THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is mostly known as the fun chemical that gives cannabis its intoxicating and mind-altering properties. Thanks to its many therapeutic benefits, it has also gained a reputation as a medical cannabinoid. Without THC, cannabis simply wouldn’t provide us with the same, high-level recreational and medicinal value. But, did you know that there’s actually more than one kind of THC to enjoy? We’ll start with our two favorite types of THC.
What is Delta-9 THC?
Delta-9 THC is the THC that most people are familiar with. When ingested, it produces an intoxicating and uplifting euphoria that makes people feel happy and relaxed. It also has serious therapeutic potential and has been used as a sleep aid, muscle relaxant, appetite booster, pain reliever, and more. Unless otherwise stated, this is the kind of THC that you’ll find in extracts such as THC oil, THC edibles, and other THC-infused products.
Delta-9 THC is so desirable that many strains have been specially bred to maximize its THC levels. Whereas once upon a time high-THC strains meant something like 10% to 15%, several of today’s strains can reach whopping levels of more than 30% THC. If you’re looking for something to help you relax or have some fun, this is the one you’ll want.
What is THCA?
THCA is known as the acidic precursor to THC. If you’ve ever shopped for cannabis at a dispensary, then you’ve likely noticed that each strain on the shelves has a clearly labeled THC percentage that lets you know just how much THC it contains. But the truth is: In its natural form, fresh cannabis flower doesn’t actually contain any THC at all. Flower actually contains THCA.
Although it is believed to have several therapeutic benefits, THCA does not actually get you high. In order to produce the signature effects of cannabis, THCA must first be converted to THC. That’s why eating raw cannabis won’t get you buzzed, but eating a fully cooked/processed edible will. In order for THCA to be converted into THC, it must be exposed to heat in a process called decarboxylation. Like being exposed to the heat from a lighter or an oven, for example.
What is Delta-8 THC?
Another form of THC is called Delta-8 THC. Delta-8 is created as Delta-9 THC ages and breaks down. Basically, it’s older cannabis—and while it isn’t totally useless, we don’t recommend it. If you’re looking for the Delta benefits, stick with Delta-9 for its potency, flavor, and all-round goodness.
What is THCV?
THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin) is another byproduct of the breakdown of Delta-9 THC. At low doses, THCV doesn’t actually produce any noticeable buzz whatsoever. But at larger doses, it is known for producing something of a buzz, more similar to Delta-8 THC than Delta-9. And while its effects don’t last quite as long as those of Delta-9, they do kick in more quickly.
Another significant difference is that, while Delta-9 and Delta-8 are known for boosting appetite, THCV is actually known for suppressing it. It’s even believed to limit the ability of Delta-9 to cause the munchies.
What We Recommend
Delta-9 THC and THCa are the two types of THC that we recommend sticking with to get the most out of your cannabis experience. If you’re looking for THC products, make sure to check out our shop for a wide selection of trustworthy and high-quality THC oils, edibles, and more.