There is a long list of cannabinoids – Delta 8, 9, 10 THC, THCP, THC-O, HHC, etc. However, there is a lot of misconception about what these cannabinoids actually are. We would like to break down some misbeliefs about these cannabinoids; also, fill you in on what you need to know about Hemp-derived THC.
What is Hemp-derived THC?
In short, Hemp-derived THC are cannabinoids extracted from the Hemp plant vs. the Marijuana plant. The reason why this matters is because Hemp is legal under the Farm Bill while Marijuana is not. Therefore, where your THC comes matters when it’s being shipped across state lines.
One of the first cannabinoids to be extracted from the Hemp plant and gain notoriety was CBD. Although CBD doesn’t have the ability to get you high – it became legal for this reason. In order for CBD to be legal (Hemp compliant) it needs to have less than 0.3% THC.
Here is where the THC content gets very technical – the Cannabis Sativa L plant can’t have no more than 0.3 percent Delta 9 THC on a dry weight basis. This means that in order for a Cannabis plant to be classified as Hemp it can only have very small traces of THC.
So, extracting CBD from Hemp made sense since Hemp tends to produce more CBD than it does THC. However, extracting CBD from the Marijuana plant wouldn’t be Hemp compliant because it tends to naturally produce high amounts of THC.
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Delta 8 THC
Since Hemp has the ability to produce low amounts of THC, it made sense to extract the THC and make a concentrate. The thing about the Farm Bill is that it only limited the amount of Delta 9 THC that can be in a product. It did not mention anything about Delta 8 THC.
The number 8 in Delta 8 refers to where the carbon bond is located in the THC’s molecular structure. This means that Delta 9’s double bond is the 9th carbon while Delta 8 is in the 8th carbon. The same goes for any type of THC with a number included in the name.
The takeaway of Delta 8 is that it has less than 0.3% Delta 9 THC. In other words, the amount of Delta 9 THC that is present in Delta 8 is very low making it Hemp compliant; although Delta 8 is a form of THC – it’s not Delta 9 which is specifically limited in the Farm Bill.
When we refer to cannabinoids we’re referring to different substances that are extracted from the Hemp plant. This can include CBD, THC, and different variations of those cannabinoids. When distinguishing the difference between cannabinoids, you have to look at the different ways they were extracted, along with which part of the plant they came from.
For example – most forms of THC are extracted from the Hemp’s leaves and flowering parts. However, HHC is extracted from the pollen and seeds of the Hemp plant. Also, the potency would give the type of THC a different experience.
We see more potent forms of THC found in THCP and THC-O. On the contrary, less potent forms of THC can also be made through different extraction processes such as THCV. Although they all have the ability to get you high – slight differences can create a different experience.
Debunking Myths About Hemp-Derived THC
With the popularity of Hemp products like Delta 8 continuing to grow, you will hear some misinformation floating around. The most common myth is that Delta 8 THC is illegal to sell. Although there are some truths behind some of these rumors, we would like to add some insights regarding these rumors and myths.
Delta 8 THC is Synthetic
The fact that Delta 8 THC is an isomer of CBD – people often get confused by this. Contrary to whatever myth you may hear about Delta 8 or any other Hemp cannabinoid, Delta 8 THC is not synthetic.
Synthetic cannabinoids such as spice are man-made products that are created in labs. Also, they are meant to replicate the effects of THC, while Delta 8 is actual THC, just another variation of it.
The reason why Delta 8 THC is not synthetic is because THC is naturally occurring. However, synthetic cannabinoids are harmful and dangerous. Using products like spice often results in serious health issues while using THC usually leads to a serious case of the munchies.
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Delta 8 THC is Illegal
One of the biggest rumors going around is that Delta 8 THC is illegal. However, most of the people reporting that it is illegal are basing these presumptions off of opinion instead of actual laws. As of today, only a couple of states have banned Delta 8 THC, but it still remains legal in many states.
The reason for this confusion is because certain states have banned Delta 8 and some states are considering it. Nevertheless, until the Federal government decides to regulate it, Delta 8 is left to local lawmakers to decide its legality.
While Delta 8 might be illegal in some states, the fact is Delta 8 is still legal according to the federal government.
Delta 8 THC is Weak
One of the biggest rumors that we come across is that Delta 8 THC is either weak or doesn’t do anything. Although everyone reacts differently to THC and it’s not uncommon for a person not feel its effects
A person’s tolerance to THC might be very high. If you’re used to taking Marijuana/Delta 9 THC then Delta 8 might not have a huge impact on you. A normal dosage to get a person high is between 2-5 mg while experienced users can take up to 40 – 50mg. You may want to use either a Hemp-derived concentrate such as a dab or a tincture instead. This is because they usually come with higher milligrams of THC. However, just because Delta 8 is not as strong as Delta 9 doesn’t mean that it’s not strong. It just might take a little more Delta 8 in order for your
The real difference between different cannabinoids comes down to the type of experience you’re expected to have. Some of them promote relaxation and are less potent while others are more uplifting and very strong. You’ll read a lot of peoples opinions on what Delta 8 is and how it should be banned; however, it’s up to lawmakers to ultimately decide on what is legal and what is not, and we’re optimistic that all cannabinoids will one day be legal #legalizeit.