In the cannabis space, there is a newcomer that is not so new. It’s called THC-O. Confused? Let us explain. THC-O or THC-O Acetate is a synthetic cannabis compound that was first studied by the US Military in the 1940s. It occurred on the scene again briefly in the 1970s but then there was a hull. Recently with increasing cannabis legalization, interest in this super THC has increased.
A review of the Google search trends for the term “THC-O” reveals an uptick in consumer interest in this synthetic cannabinoid since the 2010s. THC-O is produced in a specially designed manufacturing unit that contains sophisticated vacuum-bound laboratories where the reaction or the reactive elements are not exposed to humans. THC-O is way stronger than Delta 9 THC or Delta 8 THC.
How is THC-O produced?
THC-O formation involves a number of complex reactions, that range from extractions to substitutions. In the first step, Cannabidiol or CBD is derived from the hemp biomass, keeping the THC extraction rate below 0.3 percent. The extracted CBD is then used to extract Delta 8 THC. At this step, the process can end because Delta 8 THC is a usable product and very famous cannabidiol, which is perfect for beginners, especially in the form of the Delta 8 Cart.
But for THC-O extraction, we have to go one step further and involve another chemical in the process which is called Acetic Anhydride. Acetic Anhydride is an odorless, tasteless, extremely inflammable chemical that is used in industries such as pharmaceuticals, explosives, paints, etc.
This organic solvent, i.e. Acetic Anhydride is added to the extracted Delta 8 THC in order to remove all the terpenes and flavonoids present in the Delta 8 THC molecules. The end result is thick motor oil-like goodness. Sounds a bit improbable but it is really good!
How potent is THC-O?
THC-O is extremely potent. Due to a lack of research on it, it is not possible to say with numerical certainty how potent it is as compared to other cannabinoids, but users report that it is at least three times stronger than THC. They also say that it can be compared to a light dose of LSD. The high on THC-O is reported to be more spiritual than other cannabinoids and can lead a user to have deep experiences.
How do you use THC-O?
Users are often confused as to how to take THC-O given that it has such high potency. We would like to say there is no right method to enjoy this wonderful product. But, we would definitely recommend that beginners to cannabis not start with this product and instead begin with strains that have low THC potency. This is because new users have not developed the level of tolerance needed for a substance like THC-O and neither do they have the experience to use such a product.
There are many enjoyable ways to experience the THC-O high:
THC-O Weed Gummies
If you have some experience with THC, you would have probably heard about the gummies that get you high as a kite. Everyone knows of a funny story where someone they know consumes these edible by mistake or in naive enthusiasm consumed one too many, only to regret it in both cases.
THC-O gummies are soft, chewy, delicious gelatin products that come in a wide variety of flavors. From cookies and cream to tropical fruit punch, you name it! There are manufacturers and cannabis cafes that will make you gummies of your favorite flavors. And what’s more, you can make your own weed gummies. You would require sugar, gelatin, coconut milk, flavoring substance, etc. to make the gummies you always wished for.
Beginners should be careful with these flavor bombs. People tend to have one too many of them. These gummies take time to react because they need to be metabolized by the body first before being absorbed. So, sit back, take a few hours out, and enjoy a great trip. It is stronger than Delta 9 THC!
THC-O Weed Vapes
If you are not new to cannabis, then you probably would know about vape pens. In case you are clueless about this method of administration, vape pens are specially designed devices that work by vaporizing a liquid. In the case of weed pens, this liquid is a concentrate of cannabinoids that is vaporized by the Vape coil. When you inhale, the coil gets activated automatically and the vapor comes out.
You can now buy THC-O vape oil, this delivers the strongest and most efficient hit you can get quickly. If you take two to three puffs, you should be good for a few hours. We would recommend that first-time users try weed vapes instead of jumping into edibles directly.
THC-O Weed Tinctures
Tinctures have been known to man for a long time now. These are made for sublingual administrations, i.e they are consumed by placing them under your tongue. Tinctures are made by soaking the hemp biomass in a liquid containing food grade alcohol, glycerin, or a suitable oil.
The mixture is left to rest for some time so that all the goodness gets dissolved in the liquid and gets concentrated with cannabinoids. After this process is done, the hemp is taken out, and what remains is the tincture.
- Can I use heavy machinery or drive after using THC-O?
No. Do not drive or use any heavy machinery after consuming THC-O in any form. We would suggest you do nothing and just enjoy your time. We always recommend some nachos to go with your THC-O trip!
- Can I drink alcohol and have THC-O?
We would recommend against such a daring expedition. There is not much research available on this drug interaction.
- Is THC-O legal?
This is a complicated question. Lawyers say it exists in the grey area of the law. That is not to say that you will be criminally charged for consumption.
- Can I make THC-O at home?
Please do not try to prepare THC-O at home. It can lead to serious injury.