What Is THC-O and What Does It Feel Like?
Almost all cannabis users are familiar with delta-9 THC and CBD – the primary cannabinoids of the cannabis plant. However, the increasing global interest in the potential health benefits of cannabis cannabinoids introduces new emerging compounds. Among these compounds is THC-O.
You might be acquainted with delta-9 THC, delta-8 THC, and maybe even delta-10 THC – the psychoactive cannabinoids. With so many THC cannabinoids around, it will be difficult for you to believe that THC-O acetate garners a lot of attention in the cannabis community. Its unique effects make it a distinctive cannabis derivative.
Well, don’t blame yourself if you are unfamiliar with this cannabinoid, as it has not got a lot of press due to its relative new nature. But now, it is emerging as a perfect addition to your cannabis routine from the fringes of cannabis culture.
Let us delve into the unique properties of THC-O acetate!
What Is THC-O Acetate?
THC-O Acetate, abbreviated as THC-O, THC acetate, and ATHC –might be confusing for you. In short, it is an acetylated version of THC. The addition of Acetyl groups to molecules is often known to increase the potency by many magnitudes.
The THC-O remains inactive till the metabolic process of the body breakdown it. Generally, it looks like a heavy brown liquid that is similar to THC. However, the interesting headline often associated with THC-O is that it is potentially three times more potent than THC.
THC-O is a metabolic prodrug that becomes psychoactive after it metabolizes. You might be thinking about why it is more potent than THC. It is because of the pharmacokinetics of acetylated molecules. AKA, how they interact within and are absorbed by your body.
THC-O – The Psychedelic Cannabinoid:
With a potentially three times more potent cannabinoid, you might expect quite euphoric effects. In general, its psychoactive effects are beyond typical THC effects. Its nickname is the spiritual cannabinoid, as its psychedelic experience is sometimes compared to psilocybin.
By taking THC-O, you may experience a new level of introspection, as some THC-O users said that it stimulates deep thought. However, some others describe it as a spiritual cannabinoid that enables deep therapeutic states.
The Effects of THC-O Acetate:
The addition of acetate potentiates the THC-O effects. Several lab test reports indicate that it is a highly potent cannabinoid. So it is recommended any use of this compound is taken with caution and prior preparation.
When it comes to THC-O effects, it varies from person to person. Not everyone can experience the same effects from the same substance. You might be familiar with how cannabinoids interact with our body's natural endocannabinoid system. Similar to other cannabinoids, THC-O stimulates the cannabinoid receptors in the brain but in a more robust way.
THC-O might be a suitable alternative to THC oil that you use. However, it’s unique psychedelic-like nature encourages people to learn more about this relatively new cannabinoid.
Once you consumed the highly potent cannabinoid, the metabolic process in the body makes it biologically active by de-acetylating the molecule.
Like THC or CBD edibles, consumers have to wait for 20 – 30 minutes before experiencing the effects. However, you may experience the spiritual psychedelic effects of THC-O within half an hour after the activation of the molecule. This of course carries by method of consumption, with inhalation or smoking being the fastest onset.
Potential THC-O Benefits:
- Body and Mental Experience
- Strong Buzz
- Psychedelic Experience
- Spiritual effects
What Makes THC-O Special?
The distinctive chemical structure of THC-O acetate imparts unique properties. Acetate molecule addition makes it a stronger molecule than THC.
Here are some highlights about THC-O uniqueness:
It Is Fat Soluble:
Similar to other cannabinoids of the Cannabis Sativa, THC-O is not water-soluble. In our bodies, fatty compounds undergo an additional filtering step. To reach the bloodstream, fat-soluble substances go through different processes than water-soluble molecules.
The difference in solubility leads to less THC in the bloodstream, particularly in the brain. However, water-soluble bypasses the extra filtering step, and more nutrients go into the bloodstream.
It is Strong:
You are dying to know more about THC-O acetate. Hold on! It is likely 300% stronger than THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). Several reasons contribute to this, including its strong chemistry with tiny acetate molecules.
You may be wondering why everyone opts for this potent cannabinoid. Aside from its recreational purposes, people want to integrate it in their wellness routine.
It may provide you the desired results you are seeking from THC pills or oil. But if you are new to THC-O, be sure to start with a lower dosage. It’s always easy to take more after becoming accustom to how your body will react; start small to determine the accurate dosage for you.
It is Spiritual:
Almost all the THC-O users describe it as spiritual and introspective. Once THC-O becomes biologically active, it kicks in the boom. Also, you can use THC-O for outdoor activities because it does not produce a body high.
So, you can try THC-O for:
- Enhanced creativity
- Couch-lock free head high
- Other curative effects
If you are considering taking THC-O acetate, be sure to talk about your healthcare professional. Another notable thing is that never think of synthesizing it at home, as its synthesis requires special equipment and training.
Since it is a new cannabinoid, only a few premium cannabis brands including Bay Smokes are offering THC-O products. You can find a limited range of THC-O products in the market such as THC-O Cartridges, Flowers, and Extracts.
There is little information or scientific research about the effectiveness or THC-O. It will be worth talking to your doctor about its pros and cons before taking it.