In recent years, a major question has permeated throughout the cannabis community: does THCA get you high? While there are many cannabinoids that get the job done, THCA (Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid) has been shrouded in mystery for a long time. While THC is common and well-known, THCA has remained a bit of a mystery for a long time.
Imagine walking into a dispensary. You pause for a minute and look around, scanning the variety of products. Eventually, you notice a label prominently displaying “THCA”. You’re trying to figure out if this variant would offer the same euphoric sensation as THC. You start to listen to your fellow consumers, and some swear they’ve experienced a high from it, while others firmly say that it did not have any psychoactive effects. This can make it difficult to come to a decision, which is where education is key.
Now, we will take a closer look at THCA, its chemical structure, its effects, and its distinction from its infamous sibling, THC. By the end, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge to make informed decisions about your cannabis consumption.
THCA, or Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid, is the precursor to the well-known psychoactive compound THC. It’s a naturally occurring cannabinoid found in the raw cannabis plant.
Chemically, THCA is an acid form of THC, consisting of an additional carboxyl group attached to its molecule. This subtle difference has significant implications for its effects and how it interacts with the human body. It might not sound like a major difference, but it changes how it interacts with receptors in the body, which is why the effects can be different as well.
Naturally, THCA is abundant in raw and unprocessed cannabis. As the plant matures, THCA synthesis increases, peaking right before the onset of the flowering stage. The highest concentrations of THCA are found in the plant’s trichomes, those tiny, crystal-like structures that coat the cannabis flower’s surface. These trichomes serve as the primary production site for cannabinoids and are also responsible for producing terpenes, the aromatic compounds in cannabis.
THC vs. THCA
Does THCA get you high like Delta 9 THC? Though they might sound almost identical, THC and THCA have distinct differences. THC, or Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol, is the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis, responsible for the “high”. In contrast, THCA is non-psychoactive in its raw form. It is important to understand the differences between the two compounds, and we’ve made it easier to digest in the table below:
|Psychoactivity||THC produces psychoactive effects when consumed.||THCA is non-psychoactive in its raw, unheated form.|
|Chemical Structure||Lacks the carboxyl group present in THCA.||Contains an additional carboxyl group, distinguishing it from THC.|
|Decarboxylation||Is the end product after THCA undergoes decarboxylation.||Transforms into THC when exposed to heat.|
|Occurrence||Predominantly found in decarboxylated cannabis or products.||Naturally abundant in raw and unprocessed cannabis.|
|Medical Uses||Possible pain relief, increase in appetite, and more.||Explored for its potential therapeutic effects, separate from THC’s properties.|
The effects of THCA can vary from person to person based on a wide variety of factors including but not limited to body weight, history of medication usage, dosage size, and age. Before trying any product that contains THCA for the first time you are strongly advised to consult with your doctor or a certified medical professional.
These statements have not been reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration. Our products are not intended to treat, cure or diagnose any condition or ailment. While we fully stand behind the quality and effectiveness of our products at Galaxy Treats, the potential effects described can vary from person to person based on a variety of factors including but not limited to: body weight, age, dosage size, and medical history. Before trying our products for the first time, you are strongly advised to consult with your doctor or a licensed medical professional.
Does THCA Make You High?
Given the striking similarities in their names and chemical structures, many conflate THC with THCA. We understand that the difference can be confusing, which is why it’s important to take a look at a few key points below.
Consuming THCA from raw flower does not produce the characteristic “high”. The additional carboxyl group in THCA prevents it from binding effectively to the body’s cannabinoid receptors, specifically the CB1 receptors responsible for THC’s psychoactive effects. However, when THCA is exposed to heat, a process called decarboxylation occurs. During decarboxylation, the carboxyl group in THCA gets removed, effectively transforming it into THC which produces the psychoactive and euphoric effects that we typically recognize as “getting high”.
When it comes to cannabis-infused edibles, raw cannabis undergoes decarboxylation during the cooking process. This heat exposure activates the THC, ensuring the edibles produce the desired effects.
What is a THCa High Like?
One thing you may be curious about is how does THC-A make you feel exactly? The effects can vary based on a number of factors, so there isn’t exactly a “one size fits all” answer to this question. To some, THC-A will not cause any earth-shattering level of euphoria or intoxication, while it could be very profound or long-lasting to others. To help give you a better idea of what a THC A high could be like, here’s what real customers who tried our top-selling THCA disposable have said in reviews:
“The effect is just right and soft. No headaches, no paranoia, just relaxation. Great product, will buy more!”
“I absolutely love this vape! I love everything about it! Taste is awesome. Very smooth.”
“Definitely packs a punch, but its a very smooth transition.”
Potential Benefits of THCA
Beyond psychoactivity, THCA potentially offers the same therapeutic benefits as Delta 9 THC without the expected delta-9 high.
There’s not enough research to cover the topic, but THC-A has the potential to reduce inflammation, especially for conditions like arthritis. Some users have reported a noticeable decrease in swelling and pain after THCA consumption.
There are also studies being conducted about THCA’s anti-nausea properties. Practical applications may include use by chemotherapy patients who grapple with constant nausea.
There are also studies that link THCA with the neural system, due to possible neuroprotective effects. Conditions like Huntington’s, where the nervous system is compromised, might benefit from THCA-based treatments.
Again, these statements have not been reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration. Our products are not intended to treat, cure, or diagnose any condition or ailment.
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