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What is THC-A?

THC-A, short for Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in the raw and live cannabis plant. As the precursor to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the compound that causes the high associated with marijuana, THC-A itself does not produce intoxicating effects when consumed in its raw form. When exposed to heat (like a lighter...), through a process known as decarboxylation, THC-A is converted into THC, unlocking its psychoactive potential.

THC-A has garnered attention for its potential therapeutic benefits. Preliminary research suggests that it may offer anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, anti-emetic (anti-vomiting), and anti-proliferative properties, making it of interest for individuals seeking relief from conditions such as inflammation, nausea, neurodegenerative diseases, and potentially some forms of cancer. It's important to note, however, that research on THC-A is still in the early stages, and more comprehensive studies are needed to fully understand its effects and therapeutic potential.

The 2018 Farm Bill federally legalized hemp and hemp-derived compounds, excluding them from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act, as long as they contain less than 0.3% THC by dry weight. Since THC-A can be derived from hemp and is not THC, hemp-derived THC-A products could be considered legal under this framework, provided they also do not surpass the THC threshold after decarboxylation or processing.

Please be advised, if you are subject to any sort of drug testing, THC-A products WILL show up as THC in your system.