What Is THCA? THCA Cannabinoid
Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) isn’t a new discovery, but at the same time, it’s new to the hemp market thanks to its unique relationship to delta 9 THC. THCA is also one of the most misunderstood and, in fact, controversial components of cannabis.
Because Binoid carries THCA products, it’s time to take a deeper dive into this fascinating cannabis derivative, and also explore its properties. Plus, its surprising usefulness in providing people with a surprisingly effective high.
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What Is THCA and How Does It Work?
Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid is the raw form of delta 9 THC, known as its precursor. In the raw cannabis plant, cannabinoids exist in these raw, acidic forms. Only when they are “activated” through a process known as decarboxylation, which involves heating the cannabinoids to specific temperatures, are they converted into their more familiar forms.
THCA, being a different cannabinoid from THC, has inherent properties that are unique prior to decarboxylation. This is why researchers are beginning to study its potential therapeutic uses, independent of its relationship to THC. Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid is the dominant cannabinoid in raw marijuana, before the plant is heated, and makes up about 0.3% of the hemp plant.
Where To Buy THCA Vapes Online
Currently, you can buy THCA products from trusted online brands such as Binoid CBD and Delta-8. They have brand new pure 94% THCA vapes that come in 2 amazing strains, Exotic Kush and Cranberry Haze. You can get right on their website for an amazing price.
In fact, Binoid is one of the first brands to carry THCA products and vapes that are extremely potent and enjoyable. On top of their amazing product, they have amazing customer service, THCa vape prices are the lowest we have seen, and just overall one of the best places to buy THCA online. You can also buy THCA Hemp Flower from Bloomz Hemp.
Will THCA Get Me High?
Here’s where things get a little tricky. THCA is not psychoactive, since psychoactive properties only exist post-decarboxylation. That’s why eating raw marijuana flower won’t get us high… but smoking it will.
Products such as THCA tinctures or THCA gummies will not get you high, since the tetrahydrocannabinolic acid in the product hasn’t been decarboxylated, and so, is being sold to provide customers with the potential benefits of THCA.
On the flip side, a product like THCA flower (hemp flower infused with THCA distillate), is intended to be heated through smoking, vaping, or baking/cooking, just like any flower product. And, doing so would convert tetrahydrocannabinolic acid into delta 9 THC, which therefore gives you the high of delta 9 that so many of you are familiar with. Using THCA flower, therefore, gives you exactly the same high as what you’d get from marijuana, all while being legal, which we will explain more in just a little bit.
THCA Effects and Benefits List
- Strong mental and body experience
- Anxiolytic properties
As we still have a lot to learn about THCA, what we do know is that its psychoactive properties are already making it extremely popular. The high is often compared to Delta 8, and in fact, the two cannabinoids seem to be popular to take together, as there may be a synergistic effect that really gives you a phenomenal experience within the body and mind in terms of mood, relaxation and so on.
The key thing to know about THCA high is that it is all about euphoria. People describe a stronger feeling of euphoria than they’ve ever experienced with any other cannabinoid. Also is potentially very-long lasting, as we are aware that many other cannabinoid-based products provide only a short phase of euphoria that doesn’t last for the duration of the high.
Also, alongside the euphoria effect, users report a uniquely powerful body high that can be intensely relaxing, and great for easing physical tension.
THCA Side Effects
- Strong mental and physical experience
- Dry Mouth
- May last for 2-3 hours
- Powerful body experience
Taking too much THCA, like any psychoactive compound can cause intense side effects. Again, because the compound is strong we suggest smaller dosages first then taking higher doses after time once you get comfortable with the compound and effects.
Is THCA Safe?
It’s important to note that THCa or THC-A hasn’t been around for nearly a long enough time for us to be able to talk about its potential therapeutic uses as determined through clinical trials and research. Since THCA is totally new, there just isn’t any research out there about it. And, with an array of cannabinoids being unearthed and developed in the last few years, you can imagine that cannabis researchers have their hands full, and THCA is not the first in line to explore in clinical settings.
But, again, given the way in which THCA is a precursor and eventually becomes delta 9 THC in the body, it’s safe to assume that it offers the same properties as delta 9, only with much longer-lasting effects as an added bonus. So, you can expect THCA to offer a relief from physical discomfort and inflammation, along with help regarding nausea and appetite, not to mention very enjoyable effects when it comes to mood.
How Much THCA Should I Take?
At Binoid, we like to be cautious when discussing any new cannabinoid, when there really is no verifiable information at our disposal. Again, because of how new THC-A is, and given the fact that companies have barely started developing THCA products, there is not yet any real standard when it comes to dosing.
It would be simple to say that the number of milligrams that counts as a standard dose is the same as delta 9 THC, given the similarities that we’ve touched on plenty at this point. But, that information just isn’t available yet, so we want to avoid making any assumptions.
What we can say is that if you buy a THCA product, simply refer to the manufacturer’s instructions when it comes to how much you should take. This information comes directly from the company that made the formula, and they’re an authority on how to dose with their own product.
THCA Dosage and Dosing Guide: Dosage Chart
As we learn more about THCA, we’ll have much more specific dosing guidelines available. What we can say is that since the cannabinoid is so potent, you don’t want to take as many milligrams in one sitting as you would a milder cannabinoid like delta 8. Because THCa is so strong, doses look to be small amounts, but that is because of how strong the compound is.
Comparing THC-A potency to other cannabinoids, however, we can offer a general idea of how much you should take whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced user, regardless of the product type that’s available above:
Best Place To Buy THCA Products
As of now, the only real THCA products on the market are all of part of Binoid's THCA vapes, THCA Wax Diamonds, as well as their collection of Delta Extrax THCA. Other brands do not seem to have the same quality or effects currently. Therefore, we definitely suggest buying THCA online from Binoid, as they are a trusted brand with over 40,000 reviews on their website. They are the best and most potent THCA cartridges on the market.
However, given the buzz around THCA, we anticipate that this will become a trend throughout the hemp industry in the future. Many brands are renaming the same compounds as different things to sound unique, but it is all the same.
Will THCA Fail A Drug Test?
As a rule of thumb, any time you encounter a cannabinoid with “THC” in the name, you should assume that it puts you at risk of failing a drug test. Why? Because all THC-based cannabinoids are metabolized by an enzyme called THC-COOH, which is what standard drug tests are seeking to identify in a person’s urine. Because THCA is particularly potent and is a precursor to Delta 9, there’s good reason to believe that it’s actually more likely to fail a drug test after taking this cannabinoid than it is after taking delta 9 THC.
Can I Overdose on THCA?
We know that people want to be safe when taking a new cannabinoid, and many people feel somewhat hesitant about acetated cannabinoids because the concept is so new. But, when it comes to side effects and all of that, again, there’s no reason to assume a difference between THCa and delta 9 THC.
Cannabinoids are classified as nontoxic to the body. Still, while we can likely tolerate high doses thanks to the body’s endocannabinoid system, you may want to avoid taking a large amount of THCA because you may end up with side effects that aren’t life-threatening, but unpleasant regardless.
These side effects of THCA include:
- Increased appetite
- Dry mouth
- Lack of physical coordination
- Dry eyes
- Low blood pressure
What Other Effects are Associated with THCA?
Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid that hasn’t been converted into delta 9 through decarboxylation has some pretty valuable properties. For starters, the cannabinoid is an antioxidant, and studies have also shown it to have a lot of potential to act as a powerful anti-inflammatory. More research has shown that THCA can act as a natural means for improved sleep, relief from physical discomfort and even positive respiratory effects.
Overall, THCA seems to regulate the production of serotonin, which means it may be extremely useful in addressing a variety of mood-related issues.
However, once tetrahydrocannabinolic acid has been decarboxylated, once again, it becomes delta 9 THC, which means that it offers all of the potential benefits we associate with delta 9 such as potential relief from pain, nausea and low appetite, along with positive effects on mood, sleep and neurological function.
Certain THCA-based products can be decarboxylated, like vapes and flower, which are meant to be heated before they’re consumed. These products won’t give you the effects of THCA as a raw cannabinoid, but delta-9, since they’re not consumed raw.
How high you get off of a THCA-infused product that’s meant to be decarbed, depends on how much tetrahydrocannabinolic acid is in the product. Manufacturers creating THCA flower and vapes, for example, typically decide the amount of THCA to put into the product based on the strain of that product.
Let’s say they’re offering hemp flower in a strain that, in marijuana form, yields about 25% THC, naturally. Companies are likely to infuse the flower with enough THCA to make up 25% of the chemical composition of the flower, to match the strain to its marijuana form when it’s smoked or vaporized.
Is THCA Legal?
THCA is, in fact, legal according to federal law, under the 2018 Farm Bill, which made all hemp derivatives legal as long as they contain no more than 0.3% delta 9 THC by dry weight. Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid is ultimately a different cannabinoid from delta 9 THC, despite being its raw form. The law does not acknowledge the fact that THCA easily turns into delta 9 THC once heated, and thus, allows THCA products to essentially be sold with no limit on concentration.
All hemp-based products must be tested to prove that they have no more than 0.3% delta 9 THC. But, these products are permitted under federal law to be tested before they’re decarboxylated. A product like THCA flower then, may contain any amount of tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, regardless that the intention is to convert it into delta 9 THC through an act like smoking.
With all that being said, a small number of states have modified the law to test for THCA along with THC, to determine what they call “total THC” – may not exceed 0.3%, as if it does, those THCA products many not legally be sold. In other words, products cannot contain more than 0.3% THCA or delta 9 in the following states:
- Rhode Island
Where Can I Buy THCA Flower?
THCA is making its way onto the market in various forms. There are two real categories of THCA products:
- Products that aren’t intended to be decarboxylated, in order to deliver the potential benefits of THCA itself, like gummies and tinctures.
- Products sold with the intention of being decarboxylated, to provide their users with a legal way to enjoy high concentrations of post-decarboxylated THCA, better known as delta 9 THC. Those products include flower, vapes, and dabs, all of which can only be heated to be enjoyed.
That being said, Binoid and their sister company Bloomz is preparing to launch THCA flower, which again, is completely compliant with federal law, and legal in all but several states. THCA flower is, as mentioned previously, just raw hemp flower infused with THCA distillate in concentrations that roughly range from 15%-25% - the same as the amount of delta 9 THC in the most popular strains of cannabis.
THCA is Gaining Tons of Momentum in the Hemp Industry!
Overall, in most states, since THCA is a legal cannabinoid in any concentration, it’s also a way to sidestep the law and make it possible for people to legally enjoy a potent delta 9 THC high, in products intended to be decarboxylated, like flower and vapes.
So, that means that you should keep your hemp eyes open for THCA products that are gonna be making their way onto Binoid in the near future, which will provide you with the delta 9 high you know and love, all while ensuring that you’re getting nothing but the freshest top-shelf THCA vape options to choose from, in strain selections to guarantee something for everyone.