Did you know there is a new cannabinoid is causing quite a buzz within the hemp community? If your guess was THC-O-acetate (THC-O), you’re absolutely correct. Any compound with “tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)” in the name is going to come with the assumption that it’s psychoactive, but it is important that first-timers have a more solid idea of what kind of experience they can expect from THC-O, since it’s unlike any other cannabinoid that exists on the market.
The Short Answer
THC-O-acetate gets you high as it has prominent psychoactive properties. This means that if you consume THC-O in any form, you will get intoxicated. It’s molecularly synthesized to be particularly psychoactive, as a derivative of THCA, the precursor cannabinoid to THC which is processed to yield an entirely new molecular structure.
The High of THC-O Compared vs. Other Cannabinoids
THC-O-acetate is psychoactive, but as we know, the specific effects of a psychoactive substance can vary. What’s important to know about THC-O is that it was developed to be 3x as psychoactive as delta 9 THC – this means that unlike delta 8 THC and delta 10 THC, THC-O is not associated with a mild high by comparison. It was developed in the 1950s at a military base in the United States in an effort to develop a form of THC so strong that it could incapacitate opponents, and what was quickly determined is that it produces a strong psychedelic experience in concentrated amounts, which is something that other forms of THC are not capable of.
People call THC-O the “spiritual cannabinoid,” and from what we’ve heard, this description is completely warranted. It can act like a hallucinogen, and many people say that its effects are more similar to those of psilocybin than marijuana. Now, like all cannabinoids, THC-O-acetate ultimately affects us all differently, but what we can say is that it offers a high that’s one-of-a-kind, and this is the primary reason why so many people wish to try it. No real studies have yet been done on its specific effects, but that could very well change as this cannabinoid begins to become more mainstream.
The Delivery Method and Strength Matter
If you’re interested in trying out THC-O-acetate, remember, those effects that you feel are dependent on the same factors that pertain to other cannabinoids. In other words, like CBD, delta 8 and other popular hemp derivatives, THC-O will affect you in a way that depends on the delivery method and milligram strength, primarily. The milligram strength tells you how many milligrams of pure THC-O are in the product, thus impacting its potency. And, as for the delivery method, inhalable products like vape cartridges will produce the fastest, strongest, and most short-lived effects, with edibles being at the other end of the spectrum, producing more gradual and long-lasting effects, along with the notable “body high” that users expect when a cannabinoid is ingested.
Already, we are seeing discussions about THC-O dabs. Dabs are already extremely potent forms of cannabinoids, being concentrates that are flash-vaporized to yield immensely powerful properties that come on almost instantly. Because of the highly psychoactive nature of THC-O as it is, we strongly suggest that only experienced THC users explore THC-O dabs, as the high may be somewhat overwhelming to casual or moderate users.
All THC-based cannabinoids have tolerant-dependent effects. This is because of the nature of the endocannabinoid system which utilizes cannabinoids in the hemp plant. The more we expose this system to specific cannabinoids, the more it develops a tolerance which means that eventually you won’t get as high off of a small amount of THC.
THC-O is no different. One thing that users have told us is that an overall tolerance to THC can result in a higher tolerance to the effects of THC-O. In other words, if you’re already a regular THC user, it’s likely that your first experience with THC-O won’t be as powerful. This tells us that THC-O and delta 9 as well as delta 8 THC may be structurally similar enough that they work on the same receptors in the body.
It also means that if you have never used any form of THC before, you should definitely start slow. In fact, we recommend that you don’t take THC-O-acetate unless you have used delta 8 or delta 10 before and have therefore already built up something of a tolerance so that the particularly powerful effects of THC-O are more manageable once they are active in your system.
And, as you use THC-O more frequently, there is a good chance that you won’t get so high off of a tiny amount of the product. Ultimately, this is seen as a positive, because it gives you more control over how high you get and can help you avoid getting “too high” simply because your body is not used to these effects.
So, if you wnat to take THC-O-acetate initially, we suggest going with a low-strength product and consuming only the smallest dosage amount possible. For instance, if you’re buying a THC-O vape cartridge, start out with just one puff. Overall, the effects of THC-O can be felt quickly but the peak is a bit more gradual, so definitely wait a while before deciding whether or not you wish to take more.
THC-O: More Psychoactive Than Delta 8 and Delta 9
THC-O is a powerfully psychoactive compound compared to all of the other forms of THC which have been widely available on the market. This means that you need to be particularly conscious of how much you take, especially if you’re a beginner. And, the high has been described as psychedelic and spiritual, meaning that it can affect you in ways that are completely new to your system. The key takeaway is that this is a cannabinoid that you want to incorporate gradually to ensure that you always feel in control of the experience that it can provide.