Buckle up THC fans; THC-O is quickly gaining ground as the market's most prominent, hemp-based cannabinoid. Because it's so new, little research has been conducted. But we're here to share all the details onthis exciting new THC compound.
Keep reading to learn more about this THC analog's psychedelic production and legal status.
What Does THC O Mean?
THC-O has advantages over conventional weed - primarily its strength. Not naturally occurring, THC-O is produced synthetically and was first discovered by the U.S. Military in the 1940s.
Also known as THC-O-acetate, it's not a cannabinoid at all. Instead, THC-O is created by adding acetic anhydride to delta-8, a THC-based cannabinoid.
Even though THC-O is technically not a cannabinoid, it's still considered a THC derivative, meaning it has the same psychedelic compounds. From a legal standpoint, THC-O is made up of hemp-based CBD.
If you're new to THC-O, please understand that making a DIY batch is not advised. Technically dangerous to produce, you must have the proper equipment, such as a vacuum hood and safety goggles.
Is THC-O Stronger Than THC?
THC-O is up to three times more potent than conventional forms of THC found in most cannabis strains. As discussed, THC-O is considered an analog or derivative of conventional delta-9 THC. When talking about THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, it's essential to understand the different analogs.
Regular THC is known as delta-9. This THC analog is most notable in marijuana. Delta 8 is the new kid on the block and is considered "weed lite" because it's less potent than delta-9. Another analog, delta-10, is also less potent and considered naturally occurring.
Is THC-O Stronger Than Delta 9?
Yes. As mentioned, delta-9 is good, old-fashioned THC found in marijuana. So when we're talking about delta-9, know THC-O is much more potent. Unlike THC-O, delta-9 is not an artificially created product.
Delta-9 occurs naturally and is considered a primary cannabinoid, along with CBD. Unlike CBD, however, delta-9 is not federally legal. Like CBD, THC-O has the advantage of being legalized federally and in 41 states (more on that in a minute).
Is THC-O Stronger Than Delta-8?
Yes, THCO is a much stronger analog. Delta-8 is gaining momentum as a "THC-lite" because of its less potent psychoactive properties. If you get a little paranoid after consuming delta-9, delta-8 may be an excellent option.
Delta-8 is about half as strong as delta-9. This means THC-O is roughly 6 x stronger than delta-8. If you're new to cannabis, consider starting with delta-8 first. The FDA does urge caution, however, even when using the less potent delta-8.
How Does THC-O Feel?
You'll feel a much more euphoric and intense buzz with THC-O over virtually any other THC analog. Some also say THC-O provides more energy and creativity than ordinary THC.
Other potential experiences include:
- Intense psychoactive effects
- Spiritually centered
- Overall well-being
- Powerful insight
What Are the Benefits of THC-O?
So far, research is limited. We know that THC-O acts much like THC and its analogs, such as delta-8. Based on that reasoning, along with what other users say, is that THC-O can help in the following ways:
- Increased hunger
- Pain relief
- Insomnia relief
Side Effects: THC-O
Conversely, THC-O may also have unwanted effects, mainly if your ECS is more sensitive to THC. The ECS, or Endocannabinoid System, is a complex physiological system within you that interacts with synthetic and natural cannabinoids.
Once ingested, each person's ECS interacts differently with the type of cannabis consumed. For example, CBD helps relieve some with epilepsy, while CBG and CBN help relieves insomnia. Because of different responses within your ECS, you may negatively interact with THC-O, which can include the following symptoms:
- Increased heart rate
- Increased blood pressure
Is THC-O Legal?
As long as THC-O is created using hemp-based CBD, it's federally legal. In 2018, congress passed the Farm Bill Act, which classifies the two forms of cannabis, Sativa, hemp, and marijuana, as two different crops.
Marijuana is considered illegal, while hemp is legal. That's because hemp has much less THC content. By law, any THC-based product must contain 0.3% or less THC, making hemp perfect for manufacturers.
One confusing aspect is that the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) states that all synthetic THC is illegal. That makes THC-O legality a little questionable. So far, it's safe to assume federal law supersedes DEA law, and most THC-O is legal as long as it's derived from hemp.
Will I Fail A Drug Test After Taking THC-O?
Yep, it's a real possibility. Unlike other cannabinoids like CBD and CBG, THC is what screeners look for when it comes to drug tests. Even synthetic THC analogs like THC-O could still appear on a drug screen.
How Safe Is THC-O?
THC-O is very new, but it's safe to assume you won't have a fatal overdose from it. However, THC-O is not well-regulated, and you must buy from a reputable vendor. Key elements to keep in mind when purchasing THC-O include:
- Look for a lab report on your company's website.
- Buy hemp-sourced THC-O
- Never make your own THC-O
How Much THC-O Should I Use?
Once you've got the right THC-O product and are comfortable with its effects, you'll need to choose your dose. For starters, choose the smallest dose possible and work your way up to full strength.
For most average-sized people, 2 mg is considered a normal-sized dose. Keep in mind a little goes a long way. THC-O binds to your cannabinoid receptors much more than other THC analogs.
For most, you'll feel the effects right away - plus, it'll be 3x more potent than typical weed.
Final Thought: THC-O
THC-O was discovered accidentally over 80 years ago, but it's probably here to stay. Not only is it legal, but THC-O is more potent than most cannabis strains, including delta-9.
Because it's synthetic, laws might evolve and change their legal status. But for now, you canbuy THC-Oas long as it's sourced from hemp. While legal federally, you'll also want to check your state and local laws to see THC-O legal status.
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