THC-O and Delta-8 are hemp-derived cannabinoids. They produce similar effects, providing a range of recreational and medical uses, but they have a few key differences that set them apart.
Both have similar properties such as being antiemetic and having the ability to stimulate appetite. However, Delta 8 is more potent than THC-O.
THC-O and Delta-8 are hemp derivatives and can give the user a “high.” THC-O is up to three times more potent than Delta-8 and provides the user with a borderline hallucinogenic experience, whereas using Delta-8 is more likely to produce soothing and sedative effects.
THC-O – What is it and What Does it Do?
THC-O stands for tetrahydrocannabinol-o-acetate. THC-O-acetate is a hemp-derived cannabinoid that produces psychoactive and euphoric feelings. Producing THC-O requires the use of acetic anhydride in a lab setting. The synthesis of THC-O begins with the extraction of CBD from the hemp plant and converting it into Delta 8 THC. Delta 8 THC is then combined with acetic anhydride to produce THC-O. The final product is refined to remove unwanted chemicals and solvents.
THC-O products carry therapeutic effects like other THC products — however, it is most often used for recreational purposes. THC-O may be more potent than THC and is said to provide the consumer with mild hallucinogenic or psychedelic effects.
Delta 8 – What is it and What Does it Do?
Delta 8 is a psychoactive compound in marijuana and hemp. While the cannabis plant naturally produces it, it is not found in significant amounts — and is typically made from hemp-derived cannabidiol.
Delta 8 has a similar chemical structure to Delta-9 THC, the main psychoactive component of marijuana that produces the feelings of a high. Delta 8 is said to cause a milder high than Delta-9 THC and has less potent side effects.
The 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp containing less than 0.3 percent Delta-9 THC. That means there’s a loophole at the federal level for products containing higher amounts of Delta 8, as long as they come from hemp that doesn’t have more than 0.3 percent delta-9 THC based on dry weight.