THC-O-acetate (THC-O) has been a game-changing addition to the hemp market, and although it has only been around since 2020, it’s already proven to be a massive hit with those seeking out a more powerful high than delta-8-Tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-8 THC). THC-O is about 3x as intoxicating as delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-9 THC), meaning that it packs a punch, to say the least. It’s also the only cannabinoid that’s made synthetically, consisting of pure tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) derived from hemp, which is combined with acetic anhydride to take on a whole new molecular structure.
Of course, with more and more hemp enthusiasts looking for THC-O products, companies across the country are producing their own formulas to meet growing demands. But, not all THC-O-acetate is high in quality, as some people have learned the hard way. Especially, given the fact that it’s made in a lab, a person has to be careful to avoid THC-O that’s been produced using cheap methods, as well as THC-O that’s simply fake altogether.
One way to know that you’re getting the high quality level that you deserve is to look at the third-party lab report provided by a company, which gives you unbiased information about the THC-O-acetate’s purity levels, potency, and more.
The Importance of Third-Party Testing
At the end of the day, third-party testing is a necessary process, and all hemp companies must do it. It’s required as it’s the only way to prove that a THC-O product is federally compliant, since federal law states that a THC-O product can only be sold if it’s proven to contain no more than 0.3% delta 9 THC (this law applies to all hemp products on the market). The lab-testing process must be carried out by an unbiased third-party facility that is licensed by the state to analyze hemp. Not only is this laboratory looking for proof of federal compliance, but other important aspects including safety, purity and potency.
Basically, if a hemp company is not having their batches tested, this is a massive red flag. It means that they’re choosing not to comply with industry standards, and that they could very well want to hide something from you.
How to Find the Third-Party Lab Report
Not only must a company have their THC-O products lab-tested, but they must also make these lab reports available to the public, which is done through their website. After all, every customer has the right to know all about the quality, safety and legitimacy of a THC-O product they’re buying. Usually, these lab reports are going to be found either in the product pages, or on a separate page where every lab report is listed. Some companies do require that you scan a QR code on the label of the physical product to gain access. If you can’t seem to find the lab report you’re looking for, you can contact the company to ask for it.
Making Sure the Lab Report is Authentic
The first thing you always need to look for in a lab report is proof that the lab report is actually authentic. Because yes, some shady companies out there try to fake lab reports, either because they don’t want to get their products tested, or because the real lab reports show that the product doesn’t meet all of the necessary standards.
Each lab report should show you the name of the laboratory, along with some type of reference number. Look up the name of the laboratory, and if you want to go further, you can contact them to make sure that the reference number is accurate.
What You Should Be Looking for in a Lab Report
A THC-O-acetate lab report usually consists of two separate documents. One is the more detailed document, and the other the more concise one.
Document #1: Long/Extended Lab Report
The more detailed document is going to break down all kinds of aspects of purity and safety, with different sections that are easy to follow. This lengthier document will likely begin with the chemical breakdown of the sample. Here is where you’ll see whether or not you’re looking at 100% pure THC-O-acetate, or if there are other cannabinoids or terpenes in there. Obviously, you want as pure of a THC-O product as possible. THC-O starts with THCA, THC’s precursor found in the raw form of the plant material. If that THCA wasn’t properly purified, you may end up with some other hemp compounds in the sample.
You’ll also see whether or not the THC-O contains any contaminants, toxic materials, solvents, microorganisms or other impurities. All of these things tell you how pure the extract is, as well as how safe it is – after all, you don’t want THC-O that’s contaminated, or high in heavy metals.
Document #2: Shorter/Summarized Lab Report
This one really just focuses on the compound profile, breaking down the cannabinoids and terpenes present in the product. It’s very easy to read, which is good news for consumers. This will show you how much THC-O-acetate is in the product, by the number of milligrams, and if there are any other chemical compounds from the hemp plant in the sample.
Can the Product Type Make a Difference?
It’s important to point out that the lab report’s findings will be different depending on the product type that the THC-O comes in.
- Vapes: Vape oils that are found in vape carts and disposables will contain 100% hemp compounds, since no ingredients are added to them. This means that the number of milligrams of total hemp, according to the lab report, will be very high – 850-950mg, or so, since this is about the number of milligrams that go into a full gram cartridge. There should be about 85-95% pure THC-O, with the remaining amount being the terpenes.
- Edibles: Unlike vapes, edibles contain a pretty diluted form of THC-O, which is because gummies contain a lot of ingredients besides just pure hemp. The lab report should show you the total number of milligrams of THC-O in a serving of the edibles, which should match the milligram strength found in the product description. And, you’ll find that the percentage of THC-O is going to be lower than it is in vapes, since like we said, the THC-O is combined with lots of ingredients.
- Flower: THC-O flower is raw, naturally full spectrum hemp with THC-O-acetate distillate added to it. So, the breakdown of chemical compounds will be a lot more extensive and diverse, since you’re dealing with every compound that’s present in the raw hemp material. Here, you’ll see how much THC-O was actually added to the flower as well.
Always Read the Third-Party Lab Report Before Making a THC-O Purchase
At the end of the day, buying THC-O products without looking at the lab report is a bad idea. First of all, a company that doesn’t even provide lab reports to customers could very well have something to hide. Besides that, only a lab report can prove that the THC-O in a product has the purity, potency and overall quality levels that you’re looking for.
Gas Canna follows a strict lab-testing process for all THC-O products being produced. Plus, lab reports are easy to find on our website. We want consumers to feel as comfortable as possible buying our products, and that simply isn’t possible without offering an unbiased lab sheet that shows that we’re selling only top-quality, authentic, federally compliant, and unrefined THC-O.