You’ve heard that THC-O is nearly three times as potent as traditional THC products–an exciting fact for many recreational cannabis consumers. Some consumers, though, are a bit more hesitant to try this near-psychedelic cannabinoid, and one important question stands between them and their very first THC-O experience–how long does a THC-O high last?
If you’re ready to dip your toes in the effects of THC-O but curious how much time you need to allot to the experience, here’s what you should know:
We mentioned that THC-O is nearly three times more potent than Delta-9-THC products, but you should also be aware that the effects are slightly different. In general, they are often described to be more uplifting and energizing. Thanks to the increased potency, THC-O is also sometimes named “the spiritual cannabinoid” and is described as borderline hallucinogenic.
This can make for a positive, uplifting, and potent high, but also means that you shouldn’t plan to drive, operate machinery, or do tasks that otherwise require sobriety. That makes it all the more important to understand how long the effects of THC-O will last (and how to potentially come down from the effects faster when the need arises).
If you want to learn more about the general effects of THC-O, we recommend you read:
Otherwise, let’s skip to the bottom line:
First, let’s address one thing–there is no evidence available to give us any specific guidelines for understanding the half life of THC-O.
However, it’s thought to interact with the endocannabinoid system in a manner that is incredibly similar to Delta-9-THC, and the molecules are incredibly similar in nature. So, we must draw conclusions from what we know about traditional THC products and from anecdotal experiences to better understand the duration of THC-O’s effects.
It’s also important to understand that everyone will metabolize THC-O differently, meaning that your dose may not wear off at the same time as another person who took the exact same dose. In general, the duration of the effects you will experience are also impacted by the type of product you take. In fact, this may have the heaviest impact on how long THC-O will last.
Here are some general guidelines:
Simply put, a THC-O high can last anywhere from 3-8 hours depending on the dosing method you use and your own unique biological factors, like your metabolic rate.
THC-O will trigger the same results on a drug exam as if you had used Delta-9-THC prior to taking the test. For that reason, it’s important to understand how long THC-O is detectable in the body even after you come down from its effects.
To put it briefly, THC-O’s half life is thought to be about the same as Delta-9’s, and after about 30 minutes half of the original dose has been metabolized. Still, the half life doesn't determine how long THC-O is detectable. Instead, the length of time THC-O is detectable in the body depends mostly on the type of drug test being used. This is because all tests have different detection windows.
Other factors, like your metabolism, age, weight, and frequency of use will also factor in, but to a much lesser extent. In general, THC metabolites may be present in your urine for as little as 3 days or as long as 30 days after last consumption. THC is typically only present in saliva for about 48 hours after dosing and in blood for about 36 hours after dosing. Hair samples have the longest detection window of up to 90 days.
Check out “Does THC-O Show Up on a Drug Test?” for more information.
If you tried THC-O and the effects are lasting a bit longer than you are comfortable with, you may be able to do some things to ease the experience along. To come down from a THC-O high more quickly, try the following:
THC-O’s effects are much more potent than other hemp-derived THC products, so its important that you process with caution if you’re new to the THC experience. If you want to test the THC-O experience safely, here are some tips that may help:
Although THC-O is legal and accessible, not all hemp-derived THC products are made equal. Be sure to look for a trustworthy, experienced hemp manufacturer in order to find high-quality, safe products. Look for products that are made from legal hemp material in an area where both hemp products and THC-O are legal. The brand you choose should also be willing to provide a Certificate of Analysis from the third-party batch tests used to verify the information presented on the product's label.For hemp-derived THC products that are 100% Farm Bill compliant and meet all the marks we listed above, we recommend checking out our Elev8 Collection, which includes a variety of edibles, vapes, flower, and more.
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