label shows the THCA content, which is different from the activated THC. When you heat or smoke the flower, that THCA transforms into Delta 9 THC, and you’ll experience the effects you’re looking for.”
Customer: Surprised & Unsure “Oh, I had no idea…”
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THCA Hemp – The Legal Loophole
In recent years, there’s been a surge in the popularity of legal THCA hemp products. These products are generally considered legal due to their low Delta 9 THC content, taking advantage of the 2018 Agriculture Improvement Act (aka “The Farm Bill”).
While the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp with a Delta 9 THC content of 0.3% or less, these THCA hemp products often contain levels of THCA that, when decarboxylated, can yield THC concentrations well above cannabis you’d find in a dispensary! It’s a legal gray area that highlights the complexities of cannabis regulation. To make a long story short, the “hemp” THCA flower you’re starting to see online is simply good ol’ fashioned weed!
Can I Legally Buy THCA Hemp Flower and Concentrates Online?
Absolutely, yes! – For those wondering “where can I buy legal THCA products from a trusted source?”, check out our partner Dr. Ganja.* They offer an insane amount of lab tested THCA hemp products; from 100% legal THCA flower to THCA vapes and rosins, crumbles, shatters, and more. Dr. Ganja* truly has a THCA something for everyone!
Q. Is THCA legal?
A. THCA is legal in all 50 states (whether it be through Hemp THCA or Medical/Recreational Marijuana … it’s all the same).
Q. Can I get high from consuming THCA?
A. When you add heat to THCA it converts to Delta 9 THC, which is responsible for the traditional cannabis high.
Q. Are there any side effects of THCA?
A. While research is ongoing, THCA is generally considered safe with minimal side effects.
Q. Where can I find THCA and THCA hemp products?
A. THCA products can be found in medical/recreational dispensaries -and- THCA hemp flower and concentrates can be found from reputable online retailers such as Dr. Ganja.*
So there you have it—the intriguing tale of THCA and THC, with a dash of budtender experience, and a glimpse into the world of THCA hemp. Remember, when you don’t see THC on a label, it’s not the end of the story. It’s just the beginning of the magic that unfolds when you apply a little heat.🌿💨🔥