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What is THC-O Acetate & How Does it Work?

THC-O molecule

You’ve likely heard of THC, but you may not know that there are many versions of THC, including THC-O. In this guide, we’ll explain:

  • What is THC-O?
  • Where Does THC-O Do and How Does it Work?
  • What’s the Difference Between THC and THC-O?
  • Where Can You Find THC-O?

Need to brush up on your THC knowledge? Check out our guide: What is THC?

What is THC-O?

We’ve discussed the natural forms of THC, including THCv, but that’s where THC-O is a little different. THC-O acetate is a man-made compound that comes from hemp. It doesn’t occur naturally, and instead, requires the acetylation of THC or THCA. This is a fancy way of saying that we have to manipulate THC to create THC-O. This is done through a chemical reaction that replaces a hydrogen group with an acetyl group. This process strips away the terpenes and flavonoids and leaves only the THC isolate.

Is THC-O acetate the same as THCA? Nope! Learn what THCA is today.

What Does THC-O Do and How Does It Work?

Here’s where things get interesting. The popularity of THC-O has grown because of what it can do and its strengthen. It is stronger than THC.

How it works in your body might be different than how it works in someone else’s body, but the general consensus seems to be that it has strong, psychoactive qualities. While we may know the properties of THC-O, we don’t know exactly how it works with cannabinoid receptors in the body. So it’s important to ask yourself: Do you need something more potent? It’s also helpful to note that because THC-O is somewhat new on the market, it is incredibly important to purchase it from a reputable, state-licensed dispensary. If you do try THC-O, start slow.

Wondering what other THC compounds are out there? Learn more about THCv.

What’s the Difference Between THC and THC-O?

We’ve already touched on a few of the differences, but let’s outline them again here:

  • THC is a naturally occurring cannabinoid in cannabis. However, THC-O is a synthetic cannabinoid that requires human intervention to be created. 
  • THC-O is also considered much more potent than THC, and it likely has stronger psychedelic effects than THC. These qualities have been compared to psilocybin, which is the psychoactive compound in certain mushrooms.


Where Can You Find THC-O?

Because THC-O is a relatively new trend, there are not many retailers that offer products with high THC-O. So as with most purchases, it’s important to do your research and visit a reputable, state-licensed dispensary for purchase.

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