Everyone wants to make sure that the cannabinoid product that they use or consume is safe or not. You should always make sure to check with a professional before deciding to consume any type of cannabinoid product. Although most cannabinoids have been tested and deemed safe, there are still some cannabinoids that aren’t as safe to consume as other cannabinoids.
In today’s blog, we’re going to talk about the THC-O cannabinoid, discuss how it works, how it’s extracted, and what effects it produces. With the help of this blog, you can also find out what type of products contain this cannabinoid and how they work, and you can also find out if this cannabinoid is safe to take/use/consume or not.
What Is THC-O?
THC-O was first discovered in 1944 by the US military and was further studied. This cannabinoid was rediscovered later on in 1978 inside a lab in Florida by the DEA. The lab was illegally trying to add acetic anhydride to cannabis concentrates. You’ll be surprised to know that the effects produced by this cannabinoid are not just psychoactive and intoxicating, but they can also cause hallucinations.
THC-O is also considered to be at least five times stronger than the Delta 8 cannabinoid. The effects produced by THC-O are also considered to be three times stronger than the effects produced by the Delta 9 cannabinoid. There are many different types of products that contain THC-O cannabinoid in them. They include distillates, tinctures, gummies, candies, vape carts, joints, blunts, chocolates, and cigarettes.
How Is It Extracted?
Unlike most cannabinoids such as CBD, Delta 8, and Delta 9, which occur naturally in hemp plants, the THC-O cannabinoid doesn’t naturally occur in hemp plants. Due to this reason, it can’t be extracted directly from hemp, which is why this cannabinoid is obtained through other extraction methods. One of those methods includes the extraction of the CBD cannabinoid from hemp and converting it into THC-O.
The process involves removing the THC cannabinoid from CBD and adding a highly flammable chemical called acetic anhydride to it. However, you should keep in mind that this extraction method should only be carried out in a scientific lab, and it should only be performed by scientifically trained professionals.
When Do Effects Of THC-O Kick In?
The amount of time it takes for the effects of THC-O to kick in depends on the type of THC-O product that you consume. Such as:
THC-O gummies take about an hour for the effects to kick in. The reason why they take this much time is that they have to be digested in your stomach when eaten. After that, the cannabinoid travels to your bloodstream and activates its effects. The best part about THC-O gummies is that they can create effects that last for more than 6 hours depending on the number of gummies that you consume.
THC-O tinctures usually take about 20-30 minutes for their effects to kick in. This is because they have a relatively easy consumption method, which involves you placing a few drops of the tincture in your mouth and holding them under your tongue for a minute or two, and then swallowing them. This method also referred to as sublingual absorption allows the mucous membranes in your tongue to absorb the drops and also lets the THC-O cannabinoid enter your bloodstream immediately and activate its effects by traveling to your brain.
Vaping THC-O takes only about 5-10 minutes for the effects to kick in. When you vape THC-O, you’re inhaling the vapors of the THC-O concentrate and holding them in for a few seconds before releasing. This method allows the THC-O cannabinoid to enter your bloodstream and activate its effects immediately without having to go through the process of digestion. However, the effects only last for about 3-4 hours.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What Is The Best Way To Consume THC-O?
While some people think vaping THC-O is the best way to consume the THC-O cannabinoid, other people think that eating THC-O gummies is the best way to consume the THC-O cannabinoid. However, it usually depends on the preferences of the person consuming this cannabinoid.
- Can You Mix THC-O Tinctures In Food?
The THC-O cannabinoid can be consumed in a number of different ways based on your preferences and what you feel most comfortable using. Some of them include mixing your THC-O tinctures. This method of consumption is perfect for people who aren’t a fan of consuming this product directly because they don’t like its flavor.
By mixing it in food the flavor of the tincture is covered by the flavors of your food and the effects of the product last for a very long time.
- Can You Store THC-O Vape Carts Inside Drawers?
It’s been recommended that you store your THC-O vape carts inside a dark and cool place that doesn’t allow any sunlight to pass through and doesn’t expose the products to any heat or light that can cause the products to expire or degrade. An example of a dark and cool place can be a drawer or even a cabinet.
- Can You Consume THC-O Gummies Before Bedtime?
Yes, you can consume THC-O gummies before bedtime. However, it’s important that you wait an hour or two before bedtime to consume your THC-O gummies. This way, when the effects of the gummies kick in, you just have to get into your bed and sleep peacefully while enjoying the effects of the cannabinoid.
- How Long Can THC-O Tinctures Last After Being Opened?
Although most THC-O tinctures can last for several months after being opened, it’s best if you use or consume them within the first 6-7 months after opening them because they can start to degrade after those months have passed, which can also ruin their quality, and cause them to lose their potency and flavors.
The Final Verdict – Is THC-O Safe To Take?
THC-O might be highly potent and can create very strong effects, but as long as you consume this cannabinoid with care then your experience with it will not disappoint you. It’s been recommended that when you start consuming this cannabinoid, start with small dosages, even if you have high tolerance levels.