February 10, 2022 6 min read

Vaping cannabis is nothing new, but THC-O Is still new to the scene. Question is, can you combine the two? In other words, can you vape THC-O?

THC-O'S intense potency sets it apart from other legal THC products, like Delta-8 and Delta-10. The effects may be even more intense when you vape it, but some premium THC-blends may offer a milder, more balanced experience if that's what you're after.

Either way, if you want to vape THC-O for a potent high, here's what you should know:

Key Takeaways

  • THC-O is highly potent compared to most other THC products, and only small doses are needed when THC-O is vaped.
  • You shouldn’t attempt to make THC-O distillate at home. Instead, look for a high-quality THC-O vape pen.
  • Start low and slow with your THC-O dose, especially if you have no or little THC tolerance.
  • THC-O takes longer than other THC products to take effect, so allow plenty of time for the effects to kick in before adjusting your dosage.
A leaf from a hemp plant, the natural source of legal THC-O vapes.

What is THC-O?

THC-O, or THC-O acetate, is a THC analog made from Delta-8 extract. Because it's made from legal hemp material, it's legal in most states, which makes it far more accessible than traditional THC products.

It's made by exposing the extract to acetic anhydride, a chemical that is unsafe to handle at home. For that reason, it's best to source high-quality THC-O products from an established hemp brand and avoid trying to make your own THC-O at home.

After the THC-O oil is made and refined to remove all unnecessary or potentially harmful chemicals, the resulting oil can be used two ways: to make oral products or vape products.

This highly refined extract is incredibly potent, and you'll commonly find THC-O preparations that have a little Delta-8 in the mix to help control the dosing experience since Delta-8's effects are milder. That's because, especially when vaping THC-O, doses as low as 0.5 mg can cause some intense psychoactive effects.

Before you dive in, it's important to understand the difference in these dosing methods and how exactly to go about vaping THC-O. If you're ready to get started, here's a quick guide:

A Simple Guide to Vaping THC-O

Here’s what you need to know about how to vape THC-O:

Choosing a Product

First and foremost, we want to stress the point of purchasing a high quality THC-O product. THC-O is not easy to make and needs to be made by experienced cannabinoid extraction technicians in a qualified lab setting. It also needs to be carefully refined to remove any leftover acetic anhydride that is not used during the chemical conversion process.

Vida Optima THC-O vape

There are multiple different options out there, although THC-O is not yet as common as Delta-8 or Delta-10. Many THC-O formulas also include Delta-8, which can help to provide more balanced effects that are slightly milder in nature. For most consumers, that's a good thing since very small doses of THC-O can still produce very intense psychoactive effects that are sometimes overwhelming for inexperienced users.

Our disposable Delta-8 Vapes also contain THC-O. The effects are more manageable and easier to gauge than a pure THC-O vape, but it's still much more potent than Delta-8 is on its own. Any one of our indica, sativa, or hybrid varieties is a great option both for new and experienced THC consumers who want to give THC-O a shot.

Adjusting Your Dosage

The typical starting dose for a THC-O vape is around 0.5mg to 1 mg of inhaled THC-O. That means that if you have a vape filled with pure THC or distillate, you can likely take only one small to moderate drag to feel some significant effects. Doses this small are often called microdoses and are used for both therapeutic and recreational purposes.

If the THC-O product you choose also includes Delta-8, you may take a slightly higher dose. For inexperienced THC users this still may mean taking only two short puffs and waiting to feel the full effects of the THC combination.

Keep in mind that THC-O does take longer than other THC products to take effect. Where a standard THC vape can kick in after 5 minutes, you'll need to wait between 20 and 30 to feel the effects of a THC-O vape dose.

That means that you should give plenty of time in between doses before deciding to increase your dose. Don't be fooled by the sudden effects of a vape that also contains Delta-8, as Delta-8 will kick in quickly, but the effects of THC-O may lag a bit. We recommend waiting a full 30 minutes after each dose to monitor the effects before deciding to take another puff from your THC-O vape.

Intensity and Duration

The effects of a THC-O vape can last anywhere from two to four hours, but the effects differ based on the specific formula used, the size of each dose, and the person's THC tolerance.

If it's your first time using a THC-O vape, and especially if it's your first time using a THC vape in general, we recommend taking one to two small puffs and then riding out the rest of the euphoria to get an idea of how it impacts you. In other words, the first time you use a THC-O vape, don't try to push the limits. Pay attention to the time you dose, how long it takes to feel it, and how long it takes afterwards for the effects to begin to fizzle out. You can use all of this vital information to adjust your THC-O vaping routine going forward.

The intensity of a THC-O vape experience will depend directly on how much you take, and the users with a higher THC tolerance may need to take more THC-O than someone with no THC tolerance at all to experience even mild effects.

Other Tips for Vaping THC-O

Double Check Product Quality

Before you actually purchase a THC-O a product or begin vaping THC-O, be sure to double check the quality of the product itself. Poor product quality is one of the primary reasons that people may have a bad experience with hemp-derived THC products.

In general, look for a transparent brand that uses US grown hemp and manufacturers products in a cGMP compliant facility. Also double check for a full ingredient list and third party lab tests results.

Get Comfortable

The THC-O experience is generally described as uplifting, but often also called relaxing and possibly sedating. Because THC-O'S effects are incredibly potent, you may experience what is referred to as a "couch lock high." At higher doses some people may also experience anxiety from THC in general.

We recommend trying THC-O vapes in a comfortable place with trusted friends. For you, this may mean a small get together, a few friends hanging out to watch a movie, or even just your best friend coming over to vape THC-O and share a pizza. Just avoid any situation where you may feel more anxious than usual and make sure you have a comfortable place to lie down and chill once the euphoria kicks in full force.

Have a Snack

Have a small, refreshing snack with your THC dose. Taking THC-O (or any THC product) on an empty stomach can increase the chance that you feel anxious or that the experience is more intense than you'd like. There are no tricks or gimmicks here, just make sure you have something on your stomach for the most positive THCO experience. 

Stay Hydrated

It's no secret that THC products can dehydrate you. After all, dry eyes and cottonmouth are two of the most infamous side effects of a THC high. Dehydration can cause headaches, shakiness, fatigue, and potentially exacerbate anxiety. Make sure you're hydrated when you decide to hit the THC-O vape, and keep a hydrating beverage nearby.

Store Appropriately

Always store your THC-O vape in a cool, dry place, out of direct sunlight. This helps to ensure that it won’t degrade over time or become less potent.

Conclusion: Can You Vape THC-O?

Vida Optima Elev8 Collection

If you’re like many other consumers who are wondering how to vape THC-O, you’ll be happy to know that a high quality THC-O vape pen makes it simple. Learning how to dose slowly, adjust your dosage, and track your THC-O experience is just a matter of time and introspection.

The most important thing you can do before you begin to vape THC-O is verify the quality of the vape formula you choose. Look for a brand that uses U.S. grown, quality tested hemp and a professional manufacturing facility to ensure the safety and quality of the products.

If you’re looking for a THC-O dose that’s delicately balanced with Delta-8-THC, we recommend checking out our Disposable THC Vapes. For more hemp-derived THC products, check out our Elev8 Collection.

 


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