THCa (Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid) is a natural compound found in the cannabis plant. It’s a precursor to THC, the well-known psychoactive compound found in marijuana. At the Carolina Hemp Hut, we get the question “what is THCa?” quite a lot.
Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid does not have the same psychoactive effects as THC, but it is believed to have potential health benefits, including anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties. It may also help with nausea and vomiting, as well as pain relief.
However, it’s important to note that research on THCa is still in the early stages, and more studies are needed to fully understand its potential benefits and side effects. Additionally, THCa must be heated or aged to convert it to THC before it can be used in the body.
What is THCa Flower?
Hemp flower that is relatively high in THCa but still lower than 0.3% Delta 9 THC is considered to be THCa flower. This flower is now booming in popularity due to the popular understanding of the benefits of higher THCa.
The highest quality THCa flower comes from a reputable dispensary with accompanying lab tests. Vape shops and corner markets in some States may offer what is claimed to be legal THCa flower, but tests have shown in many cases that the flower they are offering does not qualify as THCa flower at all.
It is recommended that this popular flower only be purchased at qualified and trusted dispensaries and not shops which specialize in tobacco or groceries.
Growers and Providers of THCa Flower
Carolina Hemp Hut works with a number of quality grow operations throughout the USA to provide high quality THCa-rich flower. We know there are hemp cartels and ganja fans everywhere and we want to make sure you keep “in the know” for the best quality flower on the market.
One key aspect of the best LEGAL flower is the overall concentration of THCa without a high or illegal concentration (lab-tested) of Delta 9 THC.
Since the goal is to keep THC levels low in the cannabis plant, there are a few strategies that growers can use when cultivating THCa-rich flowers:
- Genetics: Selecting cannabis strains that naturally produce low levels of THC can help keep THC levels low in the resulting THCa flower.
- Harvest timing: THC levels in cannabis plants increase as the plant matures. By harvesting the plant early, growers can keep THC levels low.
- Temperature and humidity control: Certain environmental conditions can encourage the conversion of THCa to THC. By controlling temperature and humidity during the growing and curing processes, growers can help prevent this conversion and keep THC levels low.
It’s important to note that even when these strategies are employed, THCa-rich flowers may still contain trace amounts of THC, and it’s possible for THC levels to increase if the flower is not stored or handled properly.
Providers of this great flower working with Carolina Hemp Hut follow safe handling rules (as we do) to ensure that the flower is not “decarbed” early, thus making the product being handled illegal.
Worries over Delta 9/THCO
THCO (Tetrahydrocannabivarinic acid) is a relatively new compound that is similar in structure to THCa (Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid), a precursor to THC. Like THCa, THCO is a cannabinoid that is found in the cannabis plant. However, THCO is a rare cannabinoid and is found in very small amounts in the plant.
THCO is believed to have potential therapeutic benefits, but research is still in the early stages, and more studies are needed to fully understand its effects. THCO is different from THC in that it has a shorter onset time and a potentially stronger psychoactive effect.
It’s important to note that THCO is not yet widely available in the market, and it’s not clear if it will become a commonly used therapeutic compound in the future.
How the Hemp Hut Offers THCa
At the Hut, we have been offering high quality, indoor-grown THCa flower for our customers. We provide additional THCa products from brands such as Crush. If you’re a fan of flower in general, we hope that you enjoy the Hemp Flower products, including those with high levels of THCa, from our selection.