With the introduction of cannabinoids newly released to the public, many of them appear very similar both in terms of their effects and their names. In fact, the two cannabinoids THC-O and THCA have such similar names that they could be mistaken for one another.  Another name for THC-O is ATHC, making it easy to confuse it with THCA. Luckily, in terms of understanding the differences between the effects of THC-O vs THCA, it is easy to see where the two differ from each other.  

Now, let’s take a look at the differences between them so you can see if you would prefer one over the other.

THC-O vs THCA: Definitions

THC-O has a few different names, like THC-O-Acetate, THC Acetate, and ATHC. It is one of the newly introduced cannabinoids that offers plenty of different effects. It is an acetylated version of Delta 8 THC, which means that it has a similar chemical structure to it. However, the minor changes in its chemical structure from THC are what result in the differences from the original THC. Cultivators create THC-O from hemp. 

THCA, on the other hand, is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that occurs naturally in cannabis. The full name for THCA is Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid. 

THC-O vs THCA: Effects

The THC-O cannabinoid has quickly become known for its powerful effects. Researchers have shown that it is about 300 percent stronger than regular THC. This makes it a great choice for anyone looking to enjoy a strong and legal high. Past users have also reported that the cannabinoid causes a feeling of introspection and feels very psychedelic.

THCA, on the other hand, is a very powerful neuroprotectant, meaning that it works to help with a number of different neurological  ailments that negatively affect cognitive abilities. Past users have also reported it stimulating appetite. Researchers have also shown it helping to slow proliferation of cancerous cells and treating symptoms connected to a number of ailments.

Understanding the Difference

Where THC-O can offer psychoactive and  psychedelic effects, THCA offers mental benefits to the user. Additionally, where THC-O is made from hemp, THCA occurs naturally in cannabis. Depending on what you are hoping to get out of your experience will change which one you should go after. Thanks to their benefits, each would give you a very beneficial experience.

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