The industrial hemp industry grows more and more each day it seems. There are always new products and cannabinoids hitting the scene. But, hemp flower usually isn’t at the top of the list. Traditional hemp flower is typically very high in CBD and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids, but doesn’t provide the relaxing buzz that many users prefer.
Thankfully, THCa flower has burst onto the scene with the effects and physical appearance to regular cannabis flower. Unlike our delta 8, HHC and THC-O moon rocks, THCa flower doesn’t have to be sprayed or infused with extract to provide a strong buzz.
What is THCa Flower?
THCa is a compound found in both hemp and traditional cannabis that acts as a precursor to delta-9 THC. When THCa is decarboxylated, or heated or burned, it converts to delta-9 THC. So, while THCa flower still has to keep their delta 9 THC levels down to under 0.3 percent by dry weight, it can still get you very buzzed.
The other trick with THCa flower is the total THC content listed on the flower. For example, our new THCa flower from Palmetto Hemp Supply can contain up to 25 percent THCa, with only 0.18 percent delta 9 THC. The total THC content of the flower is actually right in line with similar marijuana strains.
Unlike marijuana which is typically grown in warmer temperatures and higher humidity levels, THCa flower is grown in cooler temperatures, typically in an indoor, hydroponic setup, keeping the delta-9 THC levels down to the legal limit.
Is THCa Flower Legal?
According to the language in the 2018 Farm Bill, it is 100 percent legal under federal law. Even with high percentages that provide users with essentially the same effects as marijuana, anything under 0.3 percent delta 9 THC is considered lawful and eligible for retail sale. In fact, according to cannabis lawyer Rod Kight, even the DEA is in compliance with THCa flower.
“the DEA states: “material that is derived or extracted from the cannabis plant such as tissue culture and any other genetic material that has a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of no more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis meets the legal definition of “hemp” and is thus not controlled under the CSA.”
While each state may have its own laws concerning total THC content, THCa flower is completely lawful in North Carolina. But, that might not stop law enforcement from assuming what you’re carrying is the real deal. If you purchase any THCa flower from us or any other hemp supplier, make sure the package is sealed and you have a receipt for the purchase. In addition, we recommend researching other state laws if you plan on visiting other states with THCa flower.
Does THCa Feel Like Real Cannabis?
The short answer is yes! Based on our customers and staff feedback, THCa flower is pretty dang close to the real thing. Especially with strains like Gary Payton approaching almost 30 percent THCa, the effects are bound to be strong even for seasoned cannabis users. But, for users who prefer something on the milder side, strains like Gelato and Blood Diamond offer a relaxing but functional buzz.
Where can I Buy THCa Flower?
We now offer a wide selection of THCa flower from Secret Nature, Hemp Generation, and Palmetto Hemp Supply. We currently have pre-rolls, eighths and quarters available. But, act fast! Our flower is flying off the shelves. If you have questions about THCa flower or want to know what kind of strains we have, stop by the shops today or give us a call for more information.