One of the biggest misconceptions is that anything that the cannabis plant produces has psychoactive properties that can make you high. This isn’t completely true and THCA is the proof.
In a nutshell, THCA is one of the primary compounds synthesized by the cannabis plant but unlike its THC derivatives, THCA is not psychoactive. That said, THC (the psychoactive compound) can be extracted from THCA by heating it.
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What is THCA?
Unlike popular belief, the cannabis plant produces THC in acid form, which is known as THCA or tetrahydrocannabinolic acid. In the same way, it produces cannabidiol acid (CBDA) and cannabigerol acid (CBGA) as precursors of CBD and CBG compounds.
Edibles, tinctures, gummies, and other THC-based products contain cannabis that was processed through heating, releasing THC from its acid form.
In the THC form, the compound activates the CB1 receptor in our brain which leads to the feeling we know as being high.
Does THCA Make You Feel High and Euphoric?
The biggest question people have regarding THCA is whether or not it can make people high or euphoric and the answer is no, THCA, unless heated, cannot make you high or feel euphoric. In other words, THCA does not have psychoactive properties.
In fact, consuming unheated, raw cannabis has become a recent trend as it allows the body to break down the cannabis and enjoy health benefits without feeling high. This is especially important if your work or daily routine requires complete focus.
What Can You Use THCA for?
THCA has most of the benefits that heated THC does but without the psychoactive properties. This means that you can use THCA in various forms, including (but not limited):
- Adding THCA to your drinks and smoothies
- Making THCA desserts like ice cream
- Eating THCA raw
- Adding on top of your meals
However, it should be noted that cooking or baking with THCA could release THC which does have psychoactive properties.
What Happens When You Dab THCA?
THCA in its raw form is not something most people use for dabbing. For instance, Smoky Mountain’s Delta 8 Distillate Wax is a form of concentrate that is far more suitable for dabbing.
That said, you can use THCA for dabbing. As the THCA is heated, it will release anywhere between 95 to 99 percent of its THC content.
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