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THC-O Acetate: The Ultimate Guide To THC-O That You Must Know!

by in Science September 6, 2021

This is your ultimate guide to understanding THC-O to the fullest extent possible. We took a lot of time compiling data, looking into studies, reviews, and we are prepared to share what we know with you.

Is THC-O Legal In My State?

According to all research done there are currently no states that have made THC-O illegal.

What Is THC-O, Where Did It Come From?

The history of THC-O is both vague and interesting!ย 

You will hear or read comments online about how people will call THC-O the Heroin or Morphine of cannabis. Which is a bit of an extreme and misleading nickname given the attributes of those other titles. Rather unfortunate really that they were called this by enough to make it a thing, but it’s not to say that they aren’t at least a little bit right.ย 

THC-O isn’t anything like heroin, as they aren’t even in the same class, share the same structure, or target the same receptors in the brain. The only similarity that is there is the process that was used to create it back in the 60s by none other than “Florida Man”. This Florida man was not named in the histories, however, the documentation on this incident goes like this.

THC acetate ester was investigated as a possible non-lethal incapacitating agent as part of the Edgewood Arsenal experiments at some point between 1949 and 1975. It was noted to have about twice the capacity to produce ataxia (lack of voluntary coordination of muscle movements) as did THC when administered to dogs.[3]

Author D. Gold provided synthesis instructions for this compound (calling it “THC acetate”) in his 1974 book Cannabis Alchemy: Art of Modern Hashmaking.[1]

The U.S. DEA first encountered THC-O-acetate as an apparent controlled substance analogue of THC in 1978. It was apparently made in an analogous manner to how heroin is made from morphine.[4] The incident was described by Donald A. Cooper of the DEA thus:
“Given the world wide ready availability of marijuana, it is somewhat difficult to produce a viable argument for making [controlled substance analogs (CsA’s)] of cannabinoids. However, ten years ago (1978) an attempt to produce CsA’s from cannabis extracts was encountered in the Jacksonville, Florida area. In this case a concentrated extract of cannabis had been obtained by a soxhlet extraction. The extract had been acetylated with acetic anhydride, and in the final step, the excess acetic anhydride removed by distillation (reference is unretrievable due to its appearance in an underground periodical). The product contained neither quantities of nonderivatized cannabinoid nor any identifiable plant fragments. Since this single instance, no acetalaced cannabinoid samples have been reported by a DEA laboratory. Therefore, this instance is assumed to represent an isolated occurrence and as such, will serve to terminate our discussion of cannabinoid CsA’s.”

A similar case was reported in June 1995 in the United Kingdom, and THC-O-acetate was ruled to be a Class A drug in that case. The description of that case appears to indicate the convicted manufacturer was using D. Gold’s book Cannabis Alchemy as a guide.[5]

THC acetate was also reported to have been found by New Zealand police in 1995, again made by acetylation of purified cannabis extracts with acetic anhydride.[6]

Source – Wikipedia

What are the effects of THC-O?

THC-O has been described as the spiritual cannabinoid, and said to be 3 times stronger than Delta 9 THC. According to what happened with us here at Utoya, we can say that we didn’t necessarily experience any spiritual or psychedelic effects ourselves, but some people did say that they felt a buzz and tingle that was similar to a mushroom feeling. While we cannot make this claim for our own staff, we can at least say the following about this cannabinoid:

  • It is strong!ย 
  • You can’t take into account your tolerance for other cannabinoids, this one doesn’t work the same, so it doesn’t matter if you are a heavy-weight champion pot-smoker or a light-weight. Your effects may differ!
  • This takes about 30 minutes for the euphoria to kick in, however, when it kicks, it’s not an instant punch, it’s a roller coaster and you’re going along for the ride which may last anywhere from 1 hour to 5 hours depending on the person.
  • For many of us, this is an energetic buzz, we feel like it suits the Sativa flowers and strains beautifully.
  • Some people may find it hard to go to sleep with THC-O. So plan accordingly!
  • Great cannabinoid by itself, but even more awesome when combined with Delta 8 in a vape or flower.ย 
  • Fantastic for an uplifted afternoon or activity energy booster! (The gym is amazing on THC-O!)

THC-O is truly an interesting cannabinoid in how it is created, how it works in the body, and what’s more is that this cannabinoid is only just starting to become more explored.

In the documentation provided, we also see that there is a portion that mentions the Military Experimentation that was going on in the 1940s – 1970s.

I want to be clear that this study was not a part of controversial studies such as MK ULTRA or Project 112. These were considered inhumane and/or illegal.

How Do I know I can trust THC-O products?

THC-O products are so new to laboratories that testing for THC-O is still being perfected. This is mostly due to the fact they were so wildly unpopular over the last several years that they were basically unheard of outside of those small pockets in history, and even those have very light coverage.

This means that you want to make sure you can trust the product you are taking and trust the company you are buying from!

Utoya sources its THC-O from the most reliable vendors, and ensures that the testing done on the THC-O prior to its purchase was done with the utmost integrity and is then taken and tested amongst our staff and many employees. If something isn’t right, Utoya knows before it hits the shelf!

The bottom line is, Utoya takes the time to source its THC-O, investigate sources, personally test products prior to release, and ensure that the products that are being created uphold the highest standard in quality for your safety, benefit, and enjoyment of high-end products.ย 

What Kind of THC-O Products are there?

There are so many different products that Utoya offers, it would take someone forever to demystify between text links and knowing what you want, so we went ahead and compiled those products here for you to check out! We’ve got it all, edibles, drinks, flower, concentrates, and water solubles!ย 

Is THC-O the same thing as spice?

Absolutely not. Spice was a synthetic cannabinoid that was developed to mimic THC and it was a failed experiment that ultimately hospitalized a lot of people and had some very extreme, instant, and adverse effects.

How Is Spice Different Than THC-O?

The answer is unclear as to how spice is even made, and it had a lot of pesticides in it that were obscure, and even not-so-obscure additions of “RAID” roach spray was found to be added to the top of spice.ย 

In Mississippi, they had one of the worst spice outbreak cases in the United States and the Director of Poison Control Said

//REGARDING SPICE / K2 // –> “These are literally laboratory chemicals, they have nothing to do with marijuana,” Cox said. “They don’t look anything like marijuana, they haven’t been tested, we don’t know anything about their purity or what else they do in the body.”ย 

Basically THC-O is not even close to K2 / Spice.

THC-O is nothing at all like spice or K2. THC-O is nothing like heroin or morphine. These are extreme views by those who either don’t know and are repeating information they heard in passing or are on an agenda to end cannabinoid success.ย 

How is THC-O Made?

Making THC-O-acetate is a complicated procedure that is virtually difficult to conduct at home, so don’t bother taking notes because you don’t have the necessary equipment in your kitchen.

Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) is the precursor to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) before decarboxylated, and THC-O is derived from it. THC-O is made by combining THCA with a mixture of sulfuric acid and acetic anhydride, which is why it is classified as synthetic. When heat is applied to this mixture of chemicals, a chemical reaction alters the molecular structure of THCA, making it extremely powerful.

We would like to mention that it is not at all safe to attempt to produce this yourself at home, things that are involved require very careful, professional and experienced hands with strong working knowledge of chemistry. Do not attempt to create THC-O in your home, please!ย 

For your working knowledge for those who wish to go above and beyond in regards to actually understanding how this works, I don’t blame you for wanting to know more, and I don’t want to send you on a wild goose chase. This is the book that was followed and may hold most of the answers you are looking for regarding how THC-O Acetate is or at least was at one time created. I cannot guarantee that these are the same materials, chemicals, or other items used for modern-day creation methods. Again, this is not meant to be done at home, this information is for educational research purposes only. Utoya does not accept responsibility for individuals who use this information outside of basic reading comprehension and retaining of information, actions taken thereafter with or without regard to this information is not to be considered as an influence or suggestion by Utoya.