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How is all this legal?

Under Section 10013 of the 2018 Farm Bill, “hemp” is defined as “the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”

All of our products here at are legal in all 50 states under the 2018 Farm Bill because: 1) they are 100% derived from legal hemp, and 2) the products contain a “delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”

Cannabinoid and Terpene Descriptions + Effects

Finding what THC or CBD product works best for each individual is extremely overwhelming.  Each user reacts differently.  However, users are looking for specific effects and experiences when purchasing THC or CBD products.  This guide will help assist you in knowing what cannabinoid and products are right for you! 


What is Delta 9 THC? “The Main Psychoactive Ingredient in Marijuana”

Delta 9 THC is a cannabinoid molecule that is the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.   Delta 9 THC is an intoxicating and psychoactive cannabinoid most well-known to be capable of inducing a variety of sensory and psychological effects, including euphoric and therapeutic effects.

Our Delta 9 THC products are all 100% derived from hemp.  Thus, they provide identical effects to a Delta 9 THC product derived from marijuana.

What is THCa Flower?

THCa flower is product that resembles traditional cannabis but has less than .3% Delta 9 THC. It is the same great flower cannabis enthusiasts have enjoyed for years, minus the Delta 9 THC. The beautifully produced phytocannabinoid product tastes great and converts to Delta 9 THC when heated, giving an out-of-this-world euphoria very similar to the real product.

Traditionally smoked in a pipe, bong, bowl, into joints or blunts, THCa flower also makes a great addition to edibles like brownies and cookies; can be vaped on the go, and works wonders when made into topicals. THCa flower offers the same uses and benefits as traditional THC flower.

The effects may not be as intense or as long-lasting as those enjoyed after consuming real cannabis, but certainly do wonders for users. The amount of light exposure and heat used on THCa affects the intensity of its effects. Just as different cannabis strains produce different effects, so does THCa flower. Some strains are better than others, depending on what you like and the effects you want, as you might expect.

THCa flower is strain-specific, the same as traditional Delta 9 THC/cannabis flower. As you browse the wide selection of THCa flower available, you’ll discover strain names you’re very familiar with along with plenty of new names.

Everyone has heard names like Gorilla Glue, Grandaddy Purp, and Green Crack. Most cannabis consumers enjoy the strains and trust the effects it brings. You can find each strain available in THCa form.

You can also find many lesser-known strains available. Shockwave and Tsunami are two strains that whale not as popular as the aforementioned names, will soon become your favorites.

THCa flower is an excellent alternative to traditional Delta 9 THC flower.

Is THCa Flower Legal?

Cannabis laws differ in every state and confuse many people simply wanting to find out if they can legally consume products. We are proud to report that THCa is legal under federal law in all 50 states. It is not classified as a psychoactive cannabinoid or as a scheduled substance.

Anyone, anywhere in the U.S. can legally purchase and consume THCa flower and other THCa products without concern. While cannabis may not yet be legal in your state, THCa certainly is an awesome legal alternative.

If you still aren’t convinced that THCa is legal in your state, reach out to a local lawyer who will help you understand your local state laws. You can also learn information about THCa via the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) website. Every product sold on the DirectHemp website is 100% federally legal.

What is the Difference Between THCa and THC?

If THCa converts to THC, doesn’t this make the two cannabinoids practically identical? THC and THCa share many similar qualities as well as many distinct qualities. Want to know the differences between the two?

THCa is called tetrahydrocannabinolic acid. It is the inactive cannabinoid found in the trichomes of live and freshly harvested cannabis. An inactive compound is not purposeless, however.

THC is a psychotropic version of tetrahydrocannabinolic acid. THC generally cannot be found in live or freshly harvested cannabis. THC binds with CB1 receptors in the brain which causes users to feel “high.”

THCa has an extra carboxyl group not found in THC which makes binding with CB1 or CB2 receptors impossible due to an odd shape that makes it impossible to fit inside the receptor. This makes it impossible to experience the psychoactive effects created by THC that get you high.

THCa is essentially THC that has yet to undergo the decarb process. To convert THCa into THC, one must complete the decarboxylation process which removes that extra carboxyl group so that it fits inside those CB1 and CB2 receptors.

Decarbing THCa is pretty simple and does not require any tools. Heating the THCa product can be done in several ways, including through direct sunlight exposure, increased room temperatures, and direct heat exposure when smoking or vaping. Sunlight exposure is the most time-consuming decarb process while direct heat during consumption is the most common.

How do I Use THCa Hemp?

It is up to you to decide how you’ll consume THCa hemp. With many different options, you have a variety of ways to consume. The many options make changing consumption methods easy whenever the urge strikes. Changing consumption methods changes the effects and results that THCa offers. It is nice to experience something satisfyingly different now and again.

The best ways to use THCa hemp include:

  • Rolled into a joint: Many consumers use THCa hemp in traditional joint form. It’s simple to break down the cannabis flower to roll it into a joint that you can share with friends or enjoy all to yourself. You’ll need special joint rolling papers to roll joints. A variety of types of rolling papers are found at convenience stores and smoke shops everywhere.
  • Rolled into a blunt: An alternative to joint paper, blunts are preferred by many people who enjoy the added flavor provided by the cigar wrap. Many different flavors of blunt paper and wraps make consuming THCa a more enjoyable experience.
  • Water Bong: Smoking THCa in a water bong provides more intense, yet mellow effects. Smoking THCa flower in a bong uses up more of the flower, so many people reserve its use only on special occasions or when groups of friends come over to their home. To smoke from a bong, obviously, you need a bong. They come in many sizes, with costs ranging from $10 to $10,000, depending on the product, its size, features, design, etc. Fill the bottom portion of the bong with water, fill the bowl with THCa flower, light, inhale, and enjoy.
  • Vape: Vaping THCa flower requires a special tool called a vaporizer. Select a vape designed for dry herb since many are designed to accommodate oils and extracts. Opt for a vape pen for on-the-go indulging. Better yet, keep one of each on hand. Many people find vaping less harsh to their lungs. Vaping is more discreet than smoking THCa flower using more conventional options.
  • Edibles: Bake THCa into your edible treats for a discreet, tasty way to experience this cannabinoid. Consuming brownies, cookies, and other delicious snacks baked with THCa makes users feel like a kid on Christmas Day! That feeling is one every adult needs to experience now and then. Plus, edibles are super discreet and can even be consumed at work or other locations without any suspicion that you are indulging in cannabis products.

There is no right or wrong way to consume THCa flower from the options above. Use the method that you most prefer and that offers the best results specific to your needs and desires. This may differ for everyone but it’s plenty of fun trying them all out to find the option that you most prefer.

Most people use a few or all methods to consume THCa. Part of the fun is switching the consumption method. Each different way to use THCa produces slightly different effects.

What is Delta 8 THC?

Delta 8 THC is a naturally occurring cannabinoid in the hemp plant.  It has been reported to offer relaxing, mood-boosting, euphoric effects while allowing users to be yet clearheaded and not overwhelmingly intoxicating.  It is reported that users feel more functional and active on Delta 8 vs Delta 9 hence its name “Diet Weed.” With appropriate dosing, users report feeling far more functional and active on Delta 8.

What is Delta 10 THC?

Delta 10 THC is similar to Delta 8 THC but it is known for its uplifting and energetic properties hence its name “Energizing Diet Weed.”

 What is Full-Spectrum CBD?

Full-spectrum CBD is a type of CBD that contains all beneficial compounds naturally found in the cannabis plant including THC.

What is Broad-Spectrum CBD?

Broad-Spectrum CBD is a type of CBD that contains all beneficial compounds naturally found in the cannabis plant without THC.

What is CBN?

CBN (Cannabinol) is known for its sedative and relaxing properties.  It is the cannabinoid that cannabis breaks down into overtime.

What is CBG?

CBG aka the “Mother of all Cannabinoids” is known for its restorative effects is perfect for maintaining a balance between body and mind. It is used by many to help relax their mind and is a recovery agent for the body.

What are Terpenes?

Terpenes are what give cannabis and CBD products their effects and experiences.  They can be found in fruits, flowers, and cannabis and give them their aroma and flavors.