The development of the chemical industry and plant breeding makes it possible to qualitatively change or improve the composition of various plants so that later plant raw materials contain a maximum of the necessary substances. One of these plants is hemp: for instance, in order to get more benefits from this plant, it was necessary to improve its species for the cultivation of Medical Cannabis medicinalis.
Its best-known derivatives are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC—Delta 8, Delta 9, Delta 10). However, other chemicals may be of interest both in medicine and for other purposes — for example, THC-O.
What is THC-O?
At the moment, THC-O is practically unknown, as attention is focused on the therapeutic cannabidiol and the psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol. However, this substance, according to some studies, shows a much greater effect than Delta THC varieties. However, full-fledged use in the medical and entertainment market requires more surveys.
In general, THC-O is short for THC-O-Acetate or THC Acetate/ATHC. The substance belongs to the group of synthetic cannabinoids and is produced in a laboratory, so its creation in artisanal conditions is almost impossible (the process is unstable and dangerous).
Legality of TCH-O
Despite the lack of research, some states in America allow the use of this substance. Customers usually can order the THC-O delivery of products issued in the form of:
· pre-roll joints;
· vaping cartridges;
· various edibles.
Currently, there are “loopholes” in the legislation: synthetic products derived from hemp are legal, and it does not matter whether the use of THC itself is legal locally or not. Dr. Ethan Russo, who has dedicated his life to cannabis research, points out that THC-O use is on the rise precisely because some states have not yet regulated the use of recreational marijuana.
Thus, substance use is not a violation of the law. However, the lack of official legalization creates a strong bias in the user’s choice towards the little-studied THC-O instead of the varieties of tetrahydrocannabinol that have been surveyed up and down.
Is THC-O better than THC?
Even though the chemical structure of THC and THC-O is almost the same, a slight molecular composition variation makes quite an impressive difference. Studies show that THC-O-Acetate is approximately 300 percent stronger, which is excellent for treating pain, digestive disorders, and various chronic conditions.
In addition, sooner or later, the human body can develop a tolerance to natural cannabinoids, which makes subsequent therapy quite difficult. Due to the altered chemical structure of THC-O-Acetate, its use can correct the situation — the receptors will perceive the compound as completely different, providing a full-fledged effect.
For recreational purposes, the substance also provides a whole new experience, according to people who have tested products with the compound. THC-O provides a more spiritual, introspective, and psychedelic effect that will appeal to those who have been using cannabis products for quite some time. Over time, as there is more research, the scope of this substance is likely to increase as well.