What Is THCA Flower?
Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid or THCA is one phytocannabinoid out of over 100 compounds and counting that are found in the cannabis plant. It is considered to be the precursor of the more well-known cannabinoid THC.
How Does THCA Develop in the Cannabis Plant?
CBGA is known as the “mother” of all cannabinoids and it is the first compound to develop. The CBGA along with an enzyme known as THCA-synthase is what helps produce the THCA compound. THCA, CBGA and CBDA are the acidic forms of the well-known THC, CBD and CBG compounds.
As the plant ages, through natural heat and exposure to oxygen, carboxyl groups are slowly removed transferring these compounds into CBD, THC and CBG. The process of decarboxylation will then be necessary to completely activate the compounds.
Is THCA Hemp Flower Illegal?
Production of American grown hemp THCA flower is legal under the 2018 Hemp Farm Bill. It is not a federally banned substance as the Agricultural Improvement Act (Farm Bill) legally authorized the removal of hemp plants and seeds from the Drug Enforcement Administration schedule of controlled substances.
Will THCA Get Me High?
THCA does not deliver any type of euphoric effects when ingested raw. However, when THCA is exposed to heat during vaporization, combustion while smoking or dabbing, as well as from cooking, it will convert to THC through a process known as decarboxylation. As it is converted to THC, it will then bind to CB1 receptors and induce a type of euphoria.
What Is Considered “High Level” THCA?
Understanding the cannabinoid levels is helpful to understand what type of experience you will be looking forward to. When looking at the lab results the THCA content will be what you are looking for. Low to high levels of THCA flower are as follows:
|Rating Category||THCA Percentages|
|Extremely High||> 20%|
What Are The Benefits Of THCA?
THCA has shown high levels of anti-inflammatory properties, as well as a treatment for seizure prevention and anti-nausea. Some recent studies have found THCA to have anti-neurodegenerative properties and may be quite useful for treatment of Parkinson’s diseases and more.
What Is The Difference Between THCA and THC?
A precursor is something that precedes another. THCA is a precursor to THC, one of three major cannabinoids in acidic form that eventually transforms into THC through time, and exposure to heat and oxygen. This is how CBG, CBD and THC develop from their acidic forms.
Will THCA Show Up On A Drug Test?
Cannabis compounds always have the potential to elicit positive results during a drug test. If you plan on being tested or are tested regularly, you should avoid THCA.
How Do I Use THCA Hemp?
For those who are not interested in getting buzzed, there is an ongoing trend to consume hemp flower raw for the anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective benefits. Take the opportunity to add Ceiba Hemp into your morning smoothies, put it in your homemade salad dressings or on top of your salad with avocado. It is also excellent for making your own supplement capsules for quick on-the-go mornings or simplistic evening routines.
Of course grinding fresh hemp into your salads or smoothies are great options, but there are so many ways to consume this exceptional cannabinoid. It may be smoked, dabbed, vaporized as well. It can also be added to your favorite homemade pasta sauce or extracted in oils for salves or lotions. But remember, for tinctures, edibles or topical use, do not exceed temperatures over 245℉ or cook for longer than 40 minutes. Anything over 300 ℉ will extinguish cannabinoid content.
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