THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid) is the carboxyl parent of cannabis’ big hitter, THC, a federally-controlled substance today that is the legal differentiater between “hemp” (below 0.3% total THC) and “marijuana” (long-bred for maximal THC).
THCA is synthesized over the course of a marijuana plant’s maturation, originating as CBGA stores that are converted to THCA and other cannabinoid acids in time. (With hemp plants, the majority of these stores are converted instead to CBDA.)
Naturally-occuring THCA remains non-psychoactive, and must be carboxylated using heat or light to produce THC in its final form.
At MBAF, we grow federally-licensed USDA hemp, all containing less than 0.3% total THC by volume.
Potential Uses & Benefits
Beyond the obvious high that many users seek, activated THC has a few notable benefits. It appears to possess potent anti-inflammation, anti-pain properties. For some users, the ‘high’ may also positively affect conditions like anxiety and depression. It also may compliment CBD or CBG‘s intended functions along a few dimensions, a phonemenon known as the ‘entourage effect’.
Strains like those grown on ours and other hemp farms are federally-licensed hemp, containing 0.3% THC.