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What is THC-O?

Updated: Feb 7, 2022

At Top Shelf Hemp Co. educating our customers is a large part of our mission. THC-O is next on the chopping block. Let's take a closer look at what exactly THC-O is.

A Quick History

THC-O was discovered by the US Military at some point between 1948 and 1975, during the Edgewood Arsenal Experiments. In 1974, author D. Gold published instructions for the synthesis of THC-O. He noted that the effect of THC-O was more psychedelic and spiritual than ∆9 THC, and 2-3 times more potent. It only took 4 years before THC-O was on the DEA's radar and was considered for addition to the Controlled Substance Analog Act, but was dropped as it appeared to be an isolated incident.

Is THC-O Legal?

Hemp-derived THC-O is federally legal thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill. 12 states currently ban THC-O.

The Science

THC-O, also known as THC-O Acetate, is a metabolic prodrug. This means that the body breaks it down into its pharmacologically active component. This is why there is a delay in experiencing the effects of THC-O. This cannabinoid is striking in terms of its potency, which is around 3 times as psychoactive as ∆9 THC. THC-O is nicknamed “the spiritual cannabinoid” for a reason. Unlike any other cannabinoid in cannabis, including both marijuana and hemp, THC-O-acetate produces a psychedelic experience, almost more similar to the intoxication associated with psilocybin.

How is THC-O Different from Marijuana?

THC-O is up to 3 times more potent than ∆9 THC. It offers a unique experience. Anecdotal evidence suggests that its potential for healing is on par with ∆9 THC, however, research is limited. Increased potency means the need for smaller doses. Because of how it's metabolized there is a 20-30 minute period before the full effect is achieved.

Wrap Up

THC-O was discovered sometime in the last 80 years years ago. There's not a lot of research on THC-O just yet, though things are looking promising. It's 3 times as potent as ∆9 THC, and offers a unique psychedelic effect. It's advisable to check your local and state law for any new developments. Continue educating yourself on cannabinoids, and check out when you're ready for a more first-hand experience. *Top Shelf Hemp Co. makes no health claims about cannabinoids. Everything expressed in this blog post is based on the opinion of the author and information sourced online.

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