Did you know THCA flower is a gamechanger, acting as a surprisingly legal way to enjoy what’s essentially weed? Well, now you do. Protected under federal law (2018 Farm Bill), THCA flower manages to deliver a potent delta 9 high, because THCA becomes delta 9 THC when heat is applied – like through smoking, vaporizing, or even baking.
But, how is THCA flower actually made? Is it like most psychoactive hemp flower products, which are infused with distillate? The answer may surprise you, and even illustrate how and why THCA flower is such a unique special product on today’s hemp market.
What Exactly is THCA Flower?
THCA flower is hemp flower that’s cultivated to yield high levels of tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, and THCA is the raw form of delta 9 THC, natural to cannabis. Once THCA is heated, as it is when flower is used, it turns into delta 9, which means that THCA flower gives you the same high a marijuana.
Since the law does not restrict tetrahydrocannabinolic acid levels in hemp-based products, like it does delta 9 THC, THCA flower is legalized (assuming it’s hemp-derived and not marijuana-derived). Because of that, THCA flower is extremely popular, giving people the ability to enjoy what’s chemically identical to weed.
What are the Steps Involved in Crafting THCA Flower?
To make THCA flower, you need to be an experienced and dedicated hemp farmer. The process is quite different from crafting other types of flower, like HHC flower, THC-P flower, THCV flower, and so on. The difference is in the actual growing process. THCA flower isn’t infused like other flowers, so it has to be grown using meticulous methods. And, thankfully, the hemp farmers who Binoid works with are up to the task.
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Step #1: Finding the Right Hemp Farm
Any hemp company wants to make sure that they’re finding the best farm possible, as that really influences the quality of the product, which means more happy customers if the quality is high. Ideally, a brand will look for a local farm, as the less transport, the fresher the product. Plus, hemp THCA flower developed in the good ol’ USA is grown according to stricter farming standards than other countries.
The second goal is to choose an organic farm. Hemp is a plant that’s particularly vulnerable to surrounding compounds in soil that can be toxic, like heavy metals, pesticides, and so on. Hemp is naturally good at absorbing these unwanted compounds, which can make the end product poor in quality. So, an organic farm is the way to go, since it means that the THCA flower buds will be free of pesticides and other environmental toxins.
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Step #2: Growing THCA Flower
We’re used to psychoactive hemp flower containing distillate that has been infused into “standard” raw hemp flower buds – the ones that yield high CBD and low THC. But, THCA flower is different. Rather than taking raw hemp flower and infusing it with THCA distillate, which can be done if a company wants to, farms actually grow high-THCA flower. Let’s explain.
As you may know, hemp-derived THCA is legal, and hemp-derived delta 9 THC is not. Hemp products must contain a maximum of 0.3% delta 9 THC to be sold legally, and even though THCA is turned into delta 9 when heated, it’s not federally restricted – note that marijuana-derived THCA is still illegal under federal law. Weed is also technically high-THCA flower, since the high concentration of THCA hasn’t converted into delta 9 yet.
Growing high-THCA flower means a legal product that has the same chemical composition as weed, yet because it’s hemp, it’s legal. So, how is it done? It’s all about controlling the growing conditions during the cultivation process. Small amounts of THCA can oxidize while the plant is growing, either due to heat exposure (high temperatures in the environment) or age (as the plant gets older, the compounds in the plant naturally oxidize). This means that naturally, high-THCA flower can develop more than 0.3% delta 9 THC in its raw form unless certain conditions are controlled. Therefore, cultivators make a point to keep the ambient temperature low during the growing process to avoid oxidization.
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Step #3: Picking Hemp Flower Buds at the Right Time
Now it’s time to pick the buds at just the right time. With THCA flower, that’s even more important, because another factor that can cause THCA to oxidize into delta 9 THC, possibly beyond the legal limit, is age. So, usually, THCA flower buds are cut off of their stems a bit earlier than other hemp flower products. Simultaneously, the plant needs to be mature enough that the trichomes on the buds have developed, for maximum cannabinoid and terpene concentration, and a great flavor.
Once those buds have been picked, they can be dry-cured, which is standard for all THCA flower products. This involves keeping the buds in a dry, cool, and dark environment at precise conditions so that the buds dry in a way that preserves them, preventing mold. Dry-curing is a very involved process in which temperatures need to be monitored carefully over the course of 2-4 weeks.
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Step #4: Sending the Flower Off to the Lab
One step that cannot be skipped is getting that THCA flower third-party-tested, by sending it off to a state-licensed laboratory that specializes in cannabis. This is critical, as it confirms that the product is compliant with the law, since delta 9 THC levels are tested for, to ensure that they don’t exceed 0.3%. Besides that, the flower must be tested for safety, purity, and potency, so that customers can access these lab reports through the company’s website and verify that they’re getting a high-quality product. The third-party lab reports also display a breakdown of the cannabinoids and terpenes in the product, in their various concentrations, so you know the amount of THCA, the dominant terpenes, and so on.
Of course, the brand that produces the THCA flower must then publish these lab reports on their website. Why? In order give customers the ability to check to make sure that they’re getting a high-quality, legal, and safe THCA product.
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Step #5: Prep the Flower for Sale
Finally, it’s time to prepare the flower to be sold – putting it in an airtight package to prevent the THCA hemp flower from going stale or losing its efficacy, and even labeling it properly so that customers know exactly what they’re getting. The label should include the strain, the THCA amount, the ingredients (which should only be hemp flower), and directions for use.
THCA flower is usually sold in either a jar or a bag, and either vessel, so to speak, should be made from high-quality materials so that it doesn’t get damaged in transit.
THCA Flower Takes More Work Than You May Have Realized
Growing THCA flower takes a lot of skill, and the results are well worth it to any consumer who wants what is essentially a legal form of marijuana. If you’re looking to experience THCA flower that has been grown under the most exceptional conditions for maximum results, Bloomz THCA Flower is where it’s at. Bloomz THCA flower comes in a variety of strains, and even yields impressively high levels of THCA, supplying users a deeply blissful high that makes it all worthwhile.
Bloomz is a sister brand of Binoid, so you can count on the same exceedingly high standards that are applied to all Binoid products. And, of course, Bloomz THCA Flower is sold fresh, so that way, you can enjoy powerful effects and delicious terpene flavor.