Vaping also causes THCA to convert into THC, causing a strong high depending on how much THCA is in your product. If you want a very intense and immediate high with all the natural benefits of THCA and THC, we recommend dabbing THCA concentrates using a dab pen or dab rig. Some concentrates carry up to 70-90% THCA, which then decarboxylates into THC. We recommend THCA concentrates to seasoned THC users. The potency is too high for beginner users.
You can administer THCA in several ways. Some involve heat, while others don’t. When heated, THCA decarboxylates to THC, increasing the likelihood of a nice euphoric high. Consuming raw cannabis with no heat won’t decarboxylate THCA and cause a high.
Transdermal THCA patches are less common but no less effective. When you place a THCA patch on your skin, the THCA and other plant compounds quickly absorb into your skin and enter directly into your bloodstream (usually within 20-30 mins), offering almost immediate relief.
THCA tinctures are the most common type of THCA product. They’re made from cold-pressing fresh, raw hemp leaves and flowers. The resulting THCA-rich extract is then diluted in an oil or alcohol-based carrier.
THCA vs CBDA
Nausea, vomiting, and appetite loss
Theisen says side effects of THC may include:
THCA is THC that has not been heated or processed, says Eloise Theisen, MSN, RN, the assistant chair for the Medical Cannabis Certificate Program at Pacific College of Health and Science.
Theisen says she’s had patients successfully experience inflammation and pain relief, particularly inflammatory pain in large joints like the hips, knees, and shoulders by using THCA. “Most patients notice a difference with daily use and after a few weeks once the THCA has had a chance to build up in the system and start to reduce the inflammation,” says Theisen.
You can ingest THCA by simply eating raw cannabis buds. Of course, eating them straight probably wouldn’t be pleasant, so here are some ways to consume raw cannabis, according to Smith:
Risks of THCA
But unheated THC is known as THCA, which comes from raw, unprocessed cannabis plants and won’t make you high but may come with a number of health benefits.
For example, a 2017 study found that THCA had neuroprotective properties in mice, who were injected with toxins, suggesting that it may have similar effects in humans. The THCA prevented degeneration in a certain region of the brain.
Though there is a lack of research on THCA, we do have some promising preliminary findings. THCA benefits may include:
How to use THCA
Note: Some decarboxylation can even occur in sunlight or room temperature, due to the heat, Theisen says. So if you want to use cannabis for the psychoactive effects, be sure to store it somewhere dark and cool. so that it doesn’t undergo decarboxylation before you get a chance to use it.
When you smoke weed or take edibles, you’re consuming cannabis that has been heated in some way. Heat releases tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — the main compound in weed that makes you feel high.