Blast off to new heights with THC-O, the hottest new cannabinoid in town! What is THC-O, you may ask? Well, let us just say, it’s stronger than regular THC. Think of it as a one-way ticket to a trippy, spiritual journey. With over half of the states in the US now allowing THC-O, and the 2018 Farm Bill giving it a federal green light, it’s time to join the stoner elite and see what all the fuss is about.
What is THC-O?
Let me break it down for you. THC-O stands for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol acetate ester, also known as THC acetate ester or O-acetyl-Δ9-THC. It’s the scientific name for this compound that’s found in the raw and live cannabis plant, but the cool kids in the industry call it THC-O acetate (ATHC or THC-Oa). But, most people just keep it simple and call it THC-O. You might also see it written as THCO or THC O, but it’s pronounced “THC-oh,” not like a zero, like the letter O.
How is THC-O Made?
THC-O is made through a crazy chemical process using acetic anhydride. This stuff is so volatile and flammable that it requires specialized equipment to make it safely. Do not try this at home!
Here’s how it works: first, manufacturers extract CBD from hemp. Then, that CBD is turned into Delta-8 THC through a chemical reaction. And finally, you add some acetic anhydride to the mix to get THC-O acetate. The “O” signifies the addition of that acetate, and it’s that little molecular change that makes THC-O so potent.
Is THC-O Legal?
Here’s the catch about alt noids – they’ve been living in a legal gray area until February 2023.
Yep, you heard that right! The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has gone ahead and declared Delta-8-THC-O and Delta-9-THC-O as illegal controlled substances. These compounds are not exactly naturally occurring in hemp or marijuana, so they’re considered synthetic cannabinoids. Say what?!
Now, before you start freaking out, let me give you a little background. The 2018 Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp and its byproducts, but only if they contained no more than 0.3% Delta-9 THC by volume. And that’s when the market for cannabinoids started to grow, with all kinds of alternative cannabinoids popping up – including those sneaky synthetic THC isomers.
But hold up! Don’t go throwing out all your hemp and marijuana products just yet. This latest update only affects Delta-8-THC-O and Delta-9-THC-O. Other alternative cannabinoids like THC-JD, THC-P, THCP-O, THC-H, THC-B, HHC, HHC-O, and HHC-P are still safe (for now, at least) because they do exist naturally in trace amounts.
Advocates believe that the federal prohibition on marijuana needs to end before we can successfully regulate both synthetic and naturally occurring cannabinoids. So let’s keep our fingers crossed, shall we? In the meantime, let’s keep enjoying the many wonders of hemp and marijuana while we can. But remember, always use responsibly and follow the law (or at least try to!). Cheers to getting high on life, friends!
How Strong is THC-O?
THC-O is said to be stronger than THC, some reports say it’s up to three times stronger. Consumers report that this compound produces stronger psychedelic effects compared to other cannabinoids, with a tendency towards a spiritual experience. This is because the compound binds more tightly to the body’s cannabinoid receptors than the other THC forms, which reportedly generates a more intense psychedelic effect compared to other cannabinoids and often has a spiritual aspect.
THC-O Benefits and Uses
THC-O-acetate is like the wild child of cannabinoids. People have reported trippy experiences, mild hallucinations, and some seriously wild visuals, so it’s earned the nickname “the psychedelic cannabinoid.” It’s like taking your mind to a whole new level, dude. Not just your regular old high, but like, deeper introspection and spiritual sensations.
And when you take THC-O, you might experience some or all of these gnarly effects:
- Body high: Feeling like a noodle, man
- Buzz: Like a bee in your brain, but in a good way
- Consciousness expansion: Your mind is going places, dude
- Joy: Happiness overload
- Psychedelic effects: Trippy man, trippy
- Relaxation: Chill mode, activate!
Despite the anecdotal benefits, THC-O will no longer be available for sale. However, fret not! There are tons of amazing alt noids to choose from. Head to our shop and check out the entire collection!