Move over, Delta 8

by DGO Staff

THC-H is the new hemp-based synthesized cannabinoid in town (but do you really want to try it?)

How often have you heard that there are some newly discovered cannabinoids created from hemp plants that you just need to know about? Well, if you keep up with any of the recent trends, chances are good that you’re hearing about them often.

And, surprise, surprise. There is yet another new cannabinoid that you are almost certainly going to be hearing about in the near future.

That cannabinoid is called tetrahydro-cannabigerol — better known as THC-H.

Unlike the tried but true cannabinoids like Delta 9 THC and CBD, THC-H is a relatively new discovery. And, it’s even newer to the market, but there is already a significant demand for it. Not only is it being synthesized from hemp extract like Delta 8 is, making it a popular choice for those in states without legal cannabis markets, but it’s also exploded in popularity due to how unique it is — and how freaking potent it is.

In fact, THC-H is the second-most potent cannabinoid in the hemp plant. If you need some perspective, it is 25 times stronger than regular THC.

No, that isn’t a typo. It is 25 times stronger.

Here’s the deal with it. Tetrahydrocannabihexol is a hexyl homolog of Delta-8 THC. This means the molecules between the two cannabinoids are identical — but are uniquely arranged to have distinct properties from one another. This cannabinoid was discovered in 2020 by Italian researchers, the same ones who also discovered THC-P a year prior.

Since its discovery, the cannabinoid has been isolated and analyzed to some extent, but studies to determine its therapeutic uses have been limited.

Anecdotally, however, there are some trends that users have noticed — as there are already products containing THC-H that are readily available on the market.

For example, there are 200-plus reviews of THC-H products on Binoid, a website that sells Delta 8, Delta 9, and THC-H products that are synthesized from hemp, and users say that when they used THC-H, they experienced relief from pain, insomnia and anxiety. And, many users describe the high as being not only an enjoyable experience — but one of a kind.

Considering that THC-H is the second-most psychoactive chemical in hemp, users can probably expect effects that result in a deep euphoria and deep relaxation of the mind and body. Some users report that the body high is very strong and can last longer than what we commonly associate with psychoactive cannabinoids — in some cases it is reportedly twice as long.

Still, it’s important to remember that studies showing the potential benefits from the use of THC-H are extremely limited. All cannabinoids work differently with the various cannabinoid receptors throughout the body, so buyer beware. There are tried and true methods of getting high, and then there’s this. If you live in a legal state, it’s probably smart to stick to the regulated stuff that comes from the cannabis plant — at least for now.

And in Colorado, synthesized cannabinoids from hemp oil, like the uber-popular Delta 8 products that are sold in other states, are illegal. So again, it’s probably smart to avoid THC-H products that come from unregulated sources at the moment.

Whether or not that’s true in the long term, though, remains to be seen. The more THC-H is studied, the more we will likely learn about the specific benefits — and other factors.

If you absolutely must get your hands on some, though — let’s say you live in a state where weed is still illegal (RIP your sanity) — you may want to know these THC-H products are typically available in the common forms that any popular cannabinoid can be found in. You can get vapes, tinctures and gummies.

That said, you should really do your homework first. This is your friendly reminder that THC-H is a purified extract, so the quality can vary significantly from company to company. The company’s reputation can be a big clue as to whether you’re getting a decent product, or one you can trust.

As with anything, you should read company reviews or ask your friends what companies they have used and who they trust. It’s also important to buy from a company that publishes third-party lab reports on their website. This allows you to find unbiased data about the product’s purity, legal compliance, and safety.

It’s also extremely important to look into the company’s hemp sourcing and ingredients. Companies that use locally-sourced organic hemp will generally offer products that are fresher and free from pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. Also check to make sure the ingredient list is free of any fillers, toxins, or additives.

Whether or not you take the risk and try THC-H is your call. Either way, though, this is a pretty darn exciting time in the cannabis world, with new discoveries made on a regular basis. Whatever you do, just be sure to do your research beforehand and make sure you know what you’re getting into. If you can buy weed from a regular dispensary, we highly suggest you take that route.

But if you’re stuck trying out the synthesized products instead, make sure to do your due diligence, whether it’s THC-H, Delta 8, or otherwise.

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