As someone who stays up-to-date on all things cannabis, you’re probably like us in that you’re always on the hunt for the latest and greatest thing. THCA is one of the newer compounds to hit the market, and with that comes a bit of uncertainty about what it can do. What is THCA? Are there side effects with THCA we should know about? These are important questions, both of which we’ll dive into.
What to Know About THCA
The first thing to cover is what THCA is in the first place. As the precursor to THC, Tetraydrocannabolic acid (THCA) becomes THC. By that, we mean that once THCA is decarboxylated, it loses the extra carboxyl group it contains, which transforms it into the THC we know and love.
In its preheated, raw state, THCA is not psychoactive and isn’t likely to produce side effects. Once exposed to light and heat, however, THCA goes through the decarboxylation process and consequently becomes the “high”-inducing compound many people use for anxiety, sleep, and to simply chill out.
What are the Benefits of THCA?
The benefits of THCA depend on the form in which you take it. In its unheated form, THCA may be useful as an anti-nausea/anti-vomiting aid, an inflammation aid, could help with inflammatory bowel disease, and may offer neuroprotective properties.
Once decarboxylated, THCA that turns into THC offers the same benefits as Delta-9 THC itself. Some of these include help with:
- Chronic pain
- Nausea and vomiting
Why Taking THCA Could Produce Side Effects
The main thing to note about THCA’s side effects is that they are unlikely to appear in THCA’s raw state. Most side effects of THCA come as a result of THCA turning into THC through decarboxylation. In that sense, the side effects of THCA are similar to those of THC. THCA’s side effects have not been actively studied in a scientific setting; instead, anecdotal evidence suggests that the most prevalent side effects users can expect to experience include:
- An energizing effect
- Heightened anxiety when taken in high doses
The Legality of THCA
For many people, the side effect they’re most concerned about when it comes to THCA is whether or not it will show up on a drug test. The answer is, unsurprisingly, not so clear cut. While THCA is federally legal and not listed as a controlled substance, the caveat is that it must be sourced from industrial hemp containing less than 0.3% THC. That means that if the THCA is derived from industrial hemp, it is legal. If it is derived from marijuana and exceeds 0.3% THC in its raw form, it may not be legal in all states.
The most important part of that scenario to most people is how or if it shows up on drug tests. THCA will most likely show up in urine and blood samples in the same way THC does, which means that if you’re looking for a negative result, this side effect could hinder that.
Where to Buy THCA Hemp Flower
Some people experience THCA side effects due to the strain, terpenes, or potency of the product. One of the great things about Black TIe CBD is that we sell a variety of THCA products, so you can experiment with different strains until you find the one that’s just right for you.
Some of our favorites include:
- Gushers (INDOOR) THC-A Hemp Flower. This indica-dominant hybrid is perfect for mood enhancement and a better sleep. Expect a sweet, doughy aroma followed by heavy undertones of gas in this highly dense THCA hemp flower.
- Jealousy (INDOOR) THC-A Hemp Flower. This hybrid blend is a 50-50 indica-sativa split designed to yield a better mood and reduce stress. You’ll love the mild pine and citrus aroma that hits you the moment you open the bag.
- Ice Cream Cake (GH) THC-A Hemp Flower. Great for sleep, this indica-based hemp flower is perfect for sending you off into an ice cream cake dream state. Many users say that while the sweet dough/lemon scent is divine, the best part is that this THC-a hemp flower is heavily coated in trichomes.
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