THC-O, a cannabis compound, is becoming increasingly popular for its enhanced potency. Separate from the more well-known delta-9 THC and even more potent, THC-O has earned the title of “the spiritual cannabinoid” among cannabis enthusiasts, thanks to many anecdotal reports that it can promote deeper introspection.
Cannabis has a rich history in many spiritual practices, but the concept of one cannabinoid out-spiritualizing the others? That’s something new.
So, we decided to take a close look at this new cannabis trend. What is it, really? How safe is it? And what makes it significant at a religious level?
Let’s dive in.
What Is THC-O?
THC-O, also known as Tetrahydrocannabinol, is a semi-synthetic psychoactive cannabinoid. THC-O is created by extracting delta-8 THC from the hemp plant and combining it with the chemical compound acetic anhydride.
There is a lack of major THC-O studies exploring its effects. What we do know is that it can be up to 3x more potent than THC.
The cannabinoid also has increased bioactivity, making for easier absorption into the body. Commonly reported effects of THC-O include a sense of euphoria, emotional sensitivity, and hallucinations.
Many regular users credit the psychoactive effects of THC-O with better sleep and less stress.
Like all cannabis products, the effects of THC-O also depend on the selected dose. Smaller doses usually generate a mild high, while moderate to higher doses offer a more psychedelic experience.
Higher doses can lead to more severe effects on cognition and physical faculties. Some users compare these effects to the effects of LSD.
Is THC-O Legal?
According to the 2018 Farm Bill, THC-O is a federally legal product, but it’s a little more complicated than that. The bill legalized any hemp-derived cannabinoids containing less than 0.3 percent delta-9 THC.
But the legality of THC-O is also widely debated because of its synthetic production. Some legal professionals argue that because it is man-made, it is not derived from the hemp plant. This creates some confusion about the definitive legality of the cannabinoid.
So, while delta-8 products like THC-O are technically legal at the federal level, many states have begun banning delta-8 products in addition to other forms of cannabis.
It is important to verify individual state laws to check for the legality of THC-O.
Is THC-O Safe?
There are currently no clinical studies published on the safety of THC-O. Since THC-O is in legal gray zone, it’s unlikely we’ll have any definitive research on the long-term health effects of THC-O use in the near future.
If you’re determined to use THC-O despite the risk, it’s important to start slow. Taking smaller doses and waiting around 20 to 60 minutes before consuming again will lower the likelihood of experiencing adverse side effects from overconsumption.
Like any psychoactive hallucinogen, consuming THC-O carries risks of unpleasant side effects.
Some users report feeling anxious, dizzy, and nauseous after consuming THC-O. Seizures and vomiting have also been reported, as well as lethargy and grogginess.
Keep in mind that any effects you experience from delta-9 THC will likely be augmented when you use THC-O, due to the product’s increased potency.
Taking the risks into account, users have also reported multiple positive benefits of THC-O.
These benefits include heightened mood, boosts in creativity and appetite, and reduced anxiety.
Regular users of THC-O also enjoy a notable increase in feelings of spirituality and interconnectedness. Hence its title as the “spiritual cannabinoid.”
THC-O is an increasingly popular addition to many cannabis enthusiasts’ collections. Its intense potency makes for a powerful experience some have described as religious. But, that potency also comes with risks.
Before you attempt to reach enlightenment with this new cannabis trend, be sure to check the laws on THC-O in your state, consume responsibly and with friends, and start with a low dose.
Then, let us know what the truth of existence is when you come back down.