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Types of THC

Did you know that you can get THC from a CBD vape pen? Some CBD Vape pens contain trace amounts of THC. These amounts aren’t enough to produce the intoxicating effects that people report from using THC. Full-spectrum CBD vape pens and other full-spectrum CBD products can contain minuscule amounts of THC as long as the THC percentage doesn’t exceed 0.2% and the closed container doesn't contain more than 1mg of the controlled substance.

Not all THC is the same. Different types of THC produce different effects. Some THC is synthetically derived, while others form naturally. The legalities of cannabis in many places have led people to look for options that don’t leave them out. As cannabis legalisation has become more widespread, our knowledge of the plant has too.

Cannabis used to mean a leafy green substance that was dried, crumbled up, and smoked in a joint or bowl. If it got you high, it was good. Cannabis and THC have changed over the years. These days, cannabis or THC could refer to one of several varieties of it, not just the leafy green stuff and not just THC. Let's explore the world of THC and learn a bit about the different variances of THC available to consumers.

Different Types of THC and Some of Their Reported Benefits

Always be aware of the legality of THC juice where you live. In many places, THC is still illegal. THC isn’t what it used to be. These days THC can be derived from other cannabinoids like CBD which is legal in many places. It’s a good idea to know the difference between the various types of THC.

THCa

THCa is short for Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid and it is where THC comes from. When we add heat to it via vaping or smoking the acid is removed from THCa leaving behind THC. THCa has its own set of benefits though.

THC

THC is referred to by the scientific community as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. That's a mouthful to say so we just call it THC. THC is considered psychoactive meaning it will produce a buzz or high. An article published in the journal of International Review of Psychiatry states, "Delta (9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), identified as the primary active component of cannabis acts at the cannabinoid CB1 receptor to produce a wide range of biological and behavioural responses."

THCV

THCV- Tetrahydrocannabivarin is a psychoactive cannabinoid that produces a high that is much different from THC. Cresco Labs says, "Tetrahydrocannabivarin, or THCV, is a psychoactive cannabinoid found most prevalently in Sativa strains of cannabis. It is known to produce a more motivated, alert, and energizing feeling of euphoria. For this reason, it is often recommended for daytime or any time when functionality is important."

“THCV produces a faster-acting, more-focused and stimulating sense of euphoria that lasts for a shorter period when compared to THC. The high associated with its psychoactivity is commonly described similarly to sativa varieties, as focused, energetic, and motivating.” - Men's Health

Delta-8 THC

Delta-8 THC is a naturally occurring cannabinoid found in cannabis. However, cannabis plants produce very little of it naturally. The Delta- 8 THC you see sold everywhere comes from CBD. It is created through a chemical process that uses glacial acetic acid. By introducing this chemical to CBD for a certain amount of time, delta-8 THC is created. If you're worried about delta-8 showing up on a drug test, it's a good idea to avoid it. Good RX says, "Because delta-8 THC is similar to delta-9 THC, it can make you feel high and is likely to show up on a drug test."

THC-O

THC-O is a hemp-derived cannabinoid known to produce euphoric and psychoactive effects. Rumour has it that THC-O is three times stronger than traditional THC.

THC-P

THC-P is a minor cannabinoid found in minuscule amounts in both hemp and cannabis. THC-P is rumored to be as much as 30 times stronger than regular THC. This means you want to be vigilant about products advertising this type of THC. They can be very strong.

These different types of THC can be found in a wide range of products like gummies, capsules, vape juice, oral oil, and more. Remember that some of these different types of THC can be as much as 3 to 30 times stronger than regular THC so always consume responsibly. 

Important for UK Readers

THC in all of its forms is considered a controlled substance. Therefore the only THC you can legally obtain is either those in closed containers and are upto 1mg or via a medical prescription. We only stock UK legal products so none of the products we sell will get you high.
Chief Editor Casey A

This article is authored by Dr Casey Abrahamsmen. Dr Abrahamsmen is a board certified physician with over 13 years of experience in internal medicine and pain management. He practises Palliative care at a hospital in Venezuela and is a strong advocate for CBD and believes CBD has a major role to play towards healthy non addictive pain management habits. You can read more about Dr Abrahamsmen here.

This article was peer-reviewed by Dr M Mansoor Siddique (PhD). Dr Siddique has over eight years of experience working with CBD and CBD products.

Disclaimer: All of our products are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. It is recommended to check with doctor before starting a new dietary supplement program. All CBD products sold have less than 0.2% THC content and abide by both EU an UK law.

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