If you’re looking for a potent intoxicating high that doesn’t involve tasting anything, THC-O capsules could prove ideal. THC-O is a synthetic cannabinoid created by extracting CBD from industrial hemp. Then, manufacturers create delta-8 from the cannabidiol. Finally, they add acetic anhydride to the D8 to create THC-O, a compound that offers triple the potency of delta-9 THC.
THC-O capsules are a highly convenient way to consume the cannabinoid on the move. Therefore, you’ll naturally consider bringing them with you when you travel. However, is this a wise move? This article explores the rules surrounding THC-O to determine whether you can bring it across state lines on the road and in the air.
Road Tripping with THC-O Capsules
Hopefully, you’re responsible enough to know that driving after using THC-O is a bad idea. It promotes a high level of intoxication, and it is extremely dangerous to operate heavy machinery after using the cannabinoid.
As far as bringing THC-O capsules across state lines is concerned, it is less fraught with danger than traveling with marijuana. Weed remains a federally prohibited substance. However, a federal court ruling in 2022 legalized delta-8 products as long as they meet the rules of the 2018 Farm Bill. The ruling also ensured that other ‘minor’ cannabinoids, including THC-O and HHC, are also federally legal.
Therefore, you can technically bring THC-O capsules with you across state lines. Yet, a growing number of states have decided to outlaw the substance. One of the main concerns is the unregulated nature of the industry. Virtually any company can create THC-O, and with little oversight, there’s no telling what is inside the products on the marketplace.
States that have potentially outlawed the sale and use of THC-O include:
We say ‘potentially’ because it is not a cut-and-dried ban in many places. Indeed, there are apparently bans in states that permit recreational marijuana, a highly confusing situation!
In any case, if you’re considering traveling to a state where THC-O capsules are likely illegal, it is best to keep them at home. This is also the case if you’re driving through any state that has prohibited the compound. Yes, it may seem unlikely that a police officer will pull you over, but do you want to risk possible prison time to find out?
Can I Bring THC-O Capsules on a Plane?
The same issues surrounding geography are relevant when flying with THC-O capsules. Technically speaking, you should be okay if you travel between states that permit the cannabinoid.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) does not explicitly search your luggage for drugs. After all, the TSA is more concerned about threats to aviation safety and is focused on finding things that could threaten flights. Even the TSA’s canines aren’t trained to look for drugs. Instead, they’reallaboutun covering explosive materials.
Yet, if TSA staff come across a container with THC-O capsules while searching your bags, you can expect to be taken away for questioning. Although THC-O is not in the same category as marijuana (a federally illegal substance), you’ll still have to explain what these capsules contain.
Certainly, you should never use THC-O capsules before or during your flight, even if you make it through security unscathed. It may take up to two hours for the capsules to have an effect. Since a single THC-O capsule could contain up to 25mg, there’s a possibility that you’ll become highly and noticeably intoxicated. If you’re extremely high on a flight, you could get into big trouble!
Final Thoughts on Travelling with THC-O Capsules
Certainly, it is tempting to bring THC-O capsules with you if you travel across the United States. They provide a pre-measured dose of the cannabinoid and offer a convenient method of getting high. Unlike delta-9 THC, it is technically a federally legal substance.
Yet it is best if you leave your THC-O capsules at home if you’re traveling from one state to another. If you’re going to a place where the cannabinoid is legal, look for stores carrying products from reputable brands. If not, you’ll have to go without it. Yes, you will miss the great experience provided by THC-O, but it isn’t worth getting into potentially serious trouble.