What is THCH?
Tetrahydrocannabihexol (THCH) is a less commonly discussed cannabinoid compared to its close relatives like Delta 9 THC and cannabidiol (CBD). Still, minor cannabinoids like THCH are just beginning to gain attention as we expand our knowledge of the cannabis plant. However, what we do know is that THCH is a minor cannabinoid found in the cannabis sativa plant. THCH can be found in trace amounts in some hemp strains.
Can THCH Be Synthesized?
Yes, like many other cannabinoids, THCH can be synthesized in a laboratory setting one of two ways:
- Chemical Synthesis: Allows for the creation of cannabinoids that are rare or not naturally occurring, potentially including THCH. This method requires advanced knowledge of organic chemistry reactions, and the complexity of the synthesis will depend on the molecular structure of the target cannabinoid.
- Semi-Synthesis: This approach combines natural sources and laboratory modification. For example, a more common cannabinoid extracted from the cannabis plant could be chemically modified to create a rarer one (potentially like THCH). This process might be more straightforward than full synthesis, depending on the similarity between the starting molecule and the end goal.
How is THCH Different from THC?
Although THCH and THC are structurally similar, they can have different psychoactive properties, potency, and interactions with the human body.
How Does THCH Interact with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)?
Like other cannabinoids, THCH interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system, but its exact mechanism of action and affinity for these receptors require further study.
Is THCH Psychoactive?
Preliminary research suggests that THCH might possess psychoactive properties, but further studies are needed to determine its exact effects and potency compared to THC. Still, what we do know is, THCH is said to be about 10x more potent than THC. Hence, this cannabinoid is very potent and has a unique entourage effect.
What are the Potential Benefits of THCH?
The full range of potential benefits THCH is not yet well-established. Like other cannabinoids, it may offer therapeutic properties, but more research is needed.
Are There Any Possible Side Effects of THCH?
The side effect profile of THCH is not well-documented, but like other cannabinoids, potential side effects may include dizziness, dry mouth, and changes in mood or cognition.
How is THCH Consumed?
THCH can be consumed similarly to other cannabinoids, including through inhalation (vaping or smoking), edibles, tinctures, dabs, and using flower.
Does THCH Interact with Other Cannabinoids?
THCH can interact with other cannabinoids and compounds in what is known as the "entourage effect”. This means its effects may be influenced by the presence of other cannabinoids, terpenes, and compounds in the cannabis plant.
Is THCH Legal?
The legality of THCH varies by jurisdiction and often depends on how laws treat minor or rare cannabinoids. Here in the U.S., thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, THCH is a legal cannabinoid on a federal level. However, as far as being legal on a per state basis, always check local laws and regulations.
Can You Fail a Drug Test from Using THCH?
Yes, it might be possible, since drug tests typically look for metabolites common to many cannabinoids, including THC. Always exercise caution if subject to drug testing.
Are There Any Known Drug Interactions with THCH?
Since THCH is a relatively newer cannabinoid, there’s limited information available about its potential drug interactions. It is advisable to consult with your doctor if you’ve concerns about drug interactions.
How Much THCH Should I Take?
Pertaining to dosing, it’s best for those new to this cannabinoid who came from taking other cannabinoids to start low and slow, as they build up a tolerance. Generally, you should follow the instructions on the package, which will identify the right amount of THCH to take for the optimal results.
Is THCH an Option for Beginners?
THCH is better suited for more experienced hemp users due to its effects.
Can You Overdose on THCH?
There are zero known cases of fatal overdose from THCH. However, consuming large amounts of THCH or any cannabinoid-based products may lead to discomfort and adverse effects.