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11OH9: The Compound Behind the High

Even the biggest stoners can agree: Edibles. Hit. Hard. 


Throughout the weed community, edibles are notorious for being an extremely potent way to consume cannabis. A dose even slightly over your tolerance level can easily have you questioning every life choice you’ve made up until that moment. However, this isn’t to scare you! But rather to put into perspective just how potent, and polarizing, edibles can be — you either love them or you hate them. 


However, have you ever wondered exactly why edibles hit harder than other products such as flower? Or why it’s especially important to know your dose when it comes to edibles? 


In this blog, we’ll discuss 11OH9, the compound behind the potency. We’ll share what it is, how it affects us, and why it’s significant. Whether you’ve heard of 11OH9 before or not, keep reading for everything you need to know before taking your next edible. 


What is 11OH9?


Unlike smoking, consuming an edible means that the THC, or the primary cannabinoid in marijuana, will pass through and be metabolized by the liver. As our body processes the THC, a new compound is created known as 11-Hydroxy-delta9, or 11OH9 for short. While this new compound can be formed after inhalation via vapor or smoke, 11OH9 levels are significantly higher when eaten. 


With that being said, how do the effects of 11OH9 compare to THC? So glad you asked.


How Does 11OH9 Affect Your Experience?


Given that 11-Hydroxy-delta9 is said to produce a more potent experience than if your body were to process THC from inhalation alone, it should come as no surprise that edibles inevitably produce a more potent high. 


It also should come as no surprise that the effects from edibles are delayed compared to inhalation just given that our bodies need time to metabolize the THC and create the new compound, 11OH9, that provides the edibles high. 


Additionally, 11OH9 is known to produce a ‘psychological high’ compared to the head and body highs that flower, vapes, and concentrates provide. If you’re unfamiliar, a psychological high is a term to describe a high that most notably affects your mental and emotional state. So, it all makes sense — that intense, neverending edibles experience that left you feeling as if you had just taken psychedelics was caused by the psychological high produced by 11-Hydroxy-delta9. 


11OH9 Fest


If you’re familiar with weed holidays then you most likely already have April 20th and maybe even July 10th marked on your calendars. But why isn’t there a weed holiday exclusively dedicated to edibles?


SUPERCHILLAF not only asked that question, but took action in establishing the holiday — and making history along the way. On November 5th, they’re hosting 11OH9 Fest to celebrate the FIRST EVER global edible day. Be a part of history while learning a thing or two about edibles by grabbing your tickets here. In the meantime, be sure to checkout their Instagram!

Why is 11OH9 Significant?


In short, why wouldn’t 11OH9 be significant? 


Like any other scientific explanation, having an understanding of how certain chemical compounds change within your body and, in turn, affect your health and wellbeing is important in determining if something is safe for us to consume. It’s also always essential to understand why things, such as edibles, have certain reactions that may differ compared to other actions, such as smoking flower. 


In the end, what you put in your body matters. Understanding why you feel the way you feel from something matters. Seeking education about what you’re putting into your body can only help you in the long run, and help you to curate a smoking experience ideal and unique to you. 


So next time you place a weed delivery order on hyperwolf.com, read up on everything you need to know about edibles on our Edibles for Newcomers blog and our Guide to Edibles, including your ideal dose, and then take into consideration how 11OH9 is going to affect your experience.