The Farm Bill defines “hemp” expansively. The definition includes the hemp plant and “any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 THC concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”
This definition clearly states that the only cannabinoid that defines hemp is delta-9 THC in concentrations of .3% or less. Hemp has over a one hundred known cannabinoids such as CBD, CBDA, CBC, CBN, CBGA, CBG, delta-8 THC, and THCa.
THCa, short for tetrahydrocannabinol acid, is the acidic and raw version of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Although the two share a similar chemical composition, THCa has one more carboxyl group than THC. THCa loses this carboxyl group when it undergoes a heating process called ‘decarboxylation,’ which initiates the conversion into THC.
HOW DOES THCa WORK?
Ultimately, this conversion process allows THC to bind to CB1 receptors in the body to produce the “high” that most consumers are familiar with. In the simplest sense, THCa is the precursor of THC.
Science aside, THCa in its raw, natural state does not produce a psychotropic effect when ingested. If a consumer eats the raw plant material, without heating the flower prior to ingestion, the THCa molecules will not bind with the receptors in the body to create a high.
Once decarboxylated (or lit up), the THCa becomes THC which binds directly to the receptors and causes a psychotropic effect for the user. This is the effect that everyone who smokes weed is familiar with.
With all the focus on medical and recreational marijuana legalization still in the news you might ask how is this legal? Here are some links to cannabis attorney Rod Kight's Blog posts on the subject:
Here at BF Extracts Hometown Hemp Shop we continue to bring our customers some of the best quality, federally legal hemp products and we have partnered with leaders in the industry to do so.
We only source our THCa hemp flower from suppliers who work directly with USDA certified hemp growers. Our suppliers take quality and compliance very seriously, so the hemp flower is 3rd party tested to ensure that it meets all of the legal requirements for hemp products.
Independent laboratories conduct this testing, and the results are readily available to our customers. Our commitment to quality and compliance means you can feel confident in the quality of the hemp flower you receive from us.
Besides being potent and compliant, our high THCA hemp flower is also incredibly versatile. You can use it in various ways, including smoking, vaporizing, or cooking.
Find the high-quality and potent hemp flower you need, with third-party tested compliance, right here. Our commitment to quality and compliance means that you can be confident in the quality of the hemp flower you receive from us.