Delta-8 is a THC Cannabinoid found in the cannabis flower in small amounts compared to its cousin, Delta-9 THC. It is also psychotrophic minus the paranoia that may be associated from consumption. Delta-8 THC is an isomer of hemp with "antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties." (The National Cancer Institute, 2021)
Delta-8 THC has a slight difference in atomic bonds compared to Delta-9 THC, which is why it has a different effect on it's own.
Since Delta-8 THC is a Cannabinoid, it is Legal under the 2018 Farm Bill, provided that it has less than .3% Delta-9 THC content. According to Leafly.com, "The federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has, in a proposed rule, indirectly classified delta-8 THC as a Schedule I controlled substance, which would make it federally illegal. That rule is not yet final. Delta-8 THC is commonly sourced from hemp, not cannabis, which is why it’s currently sold in many states where cannabis is illegal. To be more specific, nearly all delta-8 THC currently on the market is derived from CBD extracted from federally legal hemp. This can be a little confusing because hemp is, technically, a cannabis plant that contains less than 0.3% THC. When we talk about “cannabis,” though, we’re commonly referring to cannabis plants with THC content of 0.3% or higher." (2021)
Delta-8 THC is a cannabis product that has become a bestseller over the past few months, as many consumers find they can legally purchase it from CBD retailers. Its proponents say that Delta-8 THC will give you a nice little buzz, minus some of the more intense feelings (including paranoia) that are sometimes associated with marijuana.
Delta-8 THC is being marketed as a legal option for consumers who either don't live in a state with legal cannabis, or are a little apprehensive about how traditional psychoactive THC products will affect them.
Delta-8 THC can be sold & shipped throughout the U.S. but there are still a few states that choose to prohibit shipping including:
- Rhode Island
How It's Made
Leafly.com also describes the process of extracting Delta-8 THC as the following:
"Delta-8 is found in trace amounts in cannabis and hemp plants, and as hemp is legal to grow anywhere in the US and more readily available, the cannabinoid is often sourced from that. Commonly, CBD is extracted from hemp and refined into an isolate, and then CBD isolate is synthesized into delta-8. As such, delta-8 requires more processing and is more expensive to make than CBD, but this increased production cost is balanced out by the high demand for it." (2021)
It is very important to understand and trust where you receive your Delta-8 & hemp products & to make sure you are obtaining information from the producers' website that describes the lab reports and results from its batches & looking for QR codes that ensure the products have been tested and are prepared for purchase. ALL products on our website have been evaluated for these and we ONLY trust the best brands we can find for the safety of our customers!
THE EFFECTS OF DELTA-8 THC
Because Delta-8 is still THC, there have been reports of similar effects to that of Delta-9 THC. This includes a mild buzz associated with euphoria, an uplifted feeling of happiness, aids with insomnia & may help with troubled areas of pain. While there may be positive impacts with this product there may also be a few side effects including: dry feeling in the mouth, red eyes, slight impact on short-term memory, mild anxiety, and increase in appetite.
Delta-8 THC Dosage:
More research is being done by producers in terms of dosage but as of right now, Delta-8 THC is determined to be about half as effective of Delta-9 THC in terms of edible dosages. Delta-9 THC gummies often come in 10mg gummies where people may take half a gummy or a full gummy for a dose, either 5mg or a full 10mg. Whereas Delta-8 gummies often come in 25mg gummies, with one half of one would be 12.5mg, and a full gummy is 25mg.
If you’re vaping delta-8, you should feel the effects within ten minutes or less after 1-3 puffs; if taking edibles, wait at least an hour or two before taking more than one dosage.
Let's start with some of the positives:
- Delta-8 THC does have psychoactive effects, but it's a milder effect than with traditional Delta-9 THC.
- Delta-8 THC is currently legal and widely accessible in multiple states.
- There are a wide number of products that use Delta-8 THC.
Now, a few of the downsides.
- Delta-8 THC isn't quite as commonplace as other cannabis products, including CBD, and some of the options on the market are expensive.
- While this substance is technically legal, there are plenty of uncertainties over its legal future. It's something you want to keep in mind.
- As a relatively new product, Delta-8 THC products are not regulated by the FDA and there is not independent testing in place to verify that it is safe or pure.
- Ecowatch.com (A Complete Overview of Delta-8 THC, 2021)