Top 10 ways to consume THCA flower for optimal results
The hemp market is always expanding, with new and exciting cannabinoids hitting the shelves. The latest to make an appearance is THCA, the acidic precursor to THC – the intoxicating cannabinoid responsible for the “high” associated with marijuana use.
Unlike THC, THCA does not cause a high. However, through a process called decarboxylation, which entails combustion or heating, THCA converts into THC and will make you high. Therefore, how you consume THCA flower largely impacts the effects. If you consume it in its raw, natural state, it stays THCA. But if you consume it by smoking or vaping, you are essentially consuming THC.
With its increasing popularity, you can easily buy THCA flower online from various brands. But how do you use it? In this article we explore the top ten ways to consume THCA flower for optimal results.
1) Consume raw THC flower
Raw THCA flower won’t have the same effect as other consumption methods since it has to go through the process of decarboxylation to become activated. THCA must be exposed to heat, such as smoking or baking, to transform into its active form, THC.
Therefore, consuming raw flower is only for those who don’t want to get high and are seeking out the benefits and effects of THCA rather than THC. You can consume it raw by adding your THCA flower to juices, smoothies, salad dressings, or baked edibles, such as over brownies.
2) Roll and smoke a THCA joint
Joints are one of the most common ways to consume cannabis. All you need to roll a THCA joint is rolling paper, paper filter, and THCA flower. You can use a grinder or your fingers to break down the flower and roll it up in the paper. Once your joint is ready to, light the tip, inhale through the filter, and enjoy.
3) Roll and smoke a THCA blunt
Blunts are similar to joints, with the difference being that they’re made from blunt or cigar wrap and not rolling paper. They are usually bigger and last longer than a joint but are made and used similarly. While joints are more popular, some people prefer blunts because they can hold more cannabis flower.
4) Smoke THCA flower in a bong
Bongs have been a favorite among cannabis enthusiasts for years. They’re convenient – it’s easier than rolling paper to make a joint – and effective. Smoking THCA flower in a bong is the same as regular cannabis. You fill the chamber with water, lightly pack the bowl with ground-up THCA flower, light the flower, and inhale gently using the mouthpiece.
Since bongs use water, the smoke is cooled, which helps tone down the heat and harshness while inhaling smoke. On top of that, a lot of USA made bongs are hand-blown and feature percolators inside of them, which agitate the water and force the smoke to come in contact with a larger surface area of water. This further cools the smoke before you inhale, producing a smoother hit. This smoother feeling is why these hand-blown pieces have taken the American market by storm over the last decade.
5) Smoke THCA flower in a pipe
Considered one of the simplest ways to smoke cannabis, a pipe doesn’t require any additional material besides the flower, meaning you can easily use it on the go. It’s a handheld device that you loosely pack with THCA flower. Then, light the flower with a match or lighter and inhale from the mouthpiece. Pipes are practical and reliable, making them ideal for traveling.
6) Use a THCA pre-roll
If rolling your own joint or blunt or preparing a bong is too much hassle for you, you may opt for a THCA pre-roll. As the name suggests, pre-rolls are already packed with THCA flower, wrapped in rolling paper, and ready to buy at your local dispensary. Therefore, you don’t have to go through the mess and effort of rolling your own joint. You simply take a pre-roll from the pack, light the tip, and inhale.
7) Vaping THCA flower
For those who don’t enjoy the harshness of smoking THCA flower, perhaps vaping is more suitable. Vaping entails heating cannabis flower at a high temperature without burning it, which allows the active ingredients to be released in the form of an inhalable vapor. For many, it’s more flavorful and enjoyable than smoking.
For optimal results, choose a vaporizer that allows precise temperature control, heating, and vapor production. Also, grind the flower properly to ensure it’s evenly heated, which allows for more efficient vaporization.
8) Dabbing THCA flower
Dabbing is one of the more potent ways to use cannabis flower, providing a strong and quick high. It’s not for everyone since the effects are a lot more intense than other consumption methods. Newbies and those with low tolerance should be cautious of dabbing.
But for those seeking strong effects, this is a great choice. To dab, you will need to buy THCA flower in the form of crystalline or concentrate. A dab rig is used to heat the concentrate and produce vapor, which you inhale.
9) Make THCA edibles
If you enjoy baking or cooking,you can experiment with THCA flower by making your own edibles. During the process the flower is heated causing decarboxylation – transforming the THCA into THC. You can find some inspiration online for cannabis-infused edibles, such as brownies, cookies, and gummies.
10) But pre-made THCA flower products
Finally, you can buy pre-made THCA flower products from retailers, including tinctures, capsules, gummies, and oral sprays. The THCA is decarboxylated before producing these products, so be prepared to experience the effects of THC.