From sublingual CBD candies to Delta-8 tinctures, the innovations of hemp market are seemingly limitless. Still, new cannabinoid formulations are emerging everyday and one question we’re seeing regularly is “what is a THC-O vape?”
THC-O vaporizers are a psychoactive powerhouse offering fast acting effects that are up to three times stronger than you’d get from traditional THC. Want to know more? Let’s dig in:
THC-O, otherwise known as THC-O acetate, is a THC analog, meaning it has a structure that is almost identical to traditional THC products. Just like traditional THC, it has potent psychoactive effects, but it can be found in and made from legal hemp material, which means its legal in many U.S. states.
Just like other phytocannabinoids, THC-O can interact with the endocannabinoid system, a neuromodulatory system that's responsible for maintaining homeostasis and regulating many important bodily functions. The way that phytocannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid system is the reason that certain cannabinoids, like CBD and THC, are well known for having potential health benefits. Of course, more THC-O research is needed to understand its therapeutic potential.
Usually, THC-O is found in distillate form, and that THC-O distillate is added to a wide range of products to create different dosing styles. THC-O vapes, in particular, have a few benefits that may make them the perfect recreational or therapeutic dose.
Vaping is a popular dosing style for all hemp and cannabis products because they offer fast-acting, easy to control doses. Plus, they can be used discreetly and are often more easily available than flower. Let’s break down everything you need to know about THC-O vapes so you can more easily decide if they are right for you:
As we mentioned, THC-O’s effects are quite a bit more potent than traditional THC products, and are especially more potent than other hemp-derived THC products, like Delta-8 and Delta-10. In fact, research has found THC-O to be about three times more potent than traditional THC products.
When you vape THC-O, you experience these effects almost instantly. It can take around 5 minutes for the effects to peak, and the effects may last a couple of hours.
In general, THC-O is uplifting and energizing. It promotes a buzzy head high that can be incredibly intoxicating at high doses.
Another benefit to THC-O vapes is that they often contain terpenes that alter their effects, so you can choose from a variety of different formulas to meet your needs. This method, known as “strain profiling” lends THC-O distillate the unique properties of different cannabis strains.
Our THC-O vaporizer, for instance, is available in three varieties–Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid. Sativa strains are known for being more uplifting, while indica strains may be more relaxing in nature. Hybrids, however, fall somewhere in the middle and may be a great place for beginners to start.
We mentioned that vaping THC-O has benefits compared to other dosing styles, including:
While there are many benefits of vaping THC-O compared to other consumption methods, there are also some drawbacks:
The way that THC-O is made sets it apart from most cannabinoids derived from hemp. THC-O is synthesized from organic hemp material through a process called “isomerization,” or the process of switching one molecule into it’s isomer. Isomers are molecules that have all of the same components, just arranged in a different order.
To make THC-O, manufacturers must first make Delta-8-THC from hemp-derived CBD extract through this isomerization process. Then, Delta-8 can be transformed into THC-O by introducing acetic anhydride.
Afterwards, the solution is refined to remove any unwanted materials or leftover chemicals. After a proper refinement period, the result is a potent THC-O extract that's clean and safe to consume.
This extract is then paired with various terpenes, flavors, sweeteners, and other ingredients in order to create a THC-O vape oil. Then, the oil is machine-loaded into vape carts that are ready to use. These carts are usually made of glass, stainless steel, and include a wick that helps carry the oil to the heat source. The quality of the materials used to make a THC-O vape pen matters, so be wary of vape carts made with low-quality materials. Read about vape cart materials to learn more.
You can find many different THC-O vape pens on the market today–they are quickly becoming one of the most popular psychoactive hemp products! Unfortunately, you can’t trust the quality of all hemp manufacturers because federal and state regulations are still inconsistent and unreliable.
At Vida Optima, we have a small selection of potent, powerful THC-O vapes that we believe to be some of the best quality THC-O vapes on the market. Here’s why:
We offer three different THC-O Vape formulas to choose from:
The Sativa THC-O Vape blend contains a total of 1,000 mg of Delta-8-THC and THC-O combined with a hand-chosen, sativa-leaning terpene blend designed to stimulate cognitive energy, boost creativity, and lift your spirits.
The Indica THC-O Vape blend also contain 1,000 mg of hemp-derived THC, but this terpene profile is designed to mellow you out, help you unwind, and provide a more body-centric relaxation experience.
The Hybrid THC-O Vape blend falls somewhere in the middle, offering a balanced, mellow buzz that’s still functional and uplifting.Looking for something else? Check out ourElev8 Collection for a variety of hemp-derived THC edibles, oils, and more.
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