Delta-8 THC (or Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol) is a naturally occurring chemical compound called a cannabinoid that’s found in small traces in hemp and cannabis (marijuana) plants. Its popularity is on the rise, and you can find it everywhere from boutique weed dispensaries to convenience store shelves.
THC-O acetate, or THC-O, is a synthetic analog (or chemical twin) of THC. That means that although THC-O is indeed a cannabinoid, it’s not naturally occurring and can only be safely manufactured via contemporary cannabis tech. A series of extractions must take place to generate THC-O. First, cannabidiol (CBD) is extracted from less than 0.3% THC hemp (made federally legal by the 2018 Farm Bill). Next, delta-8 THC is extracted from the CBD. Finally, the organic solvent acetic anhydride is administered to the delta-8 THC molecules, a process that eliminates all terpenes and flavonoids, leaving behind a flavorless, scentless, motor oil-thick THC isolate with polarizing potency.
HHC is a THC relative long known to science, but until recently not often discussed by cannabis users. HHC is a minor cannabinoid; it occurs naturally in cannabis, but in amounts too small to make extraction cost-effective. Since commercial production of HHC is just getting off the ground, it’s still not widely known. Most cannabinoids can be converted to other cannabinoids by altering the chemistry of the molecules. Like delta 8 THC, commercial HHC is made from hemp-derived CBD in a lab through chemical processes. HHC has one major legal advantage over delta 8 and delta 10: it isn’t called THC.
THC-P is short for tetrahydrocannabiphorol and is scientifically known as (-)-Trans-Δ9-tetrahydrocannabiphorol. It is a naturally occurring cannabinoid, an analog of THC, and has been said to be thirty-three times more active at cannabinoid 1 receptors than regular THC. Naturally occurring cannabinoids have these things called alkyl side chains in their genetic makeup. In order to have any effect on your cannabinoid receptor 1, a cannabinoid needs to have at least three carbon atoms on their alkyl side chain. THC has five carbon atoms and THC-P has SEVEN. And if none of that made any sense to you, that’s okay. The important thing to know is that THC-P is powerful and potent.