What is THC-O?
THC-O, also known as “THC-O acetate,” is a THC compound said to be approximately three times more potent than Delta-9 THC, the most common THC compound on the market.
THC is the psychoactive compound in cannabis, meaning any type of this compound will get you high. The effects of THC-O are so intense that they’re described as almost psychedelic. If that sounds a little scary, don’t worry; much like Delta-8 THC, THC-O is known to have anti-anxiety and anti-nausea properties.
THC-O is a hemp-derived synthetic compound created by combining Delta-8 THC molecules with acetic anhydride, a chemical compound that comes in liquid form. Note that this chemical compound is dangerous to handle independently and shouldn’t be used outside of a lab.
THC-O is most commonly used in concentrated products such as vape cartridges and edibles.
While the THC-O trend is pretty recent, the compound has been around for a while. The U.S. government was reported to have been experimenting with it as far back as the late 1940s. THC-O briefly popped up on the DEA’s radar in the 1970s when they found it being manufactured in Florida but was it was quickly forgotten as it didn’t prove to be widespread.
At this time, there still is not much official research on the effects of THC-O. Almost everything we know about it comes from user reviews.
Is THC-O Legal?
THC-O has not yet been addressed directly by any state laws but the states in which it may be illegal due to broad laws on psychoactive cannabis are:
- New York
- Rhode Island