Does THC-O Give You Energy?

by Kat Austin July 13, 2022 4 min read

Does THC-O Give You Energy? - Vida Optima™

THC-O is the hemp market’s latest buzz–probably because it’s thought to be nearly three times as potent as traditional THC. What people really want to know, though, is what kind of high does THC-O produce? Does THC-O give you energy? Or do the effects lean towards the other end of the spectrum?

Really, it could go either way, but if you want to use THC-O for a daytime boost, you’re in luck! Here’s what you need to know:

Table of Contents
What is THC-O?
THC-O Effects
How to Use THC-O for Energy
Tips for a THC-O Energy Boost
THC-O + Delta-8 Vape With Sativa Terpenes

Key Takeaways

  • THC-O is highly potent and known to have uplifting effects that may help increase both mental and physical energy.
  • Taking the correct THC-O dosage is crucial to getting the most out of your THC-O experience.
  • THC-O products that with sativa-dominant terpene profiles may be best for increasing energy.
  • Always check the quality of your THC-O products before you buy.

What is THC-O?

A variety of different THC-O dosing styles that may be available online
THC-O, or THC-O acetate, is a THC analog that’s similar in structure to Delta-9, but is thought to interact with the endocannabinoid system at nearly three times the rate. This increased potency may translate to greater recreational effects and increased therapeutic benefits compared to other cannabinoids, so it’s entirely fair to wonder how THC-O may impact your energy.


It's also worth noting that because it's made from legal hemp material (but contains less than the legally specified amount of Delta-9-THC, which is 0.3%), THC-O is federally legal and much more accessible than traditional THC products. That may make it a better therapeutic option for consumers when traditional cannabis products are out of reach.

THC-O Effects–Does It Give You Energy?

It’s true that THC-O is much more potent than Delta-8 or Delta-9, so most people assume that it’s more sedating and relaxing as well. That’s not exactly the case. Even though THC-O is incredibly potent, it’s not usually described as sedating.

In fact, even basic THC-O formulations are naturally more uplifting and energizing than most other THC products. The effects are sometimes described as borderline-hallucinogenic, and many people enjoy it’s increased potency for both recreational and therapeutic purposes.

In fact, it’s often described as having “sativa-leaning” effects, whereas Delta-8’s effects are thought to be more that of an indica strain. Many people also note that it boosts appetite substantially, which may be a sign of boosted metabolism (which means boosted energy levels).

So, does THC-O give you energy? Not in the same manner as a caffeinated energy drink, but most reports suggest that it provides the cognitive lift and body-high you need to power through your day, workout, or weekend adventures.

Of course, the true effects you’ll get from THC-O depend on the formula you choose. Here’s how to pick on that delivers the full-body boost you’re after:

How to Use THC-O for Energy

Although THC-O may be energizing and uplifting on its own, certain formulations may have the opposite effect. In fact, some THC-O products may be better suited for sleep, so you need to understand how to choose a good THC-O product if you’re looking for a mental or physical boost.

For instance, a THC-O formula made with an indica-dominant terpene profile may be more relaxing, but you can find neutral or sativa-leaning products that are great for getting you going or helping you feel level, not sleepy.

Some products may combine THC-O with Delta-8, a milder cannabinoid with relaxing psychoactive effects. Of course, this won’t necessarily negate the uplifting effects of THC-O, rather it could make them more manageable for new THC consumers that aren’t accustomed to the high potency.

Tips for a THC-O Energy Boost

If you plan to try to use THC-O to boost physical or mental energy during the day, you may want to consider the timing and the amount of THC-O you take. Keep in mind that different types of THC-O product may have different onset times and effects. You should also consider that taking too much may result in the opposite effect–drowsiness.

Here are some tips for using THC-O to support alertness during the day:

  • Choose a sativa or neutral product and avoid indicas, which are known for promoting relaxation and potentially supporting sleep.
  • Vapes take effect almost instantly, so you can take your THC-O dose right in the morning, before your workout, or at the beginning of a creative task.
  • Because vapes take effect in 5-10 minutes, you can stack small doses periodically until you reach the lift you desire.
  • THC-O tinctures and edibles may take between 30 minutes and an hour to take effect, so you may want to take them sooner. THC-O doses are typically much smaller than the dosage used for standard THC products. You may want to read "How Much THC-O Should I Take?" to learn more.
  • If you decide that you need to increase your THC-O dosage when using an edible or tincture, wait until the next day to do so. Because the effects may take a while to kick in, they may not overlap your current dose and you may end up feeling intoxicated for longer than you'd like.

Vida Optima THC-O Vape

THC-O + Delta-8 Vape With Sativa-Dominant Terpenes

Looking for something to help stimulate your mind and body? Our THC-O + Delta-8-THC vaporizer comes in three varieties (Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid) designed to fit into any occasion. We use industry leading strain profiling techniques to create the perfect sativa-dominant blend. The well-balanced euphoric blend of THC-O, Delta-8, and sativa-leaning terpenes is guaranteed to give you the gentle boost you’re after.

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