What is Delta-8 THC?

Delta-8 THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) naturally occurs in both hemp and marijuana plants and is often referred to using these abbreviations: Delta-8 THC, Δ8, D8, D8 THC, and D8THC.

Cannabis and hemp plants have hundreds of different cannabinoids that have their own unique properties and benefits. A cannabinoid is a chemical compound that occurs in both cannabis and the human body. Our endocannabinoid system’s primary function is to maintain internal balance – it produces endocannabinoids. Hemp and Marijuana plants produce phytocannabinoids which can mimic endocannabinoids.

Delta-8 THC is created through a natural aging process of the plant, and due to the amount of time it takes to create, it is also rumored to have a longer shelf life. What’s interesting about Delta-8 THC is that it is found in trace amounts in each plant, so extractors have to harvest in higher volumes to extract enough Delta-8 THC to create cartridges or edibles. There is no strain currently that has enough Delta-8 THC to be smoked without processing or extracting the cannabinoid.

Producers create Delta-8 THC by converting CBD or Delta-9 THC using a chemical reaction, typically heat, solvents, altered pH environments, or solvents. Delta Xtracts has mastered that process that produces a clean product that keeps you legally lifted.

Is Delta-8 THC Legal?

Short answer, yes. But here is the long answer: Delta-8 THC can be extracted from either Hemp or Cannabis plants, and because hemp is federally legal according to the 2018 farm bill, that makes Hemp-Derived Delta-8 THC extraction a legal process in most states, even ones that don’t have regulated marijuana laws. However, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Kentucky, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont have decided to ban the substance and therefore, extraction and sale of Delta-8 THC are illegal.

What’s the difference between Delta-8 THC and Delta-9 THC?

Scientifically speaking, the difference between Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC is their molecular structure. The noticeable difference is that Delta-8 THC tends to be much less potent than Delta-9 THC, at least when inhaled. People have reported similar effects when ingesting Delta-8 THC edibles and Delta-9 THC edibles, so it’s best to start small and give it time to make sure you’re understanding the effects. Consider Delta-8 THC the more approachable brother. Users of Delta-9 THC products have reported side effects like sleep issues, anxiety, laziness, memory loss, and paranoia. However, Delta-8 THC users have reported much fewer, if any, side effects from various Delta-8 THC products. This makes Delta-8 THC a more functional alternative to Delta-9 THC as well as a great introductory product to someone with a low tolerance.

What’s the difference between Delta-8 THC and CBD?

While Delta-8 THC is rumored to be less potent and intoxicating than Delta-9 THC, Delta-8 is still more similar to Delta-9 than it is to CBD. Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC bind themselves to receptors in your endocannabinoid system, which is what gives them the ability to alter your mental state. CBD is non-intoxicating which makes it stand alone in the current industry.

What type of Delta-8 THC products are available?

There are a few popular products that have Delta-8 THC, and as the industry expands we expect to see product varieties do the same.

Right now, there are Delta-8 THC cartridges and pens, as well as gummies. Currently, Delta Xtracts is operating as a Delta-8 extraction and wholesale company and has recently introduced an e-commerce option. In states where Delta-8 THC is legal, you can order our products online or often find Delta-8 THC products at CBD shops, massage parlors, and other lifestyle-based businesses with a retail front. Some of these businesses might even be white-labeling our products!

How to Properly Dose Delta-8 THC?

Everyone is unique in how their body processes different chemicals, and Delta-8 THC is no different. For moderate to experienced cannabis consumers, Delta-8 THC will feel much weaker than regular THC. However, if you are new to cannabis, you might be more impacted by Delta-8.

Currently, it is common to see Delta-8 producers and extractors dose their gummies at a higher strength than THC gummies. For example, a standard, recreational gummy edible with THC is 10mg, with some making them 5mg for even smaller dosage options. Delta-8 THC gummies are traditionally 25mg, which can potentially indicate that Delta-8 THC is less than half as potent as regular THC. If you are trying out Delta-8 for the first time, but use regular THC, it would be reasonable to compare a 25mg Delta-8 gummy to a 10mg THC gummy.

It is very important to remember that Delta-8 THC is a new industry and research has just begun on its strength, potential effects, and how it interacts with the body. There are multiple factors that impact your reaction like your body’s chemistry, your environment, your dosage, and your tolerance level.

The best approach is to take a small dose at first and then wait to see how the effects impact you before increasing your dose. It’s good to know that how you consume Delta-8 THC will impact how it affects you. For instance, vaping Delta-8 should have you feeling some effects within 15 minutes. However, edibles have a longer onset and tend to take an hour or two – it’s best to wait the full two hours before taking more.

Where can I buy Delta-8 THC products?

Currently, Hemp-Derived Delta-8 THC edibles and cartridges are available to purchase in-store in legal states, as well as online. However, if you live in an illegal state then you are not allowed to order Delta-8 products. Click here to shop our selection of Delta-8 carts and gummies!