Putting the A in THC, THCA

Putting the A in THC, THCA. A treatment guideline for using medical cannabis THCA oil endorsed by Medical Cannabis Dispensary (MCD), South Africa.
Feb 13, 2017
Cannabis 101

This article outlines a general guideline of how the THCA tincture recommended by MCDSA may be used. THCA is commonly used to treat the following ailments:

  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Anti-inflammatory, pain related ailments, including arthritis and fibromyalgia
  • Epilepsy and seizures

You can read a bit more about these in our Treatment Guidelines.

Most of the people we treat choose the cannabis oils we endorse over conventional western medicines that have let them down. No one likes to get high! If the oils are used correctly this can be avoided altogether.


For dosing using a tincture, do not dilute in water or juice. It’s easiest to accurately dispense the drops from a tincture into a teaspoon and then consume. Alternatively drop directly into your mouth.

Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid (THCA) Oil

THCA refers to cannabis oil with a high content ratio of cannabinoid THCA which promotes general good health and well-being, benefits neurological disorders, and treats various ailments. THCA is a natural anti-inflammatory and effectively treats the pain associated with inflammation. THCA when taken in lower dosages is relatively non psychoactive. Micro-dose in drops using a tincture will allow you to build up a tolerance over a "¨short period (days). This will enable you to take the necessary "¨dosages to achieve the desired effect. There is no one-size-fits-all"¨ approach with THCA cannabis oil dosing – it’s different for everyone. Most, if not all people we help, must get on with day-to-day life and can’t afford to be high

Dosage: Start on lowest recommended dosage, 2 drops twice daily, to be safe, and increase as you feel comfortable until the desire effect is reached. If you feel “high” or abnormal, decrease dosage and remain on same dosage for 72 hours before increasing it again. Dosing twice a day, morning and later afternoon, is normally sufficient.

Recommended treatment:

We recommend using a tincture, with starting dosage of:

  • THCA: 2-5 drops – 2-3 times a day.

Start on 2 drops 2-3x a day. Increase every 48-72 hours by 1 drop per dosing. You can carry on increasing as need be. This way one avoids getting high.

Tinctures (1:10) are 1000mg of cannabinoid extract in 10ml MCT, 500+ drops per bottle (dropper top bottle). Each drop is 2mg.

MCDSA is unable to comment on “other” cannabis oils whose origins are unbeknown to us. We recommend reading about Cannabis Oil in South Africa before making any decisions.


MCDSA endorsed cannabis oils are all made from medical grade organic cannabis (flowers) only. The oils are processed in laboratory conditions using the latest technology similar, if not the same, equipment used in the legal states of America. Co2 based extraction cannabis oil is the latest, cleanest, toxin (solvent) free and most expensive extraction technique requiring specialized machinery. The entire process from soil to oil is controlled, after all what you put in is what you get out. The oils are not lab tested.

Side Effects

Everyone’s tolerance varies, rather be safe than sorry. Start low and increase dosages until desired dosage is reach. This way one avoids getting high altogether. If too much THC, THCA and or CBN oil is consumed too quickly a “high” or “stoned” feeling could be experienced, a general change in perception, euphoria (heightened mood), and an increase in appetite. Short term side effects may include a decrease in short-term memory, dry mouth, impaired motor skills, red eyes, and feelings of paranoia or anxiety. In the event of getting high it’s best to take a nap and sleep it off. The “feeling” will pass.


Cannabis oils are best kept in the fridge when not being used. If this is not possible, store in a cool dry dark cupboard. The oils have a shelf life of many years.

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