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Does THCa Get You High?

Many people are curious about the various components of THCa and how they affect the body. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive component in cannabis, does not emerge from the marijuana plant until it goes through the process of decarboxylation. In other words, the mind-altering THC in weed doesn’t exist until you burn it. Instead, marijuana flowers contain THCa, and this precursor to THC may have positive health benefits.

As the world looks for effective alternative and natural ways to help and improve quality of life, many consumers have started wondering about THCa. Does THCa get you high? Carolina HEMP Cabinet is here to help answer that question and help you understand what THCa is.

What is THCa?

Prior to baking or burning, raw cannabis contains tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCa). This compound is a near cousin of the THC that gets you high, but it lacks the processing (decarbing) that converts it to THC. You get THCa from harvesting cannabis hemp flowers, but they cannot be subjected to heat without converting to THC. That is why THCa is frequently considered to be hemp, a cannabis plant with little or no THC.

How is THCa Different from THC?

The chemical compound of THCa has one more carboxyl group than THC, which maintains its acidic form. Burning THCa releases the carboxyl group along with carbon dioxide. Once it is decarboxylated, the THC becomes psychoactive. Many people neglect to consider how THCa affects the body, as it does not create a high. Because you burn or heat marijuana to get high, people have not paid much attention to the existence or benefits of THC’s noteworthy predecessor.

Understanding THCa Effects

The effects of THCa are positive, and people may ingest raw cannabis THCa to help with:

  • nausea
  • Body discomfort
  • Soreness
  • Aches and tenderness

CBD is a well-known beneficial marijuana compound that also does not create a high, but many people overlook THCa and its potential benefits.

So, Does THCa Make You Feel High?

The simple answer is no. THCa does not make you feel high unless you burn it, which transforms it into THC. Methods of ingestion include sublingual, juicing, and other edibles. However, many people smoke or vape THCa and get the effect of the resultant THC. This is akin to “regular” weed smoking, and THCa flowers can be ground and rolled into a joint or used in a pipe or bong. In this way, THCa can eventually get you high, but only once it’s converted to THC. In its acidic form, THCa does not create a euphoric feeling.

Shop for THCa Flower Today!

THCa flowers are one way to enjoy THCa and all its benefits..The benefits of the THCa are not proven in the medical field, but they do show promise, and scientists are conducting more research.

At Carolina HEMP Cabinet, our THCa flowers are grown in controlled conditions to ensure quality and purity. We have a variety of THCa strains in multiple forms, including hemp flowers, edibles, dabs, and rosins. If you’re curious about THCa, give one of our chemical-free THCa options a try.

We want you to be informed and make educated decisions about your cannabinoid purchases, which is why we do our best to explain all of our products so you can rest assured that we are providing you with the optimal THCa product.


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