Last Updated on 2 semanas by Plain Jane
The legal status of hemp has made it the focal point of fevered research efforts that hope to unravel its hidden truths. For the most part, cannabidiol or CBD has earned the most attention from these research endeavors. But there’s so much more to hemp’s elaborate chemistry than just CBD.
Making ripples across the market, THC-O has gained notable attention for its controversial name. Closely related to THC, this ester produces similar effects to the notorious psychoactive cannabinoid — minus the iffy legal status.
What is THC-O?
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Tetrahydrocannabinol acetate or THC-O is a hemp-derived compound that’s mainly synthesized in sophisticated labs. That means it doesn’t naturally occur in the plant and must be processed and manufactured in a controlled environment.
According to users, THC-O produces a similar effect to THC. In fact, many of those who have used the product claim that it delivers a more powerful experience than the illegal THC. Aside from relaxing both mind and body, THC-O also offers mind-altering effects that may alter your perceptions.
Presently, the legal status of THC-O sits in a gray area. Since it is hemp-derived, and it isn’t technically delta-9 THC, the product freely circulates the market without any restrictions from the federal government.
How is THC-O Made?
The process of making THC-O involves various technical steps and procedures that most people can’t perform at home. Utilizing highly flammable products and substances, experts recommend against attempting to produce the substance without sufficient experience or knowledge.
To start, manufacturers extract CBD from hemp plant samples. This is then converted to delta-8 THC by way of a refluxing process. The resulting delta-8 THC is then added to acetic anhydride which creates the final THC-O product.
As of writing, THC-O products exist in the form of distillate, gummies, and vape products. Some vendors also sell THC-O flowers and pre-rolls. But since THC-O isn’t naturally occurring, it’s hard to think how they manage to infuse THC-O into their natural hemp flower products.
Effects of THC-O
Today, it’s not hard to find THC-O products across the web. With growing accessibility, more and more people have had the opportunity to try THC-O for themselves, allowing others a glimpse into the blend of effects that the product offers.
Presently, there aren’t enough standardized studies to provide a truly accurate understanding of THC-O’s benefits. However anecdotal evidence supports the idea that it works similarly to CBD and THC.
Here are some of the most commonly reported effects of THC-O:
- Stress relief
- Mental clarity
- Body comfort
- Mood enhancement
- Social stimulation
- Appetite stimulation
- Improved sleep quality and duration
- Reduced inhibitions
- Increased libido
- Altered perception of reality
In a lot of ways, THC-O mimics the effects of the controversial, psychoactive compound THC. Based on anecdotal reports, THC-O might even deliver a slightly more intense experience than the naturally occurring THC, making it more suitable to users with a higher tolerance and more experience using cannabis-derived products.
Is THC-O Legal?
Things get a little blurry when you explore THC-O’s legality. According to the 2018 Farm Bill, delta-9 THC is the only compound in all of hemp’s chemistry that was singled out as illegal. That means everything else is free for people to extract and use.
Considering the method of producing THC-O, it falls into the legal category based on the stipulations of the Farm Bill. Remember that to produce the substance, manufacturers use CBD — the most popular and most widely circulated hemp-derived compound to date.
Since the Farm Bill makes no stipulations that attempt to restrict or control the use of CBD, it’s safe to say that THC-O isn’t illegal. Well, at least at a federal level.
Many states and jurisdictions have placed limits on the use, sale, and possession of THC-O. Across the United States, only 38 states have allowed their citizens to access and use THC-O. All of the others have banned the product for its similar effects to THC.
If you’re planning to buy THC-O, make sure you read up on local laws and regulations. Fortunately, most vendors will bar your order if they see that you’re located in a state that doesn’t permit THC-O use and sale. Nevertheless, it pays to check for yourself since some vendors won’t perform the due diligence for you.
Can THC-O Get You High?
According to most users, THC-O produces a response similar to THC. Interestingly, users even claim that THC-O may deliver psychoactive effects three times more potent than that THC.
That said, you should expect a feeling of a high after using THC-O. The effects take up to 30 minutes to reach their peak after you take the dose. The length of time that the effects stick around depends on how much THC-O you take.
That said, it’s advisable to limit THC-O use to the privacy and safety of your home. Given that it can alter your perception of reality and impair your inhibitions and judgment, discretion is advised when using this potent hemp-derived product.
Another thing to remember is that it’s a very strong substance. People who aren’t used to its level of potency may experience uncomfortable side effects and adverse reactions. See to it that you carefully measure out your dose and inch your way to your threshold if you’re using THC-O for the first time.
Can You Fail a Drug Test with THC-O?
For the record, THC-O doesn’t come from THC. Although they have similar chemical structures, these two substances are entirely different. Nevertheless, they act on the same receptors and produce a very similar response.
That said, THC-O might cause you to fail a drug test. According to research, the ester breaks down once metabolized and may turn into THC once in the system. So even though it’s chemically different from THC, the striking similarities between these two compounds make them seem like the same thing, especially to a drug test.
People who take THC-O (or any hemp-derived product for that matter) frequently over a long period of time may test positive for marijuana within 21 days after their last dose. If you’re scheduled for a drug test, it helps to go for a cleanse at least 3 weeks before your designated test.
A Semi-Legal THC Alternative
If you’ve always wondered what THC might do for you, but felt restricted by rules and laws, then THC-O might provide an alternative. This federally legal substance provides a more potent experience than THC — minus the federal ban.
Keep in mind though that THC-O isn’t for the faint of heart, and it isn’t a substance to be used carelessly. Check your local laws, trust only the most reputable vendors, and practice caution during your first dose to avoid any unwanted effects that THC-O might bring.