What is THC-O? In a few ways, THC-O is different from other types of cannabinoids. These differences are quite notable, and it is important to understand them before considering using THC-O for any kind of purpose, recreational or medicinal.
What is THC-O?
The most striking aspect of THC-O is that, unlike any other cannabinoid, it is not a naturally grown substance. In other words, it is a synthetic — created and tested in laboratories under specific conditions. Unfortunately, this means that not only should you not attempt to make this in your own home, and because it’s synthetic, you also can’t grow it, even if you wanted to.
Why is it made this way? Well, THC-O is a shortened term for “THC-O-Acetate.” Acetate is the molecule that is chemically spliced into the rest of it and is in many ways the single biggest differentiator between this and other cannabinoids.
How does acetate make such a big difference? To answer that, we need to look at what THC-O does.
What Does THC-O Do?
THC-O is the strongest form of cannabis that currently exists. How strong, you ask? Believe it or not, this cannabinoid is reported to be three times as strong as the previous strongest cannabinoid (delta-9 THC). So what exactly does that mean, and what are the effects?
Most people who have taken THC-O in clinical studies have described the experience as a trip. It’s not unlike the experience someone would have after taking psychedelics. It is known to induce a state where the body and the mind are both completely submerged in a transcendent, immersive, and spiritual journey.
This, of course, might be a turn-off for those who aren’t interested in that strong of a buzz. In fact, for medicinal purposes, it’s only recommended for those who don’t experience the needed effects of other cannabinoids. As each person has different biological needs, what is perfectly potent enough for one can be useless to another. For recreational purposes, however, the effects speak for themselves.
Current versions of THC-O are not water-soluble but oil-soluble instead. What does that mean? In simple terms, it means that the actual effects aren’t felt immediately but spread slowly over time through your body.
The potential benefits of this type of cannabinoid are similar to other variants, only stronger. If regular cannabis products don’t do it for you, then this very well might.
The Differences between Delta 9 THC, Delta 8 THC, and THC-O
To fully understand THC-O, we feel that it’s helpful to do a more extensive comparison to its sister THC molecules, Delta 9 THC and Delta 8 THC.
Delta 9 THC
The most commonly known THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) molecule is Delta 9 THC. This is the one most people think about when they hear “THC.” Delta 9 THC is a cannabinoid just like its sisters and is found naturally in great abundance in the mature marijuana plant. This is the specific cannabis molecule famous for giving the user a feeling of being high.
Depending on the strain, users generally feel a head high that somewhat dulls their senses. Additionally, with the indica strain of cannabis, users also feel a deep sense of relaxation throughout their bodies.
Delta 9 THC can be extracted directly from the marijuana plant and made into products. It is currently a Schedule 1 substance on the DEA’s list of controlled substances and is illegal on a federal level. However, all but a handful of states have made Delta 9 THC legal for at least medical use.
Delta 8 THC
Delta 8 THC is another THC cannabinoid molecule found in the cannabis plant. However, this one is not as well-known as its sister molecule, Delta 9 THC, and is not nearly as abundant in the cannabis plant. Delta 8 THC only makes up less than 1% of the plant. Therefore, Delta 8 THC has to be created to be commercially viable by converting other plentiful cannabinoids like CBD into Delta 8 THC through a chemical process.
Delta 8 gives the user an intoxicated feeling, but not nearly to the level of Delta 9. In addition, Delta 8 THC provides for more of a good feeling throughout the body with a clear head as opposed to Delta 9 THC’s head high.
Delta 8 THC is derived from hemp, so it is placed in the same category as CBD and is federally legal. It has also not made it on the DEA’s list of controlled substances, although the DEA has made moves to do so. However, 17 states so far have made it illegal on a state level.
Like Delta 8 THC, THC-O must be created in a laboratory through a chemical process. As a result, THC-O has the most intoxicating effect of any of the other THC cannabinoids. It is reported to be 300% stronger than Delta 9 THC and produces the same kind of head high. In addition, however, THC-O is reported to cause more of a psychedelic experience not unlike that of LSD, and users have reported a spiritual feeling when using this substance.
THC-O is currently in the same legal category as CBD, Delta 8 THC, and other cannabinoids. The Farm Bill of 2018 specifically made Delta 9 THC illegal in quantities over 0.3% but, by default, made all other cannabinoids legal. So THC-O is completely legal on a federal level and has yet shown up on either the DEA’s or most state’s legal radar.
Providing You with the Best!
The Hemp Doctor is now offering THC-O Acetate Vape Cart Oil! We have five strains to choose from:
- Skywalker OG (Indica)
- Runtz (Hybrid)
- Trainwreck (Sativa)
- Gorilla Glue (Hybrid)
- Amnesia Haze (Sativa)
Our THC-O is hemp-derived and federally legal, made with the superior compounds from our Delta 8 THC, producing the highest quality THC-O available. Its makeup is much more viscous than Delta 8 THC oil, similar to CBD or CBN distillate. The pull is smooth with no burn, but be careful, it’s a creeper! For some, it may take up to 30 minutes before the effects begin to kick in, so be patient and don’t overdo it.
**CAUTION: TAKE 1 SHORT PUFF AND WAIT 15-30 MINUTES BEFORE TAKING ANOTHER PUFF. DO NOT ASSUME YOUR DELTA 8 OR DELTA 9 TOLERANCE TRANSLATES TO THIS COMPOUND.