There is an increasing global interest to learn about the benefits of cannabis and the new products being made from it. At Botany Farms, we proudly produce CBG flower and live resin, which contain high quality cannabinoid content.
Cannabis producers are constantly improving their growing practices, investing in better technology and training to offer better products that can meet this growing demand. We believe cannabis should be available for all, whether it be for research, medicinal, or recreational use.
If you have yet to be introduced to THC-O acetate, a newly developed cannabis-derived product, keep reading to learn more about this compound and its benefits.
What is THC-O?
THC-O is the shortened name for THC-O-Acetate, and it is a cannabinoid akin to the more common THC, CBD, CBG, and CBN. These chemical compounds interact with the cannabinoid receptors in your body and brain. They are responsible for the effects that cannabis-based products can provide. Notable effects may include: pain-relief, a boost to energy, anti-depressive, anti-anxiety and psychoactive effects.
THC-O is what is known in chemistry as an “analog.” An analog is a chemical compound with a similar structure to another but differs because of a particular component. In this case of THC-O, the original compound is THC, and acetate is the component that allows THC-O to differ. Thus making THC-O a THC analog.
THC-O Acetate is not a naturally present cannabinoid like the more familiar THC and CBD. THC-O Acetate must be made, or “synthesized” artificially. Creating THC-O in a lab is a complex and volatile chemistry process.
The processing of THC-O strips away the terpenes and flavonoids chemical compounds that are typically present in other cannabis experiences. Instead, it leaves behind a potent THC isolate with no flavor and no aroma.
The addition of the acetate molecule to the base THC molecule serves a significant purpose: To potentialize the THC molecule effects. Lab tests show that THC-O can be two or three times more potent than regular THC.
Because of the above, it is important to be aware and educated before using THC-O for recreational purposes. An increased potency can also increase the possibility of a “bad trip”. A regular THC dose can be a great choice to get high, whereas THC-O shows its potential in other ways.
Each person’s body is diverse, and many people can experience different effects from the same substances. For example, suppose THC doesn’t have the desired medical impact on someone (pain relief, anti-anxiety, etc.). That is where THC-O might be a viable substitute. It is, for all intents and purposes, an amplified version of the first. Because of this, it can stimulate the cannabinoid receptors in your brain in a more robust way that regular THC can not.
Where a THC pill or THC oil might not provide the pain relief you are looking for, a THC-O product might be a suitable alternative. This enhancement has led to an increase in people learning more about and seeking out THC-O.
How is THC-O Made?
As we mentioned before, some producers turn to lab processes and chemistry to synthesize cannabinoids from their more natural state in the quest for potency and purity.
Serge Chistov, a cannabis industry expert and Chief Financial Partner with Honest Marijuana Co, claims his team of chemists has developed a method to make THC-O using safe, approved solvents and chemicals. The synthesization requires special equipment and advanced training to get it right. Moreover, volatile, flammable, and explosive chemicals are necessary in the process.
Among these chemicals, we can find sulfuric acid, a highly corrosive chemical hazardous to handle. Additionally, acetic anhydride is corrosive, flammable, and explosive. These chemicals and heat cause a reaction which forms the new, more potent chemical compound. It is a process similar to making heroin from morphine, and is widely discouraged to attempt unless performed by professional manufacturers.
Is it worth your home, life, or eyebrows? Definitely not. Buying THC-O Acetate is the best and safest approach to enjoying its benefits.
What is THC-O Phosphate?
THC-O phosphate ester is a water-soluble derivative of THC. Cannabinoids in their natural form are lipids, which means they are fat-soluble (they dissolve in oil), decreasing bioavailability. However, in this acetate form, the cannabinoids are soluble in water, making them easier to be absorbed by the body.
THC-O phosphate ester was invented in 1978 to solve the poor water solubility of THC and make it easier for its pharmacology and mechanism of action. The main disadvantage of this compound is the slow rate of hydrolysis (breakdown) of the ester link, resulting in delayed onset of action and lower potency than the parent drug.
Where is THC-O Acetate for Sale?
You should not expect to find THC-O for sale easily. For this reason, it is essential to note that you should always buy THC-O from a reputable source. Talk to the professionals at your local dispensary. They can help you find a reliable producer to avoid buying potentially harmful products that may not truly be as advertised.
Is THC-O Legal?
THC-O is not a scheduled drug in the United States. However, in 1986, the US Government made all analogs of THC illegal at a federal level, so this substance falls into that category. In which case, purchase, sale, or possession could be prosecuted under the Federal Analog Act.
This is the reason why you can’t find many THC-O producers currently. Hopefully, as legislation is increasingly opening the way for cannabis usage, people will harness the benefits of this product.