Delta 9-THC, also known as Delta 9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ-9-THC), is the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana (cannabis). It is responsible for the high feeling experienced after consuming marijuana and is currently federally illegal and illegal in most states. THC-O delta-9 acetate, on the other hand, is a synthetic derivative of cannabis that produces similar psychoactive effects. It is not found naturally in cannabis plants and must be created in a chemical reaction from delta-9 THC or delta-8 THC.
Research on the effects of THC (or delta-9-THC) is complicated by many factors, but there is sufficient evidence that it can be harmful, especially for younger people whose brains are still developing. Comparatively, delta 8 THC has a similar intense effect, with an emphasis on the more relaxing components of THC, only much milder. The general consensus is that THC-O is approximately three times stronger than Delta 9 THC, so the dose would be approximately one-third of what would normally be taken when using normal THC products. Several states explicitly state that any cannabis with 0.3% THC or less is considered “hemp”, while any cannabis that exceeds this THC limit is considered “marijuana”.
For those seeking the psychoactive effects of Delta 9 THC without worrying about legality, Delta 8 hemp gummies with THC have been a lifesaver. However, there are few studies available on the clinical effects of THC-O delta-9 acetate in humans, so caution is recommended when using this product.