CBD and THC are the cannabinoids that are already been garnering attention from cannabis enthusiasts. As time passes, advancements in the world of cannabis are increasing. In the ever-evolving world of cannabis, a new player is emerging on the market and captivating the minds of cannabis enthusiasts. In the last few years, a lot of brands jumped into the market and have commercialized THC-O products. Unlike other cannabinoids which are derived from hemp like CBD, THC, or CBG, THC-O cannot be found naturally in the hemp plants. Today, we will be discussing this new cannabinoid, THC-O.

What is THC-O?

THC-O, THCO, or Tetrahydrocannabinol-O-acetate, is a synthesized cannabinoid, meaning it is not found naturally in the hemp plant like other cannabinoids. Since THC-O is not naturally present in the plant naturally, it is derived from THC where the cannabinoid is created through a chemical process that involves modifying THC molecules.

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Is THC-O psychedelic or psychoactive?

As we have mentioned above, THC-O acetate is derived from THC, so it possesses strong psychoactive effects which can produce intense euphoria and other psychotropic effects. Sometimes, it is referred to as psychedelic as it is reported to have intense and potentially hallucination experiences almost borderline psychedelic high. For newbies, it’s advised to go slowly when trying any powerful cannabinoid.

How potent is THC-O?

THC-O is also known as super-potent cannabinoid and It’s considered to be 3 times more potent/intoxicating than THC and 5 times more intoxicating than Delta 8. However, the exact potency depends on several factors including purity, the concentration of the compound, consumption method, and more importantly individual sensitivity. Due to its high potency, a small dose can have potent psychoactive effects including changes in mood and a sense of euphoria.

Chemical Structure of THC-O

The chemical structure of THC-O is different than Delta 9 THC, which is the main psychoactive compound in hemp plants. Whereas THCO can only be produced in the lab through the acetylation process meaning the absence of organic elements that are found in Delta 9.

Is it legal?

Yes, it is absolutely legal because it is obtained through the hemp extraction process. According to the Farm Bill 2018, hemp products with no more than 0.3% THC can be legally sold, transported, and consumed.

What are the effects of THC-O?

There has been very little scientific research done on the side effects of consuming THC-O. As mentioned earlier the potency of this cannabinoid can produce a much more intense experience than all other forms of THC. However, based on users’ reports and the general effects of THC and synthetic cannabinoids, here are some following effects:

  • Intense psychoactive effects
  • Enhanced sensory perception
  • Altered time perception
  • Dry mouth and thirst
  • Inducing relaxation and sedation
  • Increased heart rate

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How to consume THC-O products?

Like any other cannabinoids, THC-O products are also available in all the usual cannabis styles such as disposable vapes, oils, distillate, and gummies. Terpenes are also added to increase the flavor and aroma of the product as vapers are sold with unflavoured distillate. Here are the methods to use THC-O products:

Disposable Vapes: THC-O in disposable vape is pure concentrated hemp, it takes much less time to feel the effects. You will start to feel its effects immediately which can peak within 20-30 minutes.  It’s advised to wait for 20-30 minutes before you hit another puff.

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Gummies: Consuming THC-O in the form of gummies is a popular form for those who prefer convenient and easier consumption. Sometimes, what people do wrong when they consume gummies is they take 2nd dose without waiting for the effects of 1st dose. THCO Gummies or Gummies as in take more time for the effects to kick as compared to vaping because edibles typically require digestion and absorption into the bloodstream. So wait for at least 40 minutes – 60 minutes for the effects to take hold and check how you feel before deciding whether to consume or not.

Tinctures: THCO can also be consumed by placing a few drops under the tongue in the form of tinctures. Tinctures allow relatively fast absorption into the bloodstream.

Adjust your THC-O dosing

For Beginners and regular users specifically to go slow wait for a few minutes to observe the effect then you can go further accordingly. It’s important to note that the effects of THC-O can last from 3-5 hours. However, the intensity of effects varies from person to person based on the size of each dose and the person’s tolerance to hemp.

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Will THC-O Show up on a drug test?

THCO is the derivative of THC, this will make it appear on the drug test. Drug tests typically look for the presence of THC and its metabolites in the body. If found it will show up on a drug test and can make you fail the test. Since it is a less-studied cannabinoid there is little or no information on how long does THC-O remains in the system.

Where to buy THC-O products?

It is very important when purchasing hemp-derived products, that you choose a reputed online brand like D8 Gas. At D8 Gas, we carry high-quality, lab-tested products which are made from US-grown hemp. We offer a wide selection of other THC-O products like Delta 8, Delta 9, and Delta 10 THC.

About the author
Adrian Mota

Hi there, I'm Adrian! I'm passionate about cannabinoids – My journey into this fascinating world began with a curiosity to understand how these compounds interact with our bodies. I've been digging into how they work in our bodies and what benefits they might offer. From exploring their various uses and perks to understanding the importance of safety considerations, I'm here to deliver clear and concise information to empower others. My aim is to help everyone get a grasp on cannabinoids so you can make smart choices as you browse through different brands and products.