If you’re like most of us within the cannabis community, you’ve probably never heard of THC-O.

THC-O is a hemp-derived synthetic compound that’s three times stronger than delta 9-THC and 5 times more potent than delta 8-THC. THC-O is the shortened name for THC-O-Acetate, also referred to as THC Acetate and ATHC. 

THC-O is not a naturally occurring cannabinoid, like CBD, and it takes some pretty strong and volatile chemistry to create THC-O in a lab.

It has been called “the psychedelic cannabinoid” for its borderline hallucinatory effects. THC-O products are rising in popularity in the states where legal, state-licensed delta-9 THC products don't seem to be purchasable, and delta-8 THC products are banned.

How is THC-O made?

To create THC-O, a highly flammable compound called acetic anhydride is added to THC molecules. The process requires a series of extractions that begin with CBD. First, CBD is extracted from raw hemp. Then delta-8 THC is extracted from the CBD, and at last acetic anhydride is added to the delta-8 THC to make THC-O acetate. 

High doses of THC-O can be fairly incapacitating.


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