THC-O, The Psychedelic Experience

Liz Filmer
12 Aug 2022

A cannabis company called CaaMTech, Inc is looking into developing a psychedelics-plus-cannabis line of products. CaaMTech has found that cannabinoids can work together with psychedelic tryptamines to produce their effects.

There are already several new concentrate products, such as sugars and diamonds, that are some of the most potent “designer” cannabis products ever made. A sugar product can have 60-90 per cent pure THC.

THC-O or THC-O acetate is another of these. It is an unregulated hemp derivative synthesised from Delta 8 THC extractions. Due to a legal loophole, THC-O has found its way into US CBD shops selling semi-legal Delta 8 THC products. Research indicates that THC-O is three times more potent than Delta 8 THC and offers a trippy experience as powerful as magic mushrooms.

THC-O is reported to be almost identical to Delta 9 THC and cause remarkably similar effects. However, because it binds more tightly to the body’s cannabinoid receptors, THC-O is far more intoxicating than eitherDelta 8 or Delta 9 THC. 

Many describe the THC-O experience as producing virtually a psychedelic high that has borderline hallucinogenic effects. The effects of THC-O are not instant like with smoking weed. The THC-O you ingest isn’t pre-activated by decarboxylation (heat) like generic Delta 9 THC.

THC-O is supposed to kick in after about an hour. The effects are reported to be cerebral, long-lasting and highly immersive. Users state that it evokes pleasant spiritual sensations.”

Retailers are currently riding the wave of popularity of THC O products and seeing good sales alongside Delta 8 products. Just like edibles, the effects of THC-O aren’t felt until it’s been fully digested by the body. This means you are more at risk of accidental higher dosing and more psychedelic effects. 

Some dispensaries and CBD retailers are now selling THC-O through pre-rolled joints, vape cartridges and edibles.

There has been hardly any official research on THC-O, and there are many concerns surrounding its safety. A DEA-licensed laboratory has developed a test for THC-O to help determine the level of chemicals in the product. They are especially interested in the levels and effects of a highly corrosive chemical called acetic anhydride, which has the potential to burn skin and cause possible lung and eye damage. Acetic anhydride synthesises THC-O from THC Delta 8 and Delta 9 extracts.

THC-O is growing in popularity but is not going unnoticed by lawmakers. In South Dakota, for example, legislators have now passed a bill regulating THC-O. More states are expected to follow suit; however, as it stands currently, THC-O is flying under the radar of law enforcement.

Science is working to unravel what THC-O is and what it does. In the meantime, however, you can legally trip off a cannabis product widely available at most CBD stores.

Liz Filmer