How Safe are THC-O and HHC for Consumption?
Is THC-O safe? Is HHC safe? Many people have these questions as both cannabinoids increase in popularity.
Because they are both so new, there are a lot of unanswered questions people have. At the moment, we can say that there is no evidence stating that either isn't safe. So far, both of these cannabinoids seem to be very similar in many ways to other cannabinoids like THC. However, THC-O is a synthetic cannabinoid, and HHC is considered semi-synthetic (we'll explain more about this later), so there may be differences we've yet to see.
Ultimately, it's essential to do your research on these compounds. Learn about the potential effects, whether they'll get you high, and what you can expect when taking them. Then, you can make an educated decision about whether THC-O or HHC is a good option for you.
What is THC-O?
THC-O acetate, commonly referred to as just THC-O, is a synthetic cannabis compound created from hemp plants. This cannabinoid is not found naturally in hemp plants like CBD, THC, and others. Instead, it is synthesized through a process using acetic anhydride - a liquid used to make everything from fibers and plastics to dyes and explosives.
Yeah, we get it; that "explosives" part probably sounds concerning, right? In truth, the production of this compound does require very specialized equipment since acetic anhydride is a volatile and flammable chemical. Even though this compound can be dangerous, it's actually very common. It's even found naturally in wine grapes. Plus, when the chemical components are combined in this process, everything becomes stable in the end.
THC-O is usually found as an oil in a vape cartridge. There are also THC-O edibles and tinctures as well.
At the moment, we don’t have much information about THC-O. Most of the information we have is anecdotal and not backed by scientific research. However, thanks to its drastic increase in popularity lately, we're sure there will be plenty of studies on this cannabinoid soon.
For now, it's an exciting development in the cannabis world. If you're interested in trying it out, we have a variety of premium-quality THC-O vape products.
What are the effects of THC-O?
Many people report that THC-O produces a more intense high than standard Delta-9 THC. It's considered to be quite a bit more potent than Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC products.
When you think of THC-O, think "psychedelic."
Many report almost psychedelic effects when compared to standard THC. Although we don't have much research on this compound yet, some evidence suggests that it may be up to three times stronger than Delta-9 THC.
Yep, you read that right. Potentially three times stronger than the THC most people smoke. Because of this intense potency, THC-O is not recommended for anyone who doesn't have experience with regular THC. Also, if you experience any anxiety or adverse side effects from standard THC, then THC-O may not be the best option for you.
People who have tried THC-O claim that it induces mood-enhancing and uplifting feelings of euphoria. These effects may potentially alleviate depression, anxiety, and stress in some people. Others claim that it may have similar effects on decreasing pain and inflammation as THC does.
Again, we need more research before we can definitively state what the effects of THC-O are at this time. Hopefully, we will have a plethora of research backing up those anecdotal claims shortly.
Is THC-O safe?
There is not much research on THC-O right now, as we mentioned above. There aren't any preclinical or clinical research studies examining THC-O's safety or side effects. While there isn't much data about this compound, nothing suggests that it isn't safe.
So far, there aren't any recent reports regarding the overdose or death of anyone consuming THC-O. Most people claim that they don't experience any significant side effects. Most of what people say regarding THC-O, in general, is optimistic.
However, it's essential to take the claims of others with a grain of salt. Everyone can have a different experience with different cannabinoids. Just as some people experience anxiety from using regular THC, you may experience some unpleasant side effects from any other cannabinoid.
If you are interested in trying THC-O, it's essential to only purchase products from reputable companies with premium-quality ingredients. Make sure that you only buy products with a Certificate of Analysis (COA).
All of our products here at Eighty Six have a Certificate of Analysis. Check out the COAs for each product, including our THC-O items, here.
If you’re wondering, “Is this product with THC-O safe?” a COA is the best resource. COAs reveal the different types and amounts of cannabinoids present in each product. Plus, the reports detect any foreign materials or heavy metals - so you can rest assured that you know exactly what you're getting.
How do I make trying THC-O safe and enjoyable?
If you want to give this intoxicating compound a try, there are a few tips we have to make your first experience safer and more enjoyable:
- Only buy THC-O products from reputable cannabis companies
- Make sure the THC-O product has a Certificate of Analysis
- Don't try THC-O if you aren't a fan of Delta-9 THC
- Start with a very small dose
- Use the buddy system and try it with a friend
- Take THC-O on a lazy day where you can relax at home
- Don't increase your dose until you're comfortable with the effects
If you're a Delta-9 THC fan, you're likely to enjoy the almost-psychedelic effects THC-O offers. Follow those tips to ensure you'll have a good experience.
What is HHC?
Many wonder, "What is HHC, and is HHC safe?"
Hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) is a cannabinoid that naturally occurs in tiny concentrations in hemp. Although it is found naturally in industrial hemp plants, it is rare and only found in minuscule amounts. Not enough HHC can be extracted and used in products, so it is typically synthesized in a lab.
This is why HHC is considered semi-synthetic. It does occur naturally in hemp, but it must be synthesized to make enough for commercial use.
HHC is similar to its cousins Delta-9 THC and Delta-8 THC. It has intoxicating effects and many of the same benefits as the other compounds.
The process used to synthesize HHC is called hydrogenation. This hydrogenation process is also used to turn vegetable oil into margarine. It includes adding hydrogen atoms to the chemical structure to stabilize it.
HHC is derived from standard Delta-9 THC. To make HHC, scientists use high pressure and a catalyst like palladium or nickel to break the double bond structure of THC. Then, they replace that double bond with hydrogen.
This alteration does some fantastic things to the THC molecule. It makes it much more stable and more resistant to degradation and oxidation. This means that, unlike THC, HHC doesn't lose its potency nearly as quickly. While you need to keep THC from being exposed to air and UV light, HHC can withstand those and maintain its potency for much longer.
What are the effects of HHC?
Many report that HHC has very similar effects to those of THC. Feelings of euphoria, increased heart rate, warmer body temperature, and slightly altered auditory and visual perceptions are all typical effects.
HHC is certainly intoxicating, just like Delta-9 THC. However, many find its effects more relaxing than stimulating. Many describe HHC as a "THC-light" experience with slightly less potent psychoactive effects.
Many find that HHC has less potent effects than Delta-9 THC but is stronger than Delta-8 THC.
If you've experienced a high from using Delta-9 THC before and had an enjoyable experience, you're very likely to enjoy using HHC. Especially if you're open to experiencing a slightly less stimulating high.
Want to give HHC a try? We have a variety of premium-quality HHC disposable vape pens to choose from.
Is HHC safe?
Now let's dive into the safety of HHC. Is the cannabinoid HHC safe?
Like THC-O, there is not much research on HHC and its effects and safety.
At the moment, there is no indication that HHC is any less safe than THC. It is very similar to THC since it is a hydrogenated form of THC. It has similar effects and similar potency but has a longer shelf-life. Future research will likely find that HHC is just as safe as THC.
Ultimately, we need more studies before anyone can state anything about HHC or THC-O. It's always best to do your research and use caution when trying out a new cannabinoid. Always start with a small dose and increase gradually if you are comfortable with the effects. Plus, make sure to only purchase cannabis products from companies with a Certificate of Analysis to go along with the product.