What is THC-O?
Doesn’t it seem like new cannabinoids are popping up all the time? Many cannabis users may find themselves confused about the variety of cannabinoids and products on the market, one of the most sought-after being THC-O. It’s always important to do your research on cannabis products before consuming them to fully understand what they are and how they will most likely react in your body. Like all other products at Hemp Doctor, our THC-O vapes and gummies are hemp-derived, lab tested, and made with full spectrum extracts. Continue reading this guide to find out how THC-O is made, if it’s legal, its benefits, and the details of our THC-O product selection.
How is THC-O Different From THC?
THC-O (tetrahydrocannabinol acetate) is the most potent cannabinoid currently available, with a potency arguably 300% stronger than THC (delta- 9). It has recently seen a significant rise in sales and interest in the last few years due to its low price and high potency.
Similar to delta-8 THC, THC-O is lab-made or “chemically procured.” THC-O is the abbreviation for “THC-O-Acetate.” An acetate is a form of acid that acts as a building block for fatty acids. Acetate can chemically alter molecules, specifically THC, to create new forms of cannabinoids such as THC-O. Sadly, this means you won’t be able to grow THC-O at home or find it naturally produced in cannabis plants.
Is THC-O Legal?
The DEA didn’t discover THC-O until the 1970s. Researchers from Jacksonville, Florida, combined cannabis extract with acetic anhydride creating THC-O.
THC-O is a hemp-derived cannabinoid like CBD, delta-8 THC, and other cannabinoids and shares the same legal status. The 2018 Farm Bill declared delta-9 THC unlawful in amounts greater than 0.3% but left all other cannabinoids legal by default. THC-O is, therefore, entirely legal on the federal level and has yet to appear on the DEA’s or most states’ legal radar. Moreover, unlike its predecessors, THC-O did not penetrate the criminal market for the next ten years; the federal drug administration declined to investigate the strange substance further since it did not appear as a plant-grown substance.
Even though THC-O is in the same legal category as Delta 8 THC compounds such as delta-8 are likely to become restricted or prohibited in some states. Because THC-O products are new to the market, states may take some time to catch up and determine THC-O’s legal status. The Hemp Doctor recommends that you check with your home state for the most up-to-date laws, as they may change in the future.
How is THC-O Made
The way to make THC-O Is to mix THC molecules with acetic anhydride, a highly combustible chemical. Because THC-O on the legal market derives from hemp, the process first involves extracting CBD from hemp and converting it to delta 8 THC. This process can be lengthy and intricate – especially in the final step. Next, the acetic anhydride is added to the delta-8, combining the THC molecules with the acetic anhydride creating THC-O.
To put it simply, THC-O is synthetic, developed, and tested in a lab under specific conditions, and consumers should NOT attempt to make it at home. In addition, the process can be highly flammable and potentially explosive, so it is important to conduct It in a controlled, ventilated laboratory environment.
What Are THC-O Benefits and Effects?
THC-O is gaining popularity in the United States due to increased interest in alternative cannabinoids such as delta-8 and delta-10. THC-O effects have been reported to range from those similar to delta-9 “head highs” to strong psychoactive experiences.
THC-O’s effects are delayed since it’s a prodrug of THC that needs to be deacetylated by your liver enzymes before it can interact with your system. This means the acetate group is removed from a molecule while it processes and is absorbed in your body. Users have reported THC-O to be medicinally beneficial. As a result, THC-O has become a favorable option among Americans as its strong potency results in an uplifting, mood-enhancing euphoria. However, there are not enough clinical studies to support these claims.
What To Expect When Consuming THC-O
It is important to be patient when consuming THC-O as your body doesn’t process It In the same way as It does any other cannabinoids you may have already tried. Below are two examples of how THC-O responds differently in the human body and what you can expect when consuming Hemp Doctor THC-O edibles and vapes.
Because THC-O is a synthetic cannabinoid, it is best to be cautious when purchasing products. Be sure to choose a shop with THC-O products examined and tested by qualified laboratories. All Hemp Doctor products are lab tested to ensure your THC-O and other cannabinoid products are safe and effective to consume. Always remember cannabinoids like THC-O last longer than others.
When ingested orally, THC-O usually takes longer to manifest in your body than delta-9. While delta-9 effects can be seen as soon as 20-30 minutes after consuming, THC-O can take up to an hour to kick in (or more).
THC-O can take up to 20 minutes to fully hit its peak power performance when inhaled. Unlike delta-8 products, which can reach their full effect potential almost instantaneously. THC-O vapes also have a much thicker viscosity than other cannabinoids like delta-8.
Shop For THC-O Products on Hemp Doctor
Hemp Doctor THC-O products are made by combining high-quality hemp-derived delta 8 THC with acetic anhydride. With a smooth pull and no burn, you can expect our THC-O vape carts to be much more viscous than delta-8 THC oil and comparable to CBD or CBN distillate consistency.
Hemp Doctor THC-O vape carts are now available in five strains:
- Skywalker OG (Indica)
- Runtz (Hybrid)
- Trainwreck (Sativa)
- Gorilla Glue (Hybrid)
- Amnesia Haze (Sativa)
Packed full of six flavors, our Hemp Doctor Fruit Cocktail THC-O hemp-based gummies are vegan-friendly and delicious!
Flavors in our 1800mg THC-O gummies are:
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