THCO Information

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THCO (also known as THC Acetate or ATHC) is a chemical compound that is derived from federally legal hemp plants. Unlike many other cannabinoids, it is not naturally occurring within the plant, but is instead synthesized through acetylation.

This type of controlled chemical reaction replaces a hydrogen group with an acetyl group, creating a more potent version of the original THC from which it came. It is similar to Delta-8 THC in this regard, as both compounds are man made.

Though hemp plants are classified as containing less than .3% of Delta-9 THC, this process and creation of THCO can substantiate the psychoactive effects commonly associated with smoking marijuana. This will also ensure that the final consumed product is federally legal, again containing less than .3% of Delta-9 THC.

This synthetic form of THC has many exciting applications, especially for those who prefer the psychoactive effects of Delta-9 THC, but live in a state where it is not yet legal for recreational and/or medical consumption. For some, the euphoria produced by the other psychoactive synthetic, Delta-8 THC, is not quite strong enough. In these instances, THCO may be the answer they are looking for.

It has been mostly overlooked, and until recently rarely talked about within the marijuana consuming community. This is most likely due to the somewhat complex science involved in its creation. However, THCO is now a fairly mainstream topic, and users can expect to see it become increasingly available in the coming years. As with many other cannabinoids, it is on an upward trend into being widely accepted and used.


THCO is a potent psychoactive cannabinoid. Nicknamed the “psychedelic” or “spiritual” cannabinoid, the effects are said to be about 3 times stronger than Delta 9 THC.


THCO is an analog of THC but it’s extremely potent. In fact it’s thrice as potent as Delta 8 THC as well as Delta 9 and 10! 

So it’d be best to go slow with THCO especially if you’re a beginner. Consuming too much of it may even lead to side effects but there’s not much research on the subject of THC-O yet. Based on the little existing research, it has been found that the compound is not activated until it is metabolized. So it’s essentially a prodrug that needs approximately 20-30 minutes to take effect. 

It’d be worthwhile to note at this point that given that the compound is new in the market, there’s a diverse range of products available right now, with varied levels of quality. So it’d be prudent to choose pharmaceutical-grade THCO for sale or THCO products – be it THCO flower, THcoil, THCO cartridge, or any other – made from high-quality extracts and that have undergone a series of purification steps.


Is THC-O legal? At the Federal level, THC-O is not legalized yet, like Delta 8 or Delta 10 THC. So the legality of THC-O is a grey area currently. In addition the THC-O market has not yet fully developed as its potency levels are not yet clearly defined. Moreover there’s almost no lab testing of THCO products at the moment. 

We hope we’ve helped resolve your doubts and queries about what is THCO. Pinnacle Hemp offers a broad array of 100% organic industrial hemp products grown in Colorado. So all our products are non-GMO, PG-free, and PEG-free. To order exceptional hemp products from Pinnacle Hemp, shop now!

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