THC-O Acetate—A New Weed Derivate Causes Psychedelic Boom
In the American states where marijuana is still not legal, a potent newcomer, the cannabinoid THC-O acetate, entered the weed scene in the past few months.
Its increasing availability, the lack of regulation, but most of all, its 300% higher potency than THC are making this compound a raising concern for authorities.
So, what is THC-O acetate?
THC-O acetate, or psychedelic THC, is a cannabinoid analog of THC and a precursor to delta-8 THC (remember when delta-8-THC hit the cannabis market?). THC-O can be manufactured out of THC, CBD, or delta-8 THC.
What are the effects of this THC acetate?
This semi-synthetic cannabinoid is two to three times more potent than delta-9 THC and about five times more potent when compared to delta-8 THC.
Users report THC-O as a potent psychedelic, borderline hallucinogenic agent, with effects that last significantly longer than regular THC. Also, they describe a more introspective kind of “being stoned.”
Is THC-O acetate legal?
Some manufacturers argue that THC-O is legal because they synthesize it out of hemp plants, which are allowed on a federal level according to the Farm Bill of 2018.
So, for now, just like delta-8, before many states like Oregon introduced specific regulations, THC-O profits from this legal loophole.
And while others debate that under the so-called Federal Analogue Act of 1986, both delta-8 and THC-O are illegal analogs of delta-9 THC, as of now, there’s no accord on this question.
How safe is THC-O?
In addition to the lack of safety data, as there are no quality regulations, the purity of THC-O-infused products is questionable.
However, one thing is sure, for now, both manufacturers and users take full advantage of this “honeymoon” period before someone tries to ban it.