Smoking flower is one of the biggest rituals in the cannabis scene, and the migration to legal hemp has taken some people by surprise. And while vapes and edibles are available, some people might feel like they are still missing the classic clouds and tokes.
Luckily, a new term has taken the new hemp scene by storm with THCA flower. These buds are classified as hemp but use the powerful THCA cannabinoid that turns into delta 9 THC when heated to create a pretty similar experience to smoking regular weed.
Now, not all strains contain enough THCA and non-active delta 9 THC to be classified as hemp. And not all of them are as tasty as you might imagine. So, we’ve gathered a small list of THCA flower strains, how this hemp flower works, and where to get the best THCA pre rolls right at our store.
Let’s start, as we’ve got a few things to unpack. But before we begin, go ahead and take a peek at our new THCA Diamond Infused Pre Rolls below!
- THCA flower is a new way to classify regular weed as hemp, thanks to the inactive cannabinoid.
- Essentially, THCA flower is the same as a regular flower except for the inactive THCA that won’t make you high when eaten.
- THCA feels like delta 9 flower when smoked, as it turns into delta 9 when heat or light is applied to it. This process is called decarboxylation.
- Some of our favorite THCA strains include Peach Cobbler, Berry Marmalade, and the delicious Champagne Slushie.
- The strongest THCA strain we’ve detected so far is Hippie Crasher, with over 31% of THCA levels.
What is THCA Flower
Before going in, let’s have a quick chat about THCA and THCA flower. Firstly, let’s go over the cannabinoid known as THCA. This compound is naturally found in the hemp plant and is known as the precursor of delta 9 THC.
What does this mean? Basically, when heat or light is applied to this acid, it turns into delta 9 THC naturally. Now, most cannabis and hemp plants contain THCA naturally, as it is part of the plant’s system as a whole.
Secondly, let’s address the herb part. THCA flower and regular cannabis flower are basically the same. Essentially, this kind of flower is a new way of classifying buds so it can be sold as hemp and bypass the rules.
Since the herb itself does not contain active delta 9 THC, producers pick THCA-heavy strains and sell them as a product complying with the 2018 Federal Farm Bill. This way, the flower contains less than 0.3% of delta 9 THC that’s active, which is backed up by third-party lab testing.
What Does THCA Feel Like?
Well, let’s start first with a small disclaimer. THCA is not psychoactive in its regular state, so think of it as munching on raw hemp. It won’t make you feel high or make you feel that relaxed since the molecules are so big that they can’t really bind to proteins in our endocannabinoid system.
Now, when lighting up THCA in a pre roll or joint, you’ll find it tastes and looks like regular THC. That is because, in a sense, it is. But instead of having delta 9 THC active from the beginning, it needs to be heated up for it actually to produce any effect.
Best THCA Flower Strains
Having checked what THCA flowers are, let’s go with some of our favorite strains. Some of these might be a little more common than others due to their natural popularity, but some of them really have that special wow factor due to their tasting notes, their potency, or simply the way they can make you feel.
Berry Marmalade Strain
If you love sweets and berries, you’ll definitely love the delicious berry notes from Berry Marmalade. With some varieties ranging between 16% and up to 20% of THCA, this strain is a delicious sativa strain that most people love because of its tingly, energizing sensation. Big plus, you can try this strain with our pre rolls in the Delta Munchies store here.
Lemon Kush Strain
Meet the OG Cali Kush, one of the most delicious citric and sour strains around. This hybrid sativa has lots of limonene terpene, making it a great choice to get a mood uplift and some much-needed boost to get your productivity going. This strain generally has 19% of THC, meaning it has around 22-23% of THCA.
White Tahoe Cookies Strain
With a massive 23% of THCA content, Tahoe Cookies is a delicious indica strain that amplifies the original Girl Scout Cookies’ flavors and potency. With butter, peachy, and nutty notes, this strain is perfect to unwind and relax and even spice things up in the bedroom from time to time.
Silver Haze Strain
Silver Haze is a fairly popular sativa with high THCA content ranging from 24 to 26%. This strain is known for its strong cerebral buzz and for making you feel social and talkative. Flavor-wise expect woody, tobacco, and even menthol notes, which taste great together thanks to its dense smoke.
Gorilla Glue Strain
Sometimes called GG#4 as well, varieties of this strain mostly come around 23 and 24% of THCA. This classic hybrid usually provides strong euphoric feelings with relaxation, with the feeling of being “glued” to your seat. This bud usually has a pungent and piney aroma, so expect herbal and natural after-tones mixed in with the kushy and spicey notes in the begging.
Gelato is one of the classic indica-dominant hybrids you’ll find nowadays. It is very popular due to its distinctive flavor and gets the best from Thin Mint GSC and Sunset Sherbet, giving it a delicious citrus and berry profile that mixes with creamy vanilla notes. This strain’s THCA levels are usually around 9 and 14%.
Banana MAC Strain
This strain is bananas, and we mean this both literally and figuratively. This indoor hybrid strain packs 3.5% THCA concentration with delicious tropical vibes and sticky buds. Now, don’t be fooled by the smaller cannabinoid concentrate; the nutty and tropical notes from this flower give it the taste of a fresh banana cookie. Effect-wise, expect a mood uplift and general relaxation.
High THCA Hemp Strains
We’ve checked some of the best-tasting THCA flowers, but what about potency? Well, if you are here for strong-hitting buds instead, we also have a small list of our top choices of delicious buds with high THCA content too. Let’s check some of them out.
Champagne Slushie Strain
Some strains are a must when trying THCA-heavy buds, and the indica-leaning Champagne Slushie is one of them. This unique strain is related to other Champagne flowers like Champagne Kush. Some varieties include THCA levels of 15-18%, depending on the parents and general breeding.
That said, most varieties have delicious pear, vanilla, and even butter notes that feel like a decadent treat. If you are curious about this strain, you can try it in pre roll form with THCA crystals infused over here.
Orange Creamsicle Strain
Now, let’s go with a high-hitter that has some nostalgic orange cream flavors. The Orange creamsicle is a sativa-leaning strain with strongly sweet and tropical notes. Some distinctive flavors include mangoes, oranges, and creamy aftertaste. We love this strain’s uplifting effects with a whopping 20% of THCA content.
Death Star Strain
This strain is quite literally out of this world. The heavy-hitting indica Death Star is known for its skunky aromas that are very pungent to the taste. Most people will melt away with its whopping 19% of THC, meaning it has around 22 and 23% of THCA content.
If you are a cannaseur, you might recognize “Thai Sticks” from the list. This cannabis variety, originally from Thailand, has a THCA content of 23%. With energetic effects and a reported brain buzz, this earthy and woody variety is a classic that you need to try if you are switching up to THCA flower.
Laughing Buddha Strain
Despite the name, the potency of this flower is no laughing matter. With over 25% of THCA levels, this award-winning sativa has lots of spice and fruity notes that give this bud lots of complexity. Effects-wise, do expect to feel giggly and energetic due to the pure sativa origin of this bud.
One of the most delicious strains on the list, Peach Cobbler, has the most intense peachy, fruity, and vanilla-like aromas that we’ve found. With incredible relaxing feelings, this unique Indica-leaning hybrid is the perfect treat with over 26% of THCA levels. If you want to try this delicious strain in an infused pre roll, check out our infused pre rolls over here.
Hippie Crasher Strain
Last but definitely not least, this strain is the creme-de-la-creme of all of the THCA levels on the list. This indica strain has over 31% of THCA, making it the strongest on the list. Users might even feel tingly all over and just melt on their couch with its potency and effects. And thanks to its mint and vanilla notes, you’ll probably get sent to sweet dreams after a few puffs of this bud.
Best THCA Flower: Reddit Picks
While some people don’t really like differentiating between THCA flowers and regular weed, some Reddit communities do have a few favorites. One of them is a variety of Moonshine Haze, which has a whopping 20-23% THCA levels before heating it up. This sativa hybrid was mentioned due to its deliciously flavored smoke and uplifting effects.
Another notable mention from the subreddit is Blue Cheese, a high-hitting blueberry and cheese strain that’s fairly covered in THCA crystals. This indica-dominant hybrid was a win due to its strong potential, with some varieties going over 23% of THCA.
Lastly, B.O.B, a crossbreed between Powerberry and AC/DC was the final choice from the community. This pungent flower has 18-20% of THCA potential, with tasty lavender, clove, lime, and cinnamon notes that are just a treat. And with its strong buzzing effects, we now know why it is a fan favorite from the community.
Best Place to Buy THCA Online
We’ve reviewed some of the best-tasting THCA flowers around the hemp space; however, smoking these still require you to get smoking paraphernalia, like bongs, pipes, or papers. If you want to skip the cleaning and maintenance hassle, we actually recommend trying our new THCA Diamond Infused Pre Rolls first.
Our THCA-infused pre rolls at the Delta Munchies store are the perfect way to try high-potency extracts and delicious-tasting flowers. These come in a two-pack, with 1.5g of weed each.
Besides the tasty hemp flower, these are glazed with THCA extract and infused with top-shelf THCA diamonds. These small sediments will spice up your smoking sessions by hitting harder than regular THCA flower, while also amping up the aromas and taste of the hemp used.
You can try these in three of our delicious strains: the all-fruity and luscious hybrid Peach Cobbler, the sweet and with lots of butter notes indica Champagne Slushie, or the energizing berry-flavored sativa Berry Marmalade.
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