People hear THC-O referred to as the "spiritual cannabinoid" and wonder–does THC-O make you hallucinate? It's a fair question, especially since THC-O'S effects are nearly three times more potent than traditional THC. We're here to clear up any confusion about THC-O's effects and help you understand what to expect from this ultra potent cannabinoid. Let’s jump in:
Before we can dig into the details of THC-O's potential hallucinogenic effects, let's discuss some important distinctions, like where THC-O comes from and exactly how potent it is.
THC-O, or THC-O acetate, is a THC analogue that's made from legal hemp material (but contains less than the legally specified amount of Delta-9-THC, which is 0.3%). Thanks to its hemp classification, THC-O is federally legal and much more accessible than traditional THC products, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s as mild as other hemp-derivatives (like CBD or Delta-8).
Thanks to its structural similarities to traditional THC, THC-O is able to interact with the body's endocannabinoid system in a similar fashion, inducing psychoactive effects that impact both the body and mind. These effects are thought to be nearly three times more potent, and the high from THC-O is described as being more uplifting and not as sedating as traditional THC products. Some people have even described the effects to be significantly different, more on the spectrum of "psychedelic" substances–but will it give you a visionary experience akin to mushrooms or LSD?
THC-O is sometimes described as “borderline hallucinogenic,” and this may be an accurate description of the effects of THC-O when taken in large doses, but it isn't always the case.
THC-O interacts with CB-1 receptors, the same psychoactive receptors responsible for Delta-9’s psychoactivity. For comparison, hallucinogenic substances like lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) bind to serotonin receptors and have a particular affinity for B-arrestin signaling pathways.
Of course, some evidence exists that proves that some people experience hallucinogenic effects after using THC, even if experts don’t understand how it may work. One case study followed a 30 year old man who claimed to experience hallucinogenic effects similar to other hallucinogenic drugs after taking only 25 milligrams of Delta-9-THC. The subject was confirmed to be “functionally incapacitated for about 90 min and experienced strongly aversive and disorienting effects” after dosing.
So, what about THC-O? The truth is, the effects of THC-O are likely dose dependent, and the doses used to experience hallucinogenic effects are probably much higher than the average doses used. The hallucinogenic effects are also likely milder than other hallucinogenic drugs, although some auditory and visual hallucinations are possible. In many cases, the visual effects of THC-O may be due to the increased dilation of the eye, which causes you to be more sensitive to light, color, and movement.
It’s not surprising that this extremely potent cannabinoid has gained a reputation for enhancing the “spiritual connection between body and mind.” In fact, cannabis has a history of “enhancing spiritual enlightenment” and is often used as a tool during certain spiritual practices, like meditation. Generally speaking, though, we believe that this nickname simply comes from the fact that THC-O is so potent, much more so than other THC products on the market.
In order to reap the most potent THC-O effects possible, you’ll need to find a potent dosing method. We want to note, of course, that increasing your THC-O dosage also increases the risk of THC-O side effects, so it’s important to understand how much THC-O to take to reach the desired effects without going overboard.
If you want a potent dosing method, though, we have two recommendations: edibles or vapes. Here’s the difference:
A THC vape was the delivery method used in the study involving hallucinogenic doses of THC that we referenced above. There are several benefits to mention here. First, THC-O vaporizers are an instant delivery method, which means the effects should begin to creep on only minutes after each dose. You should feel the full effects of your dose after approximately 20 minutes.
Because this method allows a "low and slow" approach to dosing, its a great method for “building up” to a higher dose without losing sight of the effects. Our THC-O + Delta-8 Vape Cart is an expertly balanced formula that makes it simple to stack doses until you reach the perfect lift level.
THC-O edibles are much different, but some evidence suggests that they offer more potent effects by default because of the way they are metabolized in the body.
Many edibles (like cookies and other infused foods) are designed to be processed by digestion, which means they will take effect more slowly. Although it varies for every person, these types of edibles may take 1-3 hours to kick in. On the other hand, some edibles (like hard candies and chews) are designed to dissolve slowly in the mouth for sublingual absorption, similar to tinctures. That means you could begin to feel effects after roughly 45 minutes.
The downside to edibles is that you can’t easily stack on another dose if the effects aren’t quite what you hoped by the time they kick in. You can, however, combine a THC-O vape pen with an edible dose to help gently lift you to exactly where you’d like to be.
Thanks to its natural hemp source, THC-O is federally legal and legal in many U.S. states, which means it's far more accessible than traditional cannabis products. It's important that you source from trustworthy hemp manufacturers that provide third-party lab tests for every batch. If you're interested in trying THC-O, we also recommend that you take dosing slowly and feel out the effects of this highly potent THC product in order to ensure a safe, positive experience.Looking for THC-O products you can buy online? Check out ourDelta-8 + THC-O Vape Cart.
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