With a new year comes a new product gaining popularity among cannabis users. Introducing THC-O, or THC-O acetate, a synthetic form of THC derived from hemp. Stronger than other synthetic hemp-derived cannabinoid, delta-8 THC, or delta-9 THC, it has the budding reputation as the “psychedelic cannabinoid.”
What is Hemp Derived THC?
Hemp and marijuana are both products of the cannabis plant. Until recently, THC, the element that gets users high, could only be found in marijuana. In 2018, the Farm Bill legalized hemp and hemp byproducts across the U.S., creating a new market for legal hemp and hemp derived products.
So how do you get strong THC that mimics the effects of marijuana from hemp, which must contain less than 0.3% THC to be considered legal? Through a series of chemical processes, cannabidiol (CBD) is extracted from the hemp. For regular CBD products, this is the end of the road. Taken a step further, delta-8 THC can be extracted from the CBD, and an organic solvent called acetic anhydride is administered to the delta-8 THC molecules. This process creates the flavorless, scentless and potent dose of THC isolate known as THC-O.
THC-O products are not for the uninitiated, however. Because it can be roughly three times stronger than traditional marijuana due to the synthesis process, only experienced cannabis users should indulge in this particular cannabinoid. If you’re new to cannabis, hemp-derived THC or edibles in general, consider a more mellow introduction with CBD Gummies or other THC edibles.
THC-O Gummies Benefits
Effects from THC-O edibles range from a calming body sensation, an uplifting and happy feeling, a physical buzz or a mental buzz. Some users have even reported psychedelic-like effects.
Those who use medical marijuana to help with chronic pain, insomnia or other health-related issues, and notice management of these conditions requires high doses of THC for relief, may benefit from trying out THC-O gummies.
THC-O gummies are not intended to treat, cure or prevent illness, and it’s important to speak with your healthcare professional about your specific needs.
Where Can I Buy THC-O Acetate Gummies?
While THC-O products are still the new kid on the block, many brands have already jumped on the trend, producing their own lines of THC-O edibles. So without further ado:
The Best THC-O gummies for 2022
Starting off strong, or should we say potent, these gummy peach rings by Terra Vita offer 50mg of THC-O per gummy, along with a heaping helping of nostalgia for our favorite childhood candy. They also come with a QR code on their packaging to view the testing results of every batch, ensuring Terra Vita’s quality and potency. They come in three flavors, Sour Apple, Blue Raspberry and the classic Peach.
A popular choice in 2021, Binoid continues to produce quality THC-O gummies that keep customers coming back. Their 4.5-star rating and over 160 reviews speak for themselves. Currently, these thco gummies come in 500mg packages (25mg THC-O per gummy) with three different flavor choices. There’s Blueberry Pie, Sour Cherry Lime and Pina Colada, so you have plenty of options for your THC treat. Binoid also sells a Mixed Flavors bottle, for the indecisive flavor curator, and lets not forget they offer free shipping.
Another brand hopping on the THC-O train is Bearly Legal, which now offers both 500mg and 200mg options in Pineapple Guava and Blue Raspberry Cotton Candy. These are slightly less concentrated, with 20mg of THC-O per gummy, so they’re a good choice if you’re still working out the correct dosage you want. The price point for these delicious gummies is a bit higher than other brands mentioned, but Bearly Legal offers sales and discount codes frequently, as well as free shipping on orders over $50, so keep an eye out on their site to score a deal.
Even less concentrated (but no less fun), Bay Smokes offers THC-O gummies at just 10mg THC-O per gummy. This low dose version is perfect for first-timers trying to figure out their limits, or for the veteran users who just want a little something extra throughout the day. Their only drawback is the small quantities per pack. Currently, Bay Smokes offers a four count, eight count and 16 count, so more frequent users may want to opt for a brand with a higher amount of total servings. Bay Smokes also offers free shipping on orders greater than $77.
If variety is your thing, this is the brand for you. Fucked Up offers not one, not two, but four different flavors of THC-O gummies to try out. So far they come in Grape, Lime, Strawberry, and Blue Raspberry. There’s also an assorted flavors option, if you feel like trying them all. Fucked Up also offers a decent price point for the amount and potency you get, making them one of the most well-rounded brands reviewed.
Another brand a little easier on the wallet are these amazing gummies by Smilyn. But don’t worry, you aren’t sacrificing any quality. Unlike most gummies, these come in a convenient blister pack, which Smilyn says helps preserve the gummies better than traditional packaging. One gummies pack contains 10 individually sealed gummies, each with 25mg of THC-O. You can view their lab results right on the Smilyn website as well, so you know what you’re getting before you purchase. The fruity flavor options include Kiwi Strawberry, Blueberry Mango and Guava Dragonfruit.
A great brand for bulk buying, Utoya offers a variety of gummies in a range of sizes (including bags up to 5lbs) that can pretty much cover any and all of your THC-O gummy needs. While the exact flavors of each item seem to be limited to just one, the Utoya website describes their premium and delicious gummies as “a delicious burst of sweet flavor.” Each gummy is designed to indicate the strength of THC-O. The gummy bears are 15mg each, the gummy fruit slices are 25mg, the sour gummy worms are 40mg, the gummy rings are 50mg and the jumbo fruit slices are 100mg each.
Just a few decimals shy of a 5-star rating, these gummies from CBD Supply MD are sure to please. They’re also available in a regular version if sour candies aren’t your jam, with both versions containing 10mg of THC-O per gummy. While this is another good brand to start off your THC-O journey at a lower dosage, the price point is a little high for the 10 THC-O gummies you get per pack.
Is THC-O Safe?
THC-O is a cannabinoid product synthesized from hemp. There isn’t much regulation on hemp synthesized products in the industry yet. Be sure to research any brands you may be unsure of, and check for third-party lab testing, as there may be unregulated or untested chemicals used in the extraction process. An FDA disclaimer on delta-8 THC reads, “these products have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA for safe use in any context. Some concerns include variability in product formulations and product labeling, other cannabinoid and terpene content, and variable delta-8 THC concentrations.” While THC-O products are hemp-derived, it may still be illegal in some states. Check your local cannabis laws if using outside a state where recreational and/or medical cannabis has been legalized.
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