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  • Houston, TX (5930 Star Ln, Suite C, Houston, TX 77057)


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Saturday…. Closed
Sunday…… 12 PM to 5 PM

Is THCA Flower “Weed” ?

  • THCA + Heat = THC
  • If you already have some experience with cannabis, you are probably already familiar with Delta-9 THC. However, you may be wondering “what is THCa?”.
  • THCa is the acidic form precursor to delta-9 THC and converts into delta-9 THC when exposed to heat (a process called “decarboxylation”).
  • THCa occurs naturally in the plant and is not sprayed or otherwise infused into the flower.
  • Thus, if both THCa and delta-9 THC are found naturally in the cannabis plant, what is the difference between Cannabis Hemp and Marijuana?

Marijuana vs Hemp: What is the Difference?

Practically, not much. However, legally the terms “marijuana” and “hemp” are specific legal terms of art under federal law which both describe the same plant referred to in botanical terms as “cannabis.” The difference, however, is that dry cannabis which does not exceed 0.3% delta-9 THC is considered “hemp” and is legal under federal law, whereas cannabis which does exceed 0.3% delta-9 THC by dry weight is considered marijuana and is not legal under federal law. Although both THCa and delta-9 THC are found naturally in the cannabis plant, cannabis plants (even marijuana) naturally express much larger percentages of THCa, but not a whole lot of THC (until decarboxylation occurs). Thus “THCa flower” or “THCa Hemp Flower” is the name for cannabis buds with delta-9 THC levels that do not exceed 0.3% by dry weight, but which have high levels of THCa.

Is THCa a Legal Loophole?

A legal loophole is by definition something that is lawful. The word is usually used in the context where something is understood to be lawful, but where people think it shouldn’t be. The reason for the controversy is the reality that a large percentage of the cannabis sold under state licensed recreational adult-use and medicinal “marijuana” programs such as in California, Colorado and Oregon, would actually qualify as federally legal THCa “hemp” flower since those flowers are high in THCa but have less than 0.3% delta-9 THC. This is because the cannabis plant naturally expresses large concentrations of THCa, but not a whole lot of delta-9 THC.

Will heating THCa hemp flower make users feel “high”?

Although everyone is different, it is possible that a user will feel intoxicated or “high” after consuming decarboxylated (i.e., heated) THCa flower. Users should be aware of the possibility of feeling “high” or intoxicated when using this product. THCa flower should not be sold to minors or anyone under the age of 21.

Will using THCa hemp flower cause users to fail a drug test?

Yes. THCa hemp flower contains cannabinoids, including THC, which may cause a user to fail a drug test. Therefore, individuals should not use THCa hemp flower if they are subject to drug testing.

Is THCa hemp flower lawful under federal law?

Yes. Under federal law, harvested THCa hemp flower is lawful. This is because the federal 2018 Farm Bill distinguishes between lawful harvested hemp and unlawful marijuana based on the levels of delta-9 THC, not THCa.[1] Harvested cannabis, including its flowers and buds, with no more than 0.3% delta-9 THC by dry weight is lawful hemp, regardless of the amount of THCa or any other cannabinoid that it contains. Additionally, the federal Controlled Substances Act, which regulates drugs, removes hemp from the definition of marijuana. In other words, hemp is not an illegal controlled substance under federal law.[2]

[1] See 7 U.S.C. § 1639o(1) (2018 Farm Bill): “The term ‘hemp’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. 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 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”

[2] See 21 U.S.C. § 802(16)(B) (Controlled Substances Act): “The term “marihuana” does not include—(i) hemp, as defined in section 1639o of title 7.”