Types of Cannabinoids

Where Does THC-O Come From?

THC-O products are the ‘new kid on the block’, so to speak. They are synthesized versions of THC that can be made using hemp-derived cannabinoids as a base. Here’s all you need to know and more about the origins of THC-O.


What Is THC-O and Where Does It Come From?

THC-O Effects

Where to Find THC-O Online

Is THC-O Legal?

Is THC-O Safe?

What Is THC-O and Where Does It Come From?

Apparently, THC-O has been around since the late 1940s, when it first popped up as a substance of interest for the U.S. military in a study on the possible long-term effects of short-term exposure to chemical agents.


At the time, THC-O was not even on the illegal market and would not make its appearance until around 30 years later.

Its slow trajectory to market is attributed to the difficult production process of THC-O acetate, another reason why it was quickly dismissed by law enforcement back then as the production process was costly and inefficient.

THC-O acetate is made by taking the THC molecule and adding acetic anhydride. THC-O is not naturally occurring in hemp or any form of cannabis, but the THC used to make it may be. In that sense, as long as the THC used to make THC-O is taken from hemp, it puts THC-O in a legal grey area because hemp is considered federally legal as long as it contains less than 0.3% Delta 9 THC.

Another interesting fact is that legal THC-O is made using Delta 8 THC extracted from hemp, another form of THC that sits in a legal grey area as you might learn from our piece on Everything You Need to Know About Delta 8 THC.

Delta 8 THC is already very difficult to come by and by adding this additional degree of difficulty to the mix, you are pretty much guaranteed that only companies with strict safety and quality standards will be able to produce it the correct way. Strict control conditions are necessary to ensure that no solvents or harmful chemicals are left behind to end up in the final THC-O product.


You’ll want to make sure you purchase your THC-O only from reliable retailers and trustworthy brands. That is why at the Hemmfy marketplace, we strive to bring you products that offer access to the results of proper lab test reports and certificates of analysis. Make sure to visit our wide range of THC-O products and choose the one that best fits your needs.

THC-O Effects

THC-O is considered to be at least three times more potent than regular Delta 9 THC, per several online sources. However, the clinical evidence to back this claim up is not easy to find. So we suggest these claims should be assumed as anecdotal evidence.


It’s important to note that the potency that any cannabinoid, or any substance for that matter, has on a human being will depend on key variables like weight, physical health, and overall tolerance to the substance.

But if the talk of the town is that THC-O is incredibly potent, then it’s safe to say that we should listen to it before consuming too much. The best advice we can give you is to make sure that you consult a licensed physician first and then follow manufacturer instructions.

Products like A Gift From Nature’s THC-O gummies can be even more potent than expected regarding the usual way cannabis edibles act on the body.

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You should probably tread lightly with any THC-O products including  THC-O carts, THC-O flower, THC-O wax, THC-O distillate, or any other THC-O product on the market. Taking it slow with a smaller serving size and gently building up the dose to a comfortable place is probably the way to go. Then again, your best bet will always be consulting with a licensed doctor.

Where to Find THC-O Online

That one is actually a very easy question to answer. Buying THC-O online is as easy as hopping onto the Hemmfy Marketplace and visiting our varied selection of THC-O products where you’ll be able to find anything from THC-O tinctures to edibles, and even THC-O-infused flower.

If you’re not entirely sure if your state allows you to purchase and consume THC-O, worry not. If we can’t ship to your state, we’ll let you know. But we also recommend you first take a look at your state laws regarding this issue.

Is THC-O Legal?

If the manufacturer uses legal Delta 8 THC extracted from legal hemp and the final product does not contain more than 0.3% Delta 9 THC, then technically the product is covered by the 2018 Farm Bill. But as we mentioned before, THC-O sits in somewhat of a legal grey area and it’s always a good idea to look up your state’s laws regarding cannabis. Visit our blog that touches on all the issues regarding the legality of THC-O if you wish to know where THC-O can be purchased legally.

Is THC-O Safe?

The safety of THC-O products will highly depend on who you buy THC-O from. Because it’s such a new cannabinoid, regulations are still trying to catch up. This doesn’t mean that you should not buy THC-O at all, but it does mean that you should only purchase from companies and brands with a good reputation.

Hemmfy articles and blogs are meant to entertain and educate. However, we are not medical professionals and do not intend to give medical advice through them.

The knowledge around CBD and other cannabis-derived products is growing and constantly changing, as does their legal status. Hence, we recommend checking with your local authorities and a licensed physician prior to consumption.

Simon Cartagena

Simon Cartagena is a full-time cannabis copywriter. This has led him to write for companies like Hemmfy.com where he acts as Senior Content Writer and other world-renowned cannabis publications. Simon has created Content Marketing strategies and articles that have helped company revenues increase by up to 1,000%. Simon’s goal is to help people understand cannabis in an industry where misinformation seems to be predominant.