The hottest new topic in Cannabis? Delta-8 THC. Why? Well, in today’s article we’ll be exploring the ins & outs of this trending cannabinoid.
Delta-8 THC is a recently found Cannabinoid. Similar in structure & effect of classic Delta-9 THC, although it is less potent. Currently, it’s federally legal although states are starting to ban it. While Delta-8 isn’t inherently bad, it may invite bad players into the industry as it’s nearly a loophole that can also involve synthesizing CBD into Delta-8.
What is Delta-8 THC?
You’re probably familiar with both CBD & good ol’ fashioned THC. This is because these two Cannabinoids are the most abundant of them all. Scientists initially dedicated much of their research to THC. As years have gone on, they’ve discovered more Cannabinoids such as CBD & now, Delta-8 THC!
Delta-8 is simply a newly found & rapidly popularized Cannabinoid. It is very similar in chemical structure to Delta-9 THC! The biggest difference? Delta-8 is currently federally legal, while Delta-9 THC isn’t. That’s because of how new it is.
But, Delta-8 is certainly considered to be ‘intoxicating.’ Unlike CBD. This cannabinoid presents many of the same feelings/effects as classic THC.
Delta-8 THC vs. Delta-9 THC
As stated, when looking at their chemical structure, Delta 8 & 9 THC are extremely similar. Which is why effects are, too!
When it comes to how its effects compare to Delta-9, they’re also similar. But, Delta-8 is simply less potent. Euphoria, the giggles, & a case of the munchies are definitely on the horizon after consuming it. So, consumers have been turning to it as a legal, easy loophole to in short — get stoned.
Again, effects are usually less potent. But, not incredibly far off. Nothing that a few extra puffs couldn’t make up for. But, there’s more to the story than how you’ll feel.
How Delta-8 THC is Made?
There are two ways in which producers are “making” Delta-8. One way is by extracting the Delta-8 from Cannabis plants that have been selectively bred to contain higher levels of Delta-8.
The second way is by a process of synthesis. A word we really don’t like. But, you can ‘make’ Delta-8 THC by using CBD as a base cannabinoid & altering/synthesizing it. Transforming what was CBD into Delta-8.
This is where it begins to get a bit dicey.
Being in the Cannabis industry, we are all about staying natural. Letting mother nature do its work & simply enjoying the fruits of her labor.
Cannabis stands for this. So, when we hear the word synthesis next to our beloved Cannabis plant it sounds off an alarm.
Typically, the most surefire way to create high-quality Cannabis products is by not messing with them too much. This is why we recommend full-spectrum products, as they contain most if not all of the compounds, cannabinoids, & nutrients from the Hemp plant.
When you begin to alter the natural makeup of Cannabis extract you can quickly lose efficacy & end up with something that’s essentially ‘broken.’ So, we don’t love hearing about the synthesis of CBD into Delta-8.
Who’s Making It?
With any sort of ‘loophole’ such as Delta-8, you draw in bad players. People who are just looking to make a quick buck, with the next hottest thing that will be here today & gone tomorrow.
So, just take a second to think about it. The producers of many Delta-8 products aren’t making sure they’ve got the healthiest, highest-quality products they can. Even when they tell you they do.
The other big question is if they are using CBD to create it, where is said CBD coming from? Do you believe that most of these brands are seeking out high-quality, pesticide & heavy metal-free CBD? Or are they buying the cheapest, leftover CBD extract or Hemp from companies that have an overabundance of products?
We personally know that there’s no guarantee without any lab test to prove it. Which many Delta-8 products lack!
New York’s Ban on Delta-8
Our home state of New York recently banned sales of Delta-8 THC. It was only a matter of time before this happened. Brands such as ourselves saw this coming & stayed away from what seemingly was a fly-by-night fad.
Smoke shops & gas stations alike will soon have to stop carrying these products (legally, that is). Although, at the time of this article I could go down to my local smoke shop & pick up some Delta-8 gummies or a vape pen.
Where, how, or when it was made? The world may never know. We fear that consumers are ignoring all of the typical red flags that the Cannabis industry sets forth. Transparency is a key element to trusting a companies products to be consumed by you, on a frequent basis.
So, we are in agreement with this ban. As it will also filter out some of the bad players in the industry. This kind of loophole creates an easy opportunity for people to have negative experiences with Cannabis. Which is exactly the opposite of what it stands for.
We believe that people should have a right to access Cannabis. But, we also acknowledge the responsibility & care that producers must have in order to make quality, healthy products.
When looking at Delta-8 from this perspective, we advise you to take caution with who you trust. As with CBD, it isn’t hard to end up with a product that may work but can also come with hidden consequences.
Growing, processing, & extracting Cannabis is a careful process. If done wrong, you can end up with harmful contaminants being present in either the plant and/or extract.
Delta-8 may very well be useful among the various other cannabinoids. But, we must ensure that people are getting healthy Cannabis products from sources that truly care about their well-being.