Does THC-O Cause Hallucinations?
You might hear it called the ‘new cannabinoid,’ but THC-O isn’t exactly an unknown entity. It’s been studied as far back as 1949, when it was first discovered to be significantly more potent than the standard THC.
However, it made its way into the public eye after hemp and cannabis became legal in some states. Now the freedom to explore the many benefits of cannabis has brought these ‘new’ products to light.
What’s The Big Deal About THC-O?
THC-O is a synthetic cannabinoid made by extracting CBD from hemp, extracting Delta-8 THC from the CBD, and then adding a compound to the Delta-8 THC in the lab.
The process requires special equipment and training, and the chemicals needed are highly flammable. In other words, don’t try this at home! Stay safe and try our quality THC-O products instead.
The result is a thick liquid that can be used in edibles, tinctures, vapes, and flowers.
So what’s the big deal about THC-O? By some estimates, THC-O is about three times stronger than the garden-variety THC you’re used to (Delta-9) and about five times stronger than Delta-8 THC.
You read that right! Three times stronger than THC. Yet, it’s derived from hemp.
It’s also considered borderline psychedelic. In other words, not your everyday hemp!
Does It Have Hallucinogenic Effects?
THC-O has been called ‘the psychedelic cannabinoid’ because of its potency and side effects when compared to THC. It typically has a similar high to other forms of THC. In fact, low doses hit similar to Delta-9 THC.
But moderate doses get you to nearly psychedelic heights, causing intense visuals and altered headspace. At higher doses, THC-O can really pack a psychedelic punch and can also be downright incapacitating.
If that sounds like what you’re looking for, patience is key. Don’t make the rookie mistake of dosing yourself when it doesn’t kick in right away. THC-O needs to be metabolized to activate. This means it can take time to kick in. Like a standard edible, it might take 20 minutes to an hour before it hits. But when it does, it tends to hit hard and fast, with a peak about 20 minutes into the first wave.
THC-O has similar effects to other forms of THC, hitting users with subtle (or not-so-subtle) alterations in sensory perception—sight, taste, sound, and touch—but overall it has a more psychedelic effect. It packs a punch with more visuals than other forms of THC.
THC-O is not for everyone. It can be an enjoyable and trippy ride, but can also be highly uncomfortable for some.
Dosage Considerations: What if You Don’t Want Psychedelic Effects?
Not everyone is looking for the highest bang for the buck—medical users might be looking for something entirely different. Long-time use may have you taking increasingly higher doses of THC to manage your symptoms. If so, you might find potent relief with THC-O, but you might not want the psychedelic or psychoactive effects.
THC-O is known to have anti-nausea, anti-anxiety, stress-reducing, appetite-stimulating, sleep-supportive, and pain-relieving effects. Still, it does have a high level of psychoactivity that isn’t right for everyone.
You may be able to avoid unwanted side effects by paying careful attention to the threshold (minimum) dose needed for psychoactive effects and, of course, knowing your own limits.
The standard psychoactive range for THC-O is 1-5 mg inhaled or 3-10 mg taken orally.
Psychedelic effects, however, start at around 15 mg. But as with all THC products, it’s smart to start on the low end of the dosage until you are familiar with how it will affect you. The safest course may be to start at the threshold dose and increase the dose slightly until you either achieve symptomatic relief or encounter unwanted psychoactive or psychedelic effects.
A general guideline for THC-O:
- Threshold Dose — 3 mg oral or 0.5 mg inhaled
- Standard Psychoactive Dose — 3–10 mg oral or 1–3 mg inhaled
- Psychedelic Dose — 10 mg or more oral or 5 mg or more inhaled
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As always, start low and go slow. And enjoy!
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