THCO, also known as THC-O acetate, is a cannabinoid like Delta 8, Delta 10, and HHC. THCO shares many of the same properties as Delta 9 THC, the cannabis component people associate with a marijuana “high.” However, THCO is an “acetylated” form of THC that becomes active only after your digestive system processes it.
How Is THCO Different from THC?
Because of THCO’s different chemical structure, the body responds differently to it than to the usual form of THC. THCO activates only after your liver processes it, so its effects do not manifest for 15 to 30 minutes. Furthermore, many people claim that THCO is three times as potent as THC when the effects eventually become apparent.
Is THCO Synthetic?
Yes. While Delta 9 THC and CBD are natural compounds, THCO is a synthetic cannabinoid. The acetylation process that creates THCO is a relatively straightforward process, so it is only a lightly synthesized chemical. As a result, the THCO synthesis does not contain the dangerous substances that other synthetic methods involve.
What Does THCO Do?
Because THCO offers the same types of effects as THC, people use both compounds to achieve similar results. THCO simply takes longer to kick in and is more potent.
Is THCO Legal?
From a federal standpoint, the only illegal form of THC is Delta 9. Other forms of THC have protected status under the 2018 Farm Bill’s definition of industrial hemp. As a result, the federal government does not consider alternative forms of THC illegal in their natural state.
However, the DEA views synthesized substances differently from their natural counterparts and the 2018 Farm Bill does not cover modified cannabinoids. This situation makes the legal status of THCO murky. Furthermore, some states have their own restrictions on non-Delta-9 cannabinoids. As such, you should research the legality in your own area before attempting to buy, sell, or ship THCO across state lines.
Can I Buy THCO Products?
THCO products are gaining popularity in some circles. One reason for this increased attention is that, due to its murky legal status, it is often available in jurisdictions that have not legalized Delta 9 THC for recreational use.
Some websites sell THCO online in the form of vape cartridges, tinctures, and gummies.
Does THCO Have Health Risks?
THCO has not been subject to the same degree of scientific scrutiny as other cannabinoids. As a result of the lack of research, there is currently no way of guaranteeing that this synthetic cannabinoid is free of toxins. If you are unsure whether to try THCO for yourself, you may want to stick with natural options such as Delta 8, Delta 10, or THCP instead of the synthesized variety.
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