Does THCa Get You High When Smoked?

Posted by Team DMV on Mar 28th 2024

Does THCa Get You High When Smoked?

Here’s the easy answer: yes, THCa will get you high when you smoke it. However, is it all you wanted to know? We did not think so. Let’s get right into business.

The Technical Aspect

When you heat THCa through smoking, vaping, or cooking, it undergoes a chemical alteration, losing a carboxyl group (COOH). This loss turns it into THC. Doesn’t it sound like a comic book origin story?

When smoked, it goes inside the lungs, from where it ascends to the brain and scatters across other body parts. Then, it binds to the body’s cannabinoid receptors, particularly the CB1 receptors, producing different effects. These effects vary from one individual to another because of factors like dose, tolerance, and the product’s potency.

In simple words, THCa gets you high when smoked because heat converts it into THC, but unheated THC does not produce euphoria. Now that we have gotten this part clear, let’s check out more facts.

What is a High THCa Percentage?

The optimal THCa level in a product is 15-20%. It balances the benefits and risks while producing a good amount of THC upon decarboxylation.

Individual responses vary based on various factors like the body’s metabolism, tolerance, and age. Here is a look at the different THCa percentages:

  • A balanced THCa percentage is between 10% and 30%
  • At 15%-20%, it is potent
  • When between 20% and 25%, THCa is highly potent
  • Anything above 25% may be overwhelming

Remember that the higher the THCa percentage, the higher the THC it will convert into. So, too potent THCa will not provide a good experience. We recommend sticking to the 15-20% threshold. If you are new to it, starting with 10% or less could be the best option.

Is THCa Legal in Georgia?

Pure hemp-derived THCa is federally legal, but it must not contain more than 0.3% THC by dry weight. Since it is non-intoxicating, it does not come under strict regulations like THC. However, different states have different laws on cannabinoids.

By complying with federal law, you can buy THCa products in the state without restrictions. If a product contains more than 0.3% THC, it will come under controlled substances. The GCSA (Georgia Controlled Substances Act) regulates controlled substances. According to the GCSA, selling or possessing any controlled substance is a misdemeanor or felony and can result in fines or prison time.

Also Read: How Long Does Delta 9 Stay in System?

How Much THCa Can You Possess in Georgia?

Georgia does not restrict the amount of THCa you can possess. So, you can have as much as you want, whether THCa concentrates, oils, or edibles.

However, you cannot possess too much cannabis. Possession of up to an ounce can put you in jail for 12 months and fine you up to $1,000. If you possess more than an ounce, it will be considered a felony and impose stricter penalties.

Signing Off

The ideal THCa percentage is 15-20%. We do not recommend going beyond it because you will hardly enjoy the intense and overwhelming effects, especially when you smoke or heat the substance. If you consume it raw, you won’t get high.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can THCa get me high?

If you smoke, vape, cook, or heat THCa and consume it, you will get high because heated THCa turns into THC, the psychoactive Delta-9.

Will THCa test positive in a drug test?

Unlikely. Drug tests detect THC and its metabolites. THCa is non-psychoactive and does not create euphoria, so it is unlikely to test positive. However, if you smoke THCa and are tested, you are likely to test positive for THC.

Is THCa natural or synthetic?

THCa is a naturally occurring chemical compound in cannabis plants. It is not lab-produced and is available in various cannabis strains used to make medicinal and recreational products.