THC-O in 2023 – What To Know As a Smoke Shop Owner

THC-O In The News in 2023

In late January and into early February, news surrounding THC-O has been more abundant. First, we witnessed a study identifying a critical conversion of THC-O when vaporized, dabbed, and while not mentioned, it is pretty easy to assess that this would not be limited to vapes or dabs, and would extend into Flower as well. 

The second bit of news was the DEA reaffirming the illegality of THC-O. 

Instead of just writing about the study and the ban, and producing any type of perspective on the information, here are the core pieces themselves. You are free to formulate your own opinion on these matters, but the fact remains, that this cannabinoid is not here to stay.

THC-O Converts to Vitamin E Acetate Official Study Reference

This study is referenced in the primary study and is seen as the key piece of cited material that supports the evidence behind the THC-O conversions. 

This information plays a vital role in identifying the dangers of vaporizing THC-O. 

It stands to note that while THC-O does not produce the same volume of toxic ketenes as CBD-O and CBN-O, the threat is still present and it is Utoya’s professional opinion that consumers and producers should place all other acetate cannabinoids in this category, such as HHC-O, and consider these as potentially more dangerous than THC-O.

To help further identify the effects of vaping a vitamin e  you can review the study from

THC-O Ban: The Letter From The DEA

When you read this letter, it is pretty clear that this isn’t a new ban, this is reinforcement on the pre-existing ban on THC-O by means of chemical structure, definitions of the hemp bill, and the core fact that THC-O is not found naturally occurring in the plant.  There were rumors of the cannabinoid being found, but the rumor was just that, a rumor.


We are not one to mince words, and we will plainly say that THC-O, while it was listed as a semi-synthetic cannabinoid, it is only a cushion word for synthetic, and still meant the same thing. Something that you cannot naturally obtain from the plant. “Semi” was placed in front of the word, as the conversion came from Delta 8 THC, a naturally ocurring cannabinoid, and was used to reaffirm the natural origins. The truth of the matter is that what happens after Delta 8, is hardly natural at all. 

What to Know About THC-O Moving Forward Into 2023

Utoya, as a known provider of THC-O, will be discontinuing all THC-O products and continue to provide cannabinoid products with various blends.  

Be cautious of THC-O products on the shelf, and while THC-O is not currently seen as dangerous in edibles, they are not legal, and we will not be providing them any longer ourselves. There will likely be remnants on smoke shop shelves throughout the country as the news sets in for the rest of the industry.

THC-O Alternatives: What To Try For A Good High!

For those curious, the THCJD blend, Romeo, is the best alternative to the cannabinoid, and offers a nice euphoric buzz.

Be aware that THCJD is vastly fake on the market, and 9 times out of 10, that THCJD is nothing more than a blend of THC-B, THC-O, and HHC, which you don’t want. What that says though, is that THCJD and THC-O share some similar euphoric effects, and that is why THCJD will be (currently) the best replacement. 

If you felt like THC-O was the closest to “The Real Thing”, we actually have the real thing. Delta 9 THC is “the real thing” that everyone wants. We have it, it’s potent, and it’s effective. Check out our Delta 9 line. Chocolates are super effective!

Don’t want edibles? How about a dab or a flower topper? THC-A Diamonds by decarboxylation will convert to Delta 9 THC (the real thing), and with concentrates like ours, you’ll get the best conversion rate! 

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