THC-O | What Is It and What Are Its Effects?
What is THC-O?
THC-O is a synthetic form of Delta 9 THC also called THO-Acetate—the chemical responsible for marijuana’s psychoactive effect. It’s known for being incredibly potent. Though relatively new to the general public, THC-O has been around for many decades, with experiments involving the chemical going back to the middle of the twentieth century. People have claimed it is three times stronger than marijuana. I have personal experience with a Cutleaf 2000mg Hemp disposable vaporizer. The oil is made up of 20% THC-O, 9% Terp, 45% CBD and 26% Full Spectrum CBD. I do not feel three times higher from trying THC-O.
Is THC-O Safe & Legal?
THC-O’s safety is questionable. Some reports suggest that it is several hundred times more potent than Delta 9. While exaggeration may have a role to play in these reports, the fact remains that THC-O is an extremely potent chemical that can create a very adverse reaction in the user who is not prepared for it.
Technically, it may be legal, thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill which legalized cannabis-related products of any kind containing less than .03% Delta 9 THC. The spirit of this rule was to allow for the broader use of hemp products, both as a textile and in applications such as CBD. Though recreational use was not intended by the Farm Bill, products like THC-O have found their way onto the market based on the fact that they do not contain Delta 9. However, individual states may have their own rules pertaining to THC-O and other hemp derivatives.
Does THC-O Make You High?
Yes. The high comes on very subtle but intensifies. I wouldn’t describe the high as overwhelming, but it does feel very much like Delta 9 THC. If your cartridge was 100% pure THCO, you may go a bit overboard. Many products on the market are blended with Terps, CBD, and other cannabinoids.
Does THC-O Contain THC?
Though THC-O is a form of THC, it is not the kind that is currently prohibited under United States law. Though it shares much in common with Delta 9 in terms of outcomes, it is chemically distinct.
THC-O Side Effects
Because of its extreme potency, THC-O is associated with a wide number of side effects. Many users report confusion, anxiety, dry mouth, memory loss, fatigue, and a wide range of other complaints. From personal experience, I find that it gives me a little more mucus and congestion in my chest compared to other cannabis-derived cannabinoids.
THC-O may appeal to experienced cannabis users with extremely high tolerances. Though it may not be 300 times as potent as Delta 9 (as some suggest) conservative estimates say it could at least double the potency.
Because of its extreme effects, THC-O is not suitable for the majority of cannabis users. People interested in experimenting with it should do so cautiously, with measured doses, in a controlled, safe environment.
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