THC-O Now Illegal According to the DEA
Posted by SN on Feb 21, 2023
DEA Declares THC-O Illegal Schedule 1 Substance
Recently, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) made an announcement that THC-O, a psychoactive cannabinoid, derived from either Delta 8 THC or Delta 9 THC, is now considered an illegal substance. This ruling came as a shock to many people who believed that THC-O was a legal compound, especially if it was derived from hemp. In this blog post, we will explore what THC-O is, how it is different from other cannabinoids, how it is made, and why it is now illegal.
What is THC-O?
THC-O is a cannabinoid that is similar to Delta 9 THC, which is the primary psychoactive compound found in cannabis. However, it is significantly more potent, and the effects can last much longer. It is said to be up to three times more potent than Delta 9 THC. THC-O can be derived from either Delta 8 THC or Delta 9 THC.
THC-O is different from other cannabinoids because it is synthesized, meaning it is not found naturally in the cannabis plant. It is created through a chemical process that involves the conversion of Delta 8 or Delta 9 THC into THC-O.
How is THC-O made?
THC-O is made through a complex chemical process that involves the conversion of Delta 8 or Delta 9 THC into THC-O. This process is usually carried out in a laboratory setting, and it involves the use of dangerous chemicals. One common method for creating THC-O is through the use of acids and solvents to break down Delta 8 or Delta 9 THC and then adding a new compound to create THC-O.
Why did people think THC-O was legal if made from hemp?
Many people believed that THC-O derived from hemp was legal because of the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized hemp and hemp-derived products. The bill defined hemp as any cannabis plant with less than 0.3% THC content. This led some manufacturers to believe that any product derived from hemp, including THC-O, was legal.
However, the DEA’s recent ruling has made it clear that THC-O, regardless of its source, is considered an illegal substance. The DEA’s ruling states that any synthetic cannabinoids, including THC-O, are considered Schedule I controlled substances under the Controlled Substances Act.
What are the effects of THC-O?
The effects of THC-O are similar to those of other cannabinoids, such as Delta 9 THC. However, THC-O is significantly more potent, and the effects can last much longer. Users of THC-O have reported intense psychoactive effects, including hallucinations and dissociation. Additionally, the effects can last for up to 12 hours, which is much longer than the effects of other cannabinoids.
Why is THC-O illegal just because it doesn't exist naturally?
The DEA’s recent ruling on THC-O is based on its classification as a synthetic cannabinoid. According to the DEA, any compound that is synthesized or created in a laboratory setting is considered a synthetic cannabinoid and is therefore considered a Schedule I controlled substance.
The DEA has classified synthetic cannabinoids as Schedule I controlled substances because they are considered to have a high potential for abuse and no currently accepted medical use. Additionally, synthetic cannabinoids are often created using dangerous chemicals and can have unpredictable effects on the user.
THC-O is different from other cannabinoids because it is synthesized, meaning it is not found naturally in the cannabis plant. The compound is created through chemical means.
Will The Green Nursery continue to carry THC-O?
If you are a regular customer of The Green Nursery, we wanted to let you know that once our current inventory is sold out, it will be gone for good due to recent changes in the legality of certain products. However, we want to suggest an alternative for you to try - our hemp-derived Delta 9 THC gummies. These gummies should remain legal the longest under the current iteration of the 2018 Farm Bill, and we are confident that they will provide you with the same high-quality experience that you have come to expect from The Green Nursery. Don't miss out on this opportunity to try our hemp-derived Delta 9 THC gummies while they remain in the clear!