What is THCA? Does THCA get you High?

Published Apr 8, 2019 09:34 a.m. ET
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Raw cannabis contains a non-intoxicating agent, called THCA. THCA conversion to THC takes place as the plant dries. This can be expedited by introducing the decarboxylation process. Smoking or vaping heats up the herb. This process is decarboxylation and results in the conversion of THCA to THC.


THC and THCA mean the same thing if you know that the consumer is going to smoke the THCA herb it will convert to THC. However, let us look at some other qualities and benefits that THCA has to offer the medical community.

  1. Great anti-inflammatory qualities to aid in the control of arthritis and lupus
  2. Nausea and appetite loss is aided by the anti-emetic properties
  3. Prostrate cancer can benefit from the anti-proliferative properties
  4. Neurodegenerative diseases can be benefited by its neuroprotective properties

THCA can be found in all high strain THC cannabis that has not been decarboxylated. Eating weed raw will give you the benefits from THCA without psychoactive results. Raw weed is making a name for itself recently. The use of raw cannabis is becoming ever-more popular.  Raw marijuana, especially the leaves can be hard on the digestive system. You may notice the same symptoms when you consume leafy green vegetables. Sometimes these vegetables irritate the stomach just as raw weed can. The breaking down of valuable nutrientsthat raw weed contains can be a difficult job for the digestive enzymes to handle. The best suggestion when you start this dietary change is to go slow and easy. This will enable the gastrointestinal system to adjust to the new diet and thereby the effects will not be too extreme.  Some of the effects although undesirable will pass. Being bloated and stomach gas pains are usually all that you will have. Cannabis, when consumed raw is a natural source of fiber. Consuming some fresh bud provides the body with healthy levels of vitamin C and, vitamin k. The raw weed also provides a measurable amount of iron, calcium, and folate. A bonus is the amazing antioxidants that it possesses.

THCA extraction

THC the chemical achieved from heating THCA must enter your bloodstream before you feel high effects. Eating weed raw is not easy for our bodies to process, much of what we eat is expelled through the digestive system and never reaches the bloodstream, so no high.


If you want to achieve the feelings of “high” without smoking or inhaling in your lungs, then may I suggest infused edibles. The process for making your edibles involves decarboxylation and therefore renders your edible with psychotic powers. Remember always to be careful when consuming edibles. They carry a stronger and longer cannabis experience and should be usedwith a respectful attitude. This way you will enjoy your THC edible.

Now that we have established the difference between THCA vs THC we should perhaps state what THC is other than part of the marijuana plant.

What does THC stand for?

THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is a compound that is crystalline and is the main active ingredient in cannabis.

However you choose to indulge, enjoy!



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