THC-O is one of the hemp plants' many cannabinoids. Its structure is incredibly similar to Delta-9 THC, which is the primary psychoactive component in cannabis products. However, THC-O doesn't have the same binding properties that Delta-9 THC does, creating different effects in the body.
THC-O has only mildly psychoactive effects, while Delta-9 is a psychedelic cannabinoid. The naturally occuring cannabinoid has a higher therapeutic value than psychoactive value, making it incredibly appealing to those looking for relief and comfort. You’ll find THC-O in low amounts within both hemp and marijuana plants, but it’s best when extracted. Extracting THC-O allows consumers to better focus on and embrace the hemp-derived cannabinoid’s effects, as its natural levels are so low. THC-O is an ester of THC which can be obtained through chemical processes using specialized equipment and acetic anhydride, a high-inflammable and colorless liquid used to make plastics, pharmaceuticals, fibers, dyes, as well as explosives. Another new cannabis product containing cannabinoids with psychoactive effects is THC-O acetate (or ATHC), a non-natural cannabinoid that is getting more and more attention from cannabis consumers.†