THC-O Acetate Q&A with Dr. Ethan Russo: ‘Don’t Go There'

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<![CDATA[Over the past several months, onlookers have watched heavily hyped, high-inducing cannabinoids divide the hemp industry. As a growing number of states step in to regulate these controversial substances, such as delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), multiple cannabinoids join the fray. A semi-synthetic cannabinoid known as THC-O acetate is one substance gaining attention.To learn more about THC-O acetate, Cannabis Business Times, Cannabis Dispensary and Hemp Grower spoke with board-certified neurologist Ethan Russo, M.D., who’s devoted the last 25 years to studying the medicinal aspects of cannabis and the endocannabinoid system. That includes more than a decade as senior medical adviser to GW Pharmaceuticals, the company behind Epidiolex, the only cannabidiol (CBD)-containing drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dr. Russo is now CEO and founder of CReDO Science, a company devoted to making cannabis safer and better.Photo courtesy of Ethan RussoDr. Ethan Russo, M.D.Jolene Hansen (JH): The hemp industry is seeing a proliferation of controversial cannabinoids, including THC-O acetate. Does this surprise you or did you see this coming?Dr. Ethan Russo (ER): More the latter. All this nonsense about these synthetics, I see as a byproduct of prohibition. If there were legalization of cannabis products with appropriate regulation, I don’t think any of this would be happening. The continuation of prohibition has basically been a catalyst to this kind of development of products that people would like to think are legal but clearly are not. Certainly THC-O acetate falls in that category.JH: So, what is THC-O acetate and how is it derived?ER: It starts with tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC. That’s the natural product that is the main psychoactive component of cannabis. THC-O acetate is what’s called a semi-synthetic derivative, or analogue. Through a chemical process using a very toxic chemical called acetic anhydride, you can turn some of the…

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