THCA: The Unactivated Cannabinoid

THCA: The Unactivated Cannabinoid

Jun 23, 2023Garett kates

You may have seen THCA products popping up in your local shops and on social media. But what is it exactly? The hemp industry is full of innovation and new products are appearing all the time. We are here to help you understand and navigate the growing hemp market to find safe and effective products. Let's delve into THCA here. 

Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) is the non-activated form of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the most well-known cannabinoid found in cannabis. THCA is the precursor to THC, and it is found in high concentrations in fresh, undried cannabis plants. As the plant matures, THCA is converted to THC through a process called decarboxylation, which occurs when the plant is exposed to heat or light.


THCA has a number of potential therapeutic benefits, and it is being studied, but not yet confirmed, for its possible ability to treat* a variety of conditions, including chronic pain, inflammation, and nausea. THCA is also non-psychoactive, meaning that it does not produce the "high" associated with THC.

How does One Consume THCA?

There are a few ways to take THCA. One way is to consume raw cannabis. This can be done by eating fresh cannabis leaves or buds, or by juicing them. Although uncommon, this is the best way to consume THCA as an edible. The compound is transformed by heat, so other traditional edible forms like candy and baked goods are not an effective way to observe the effects of THCA. The most common way to take THCA is to use a cannabis concentrate that is high in THCA. These concentrates can be dabbed, smoked, or vaporized. 

What are the Side Effects of THCA?

THCA is generally well-tolerated, but it can cause some side effects, such as dry mouth, red eyes, and dizziness. These side effects are usually mild and go away on their own.

Is THCA Legal?

The legality of THCA varies from state to state. In some states, THCA is considered a legal cannabinoid, while in other states it is considered a Schedule I drug. It is important to check the laws in your state before consuming or possessing THCA.

Let's summarize!

THCA is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid with potential therapeutic benefits. There are a few ways to take THCA, and it is generally well-tolerated. The legality of THCA varies from state to state.


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