Delta-8 Tetrahydrocannabinol is the latest ‘talk of the town’ among cannabis enthusiasts. If you surf the internet, even randomly, it is very likely that you come across at least one of the many products that contain Delta 8 THC. It may have been the Delta-8 gummies or the tincture, which has seen a startling increase in popularity in recent years. The rising tide of its popularity made its products accessible virtually everywhere; from boutique weed shops to the shelves of convenience stores.
But what’s all the hype about? Is it worth hyping about? Let’s examine.
What is Delta-8 THC?
Delta-8 THC is an organic chemical compound that is produced naturally by the plant Cannabis Indica. We extract it primarily from hemp, though it is found in light concentration in marijuana plants as well. The compound’s staggering rise in popularity is partially caused by its structural and thus practical resemblance to Delta-9 THC which is traditionally more popular.
The Cannabis plant organically produces both Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC. However, Delta-8 is rarely found at concentrations that match Delta-9. Most of the time, it moves around the one percent zone. At the molecular level, these two variants of THC are differentiated only by one chemical bond. This tiny difference makes Delta-8 THC less ‘potent’ than its counterpart.
In short, D8 THC is one of the many cannabinoids and it comes in the same class of products as CBD, CBG, CBN, and Delta-9 THC.
Methods of production
A supercritical method using Carbon dioxide is used to separate Delta-8 from hemp. Since Delta-8 is found in such a low concentration, the process is not always as easy as it might seem. It is often synthesized from CBD as it is an isomer of Delta-8 THC (two compounds are called isomers when they have the same atoms but in a different arrangement). Therefore its effects are very similar to other cannabinoids. It should be noted that producing d8 at home can be both complex and dangerous as it involves some risky processes and elements.
Ever Since D8 THC has risen to fame, the internet is flooded with various Delta-8 infused products. You can also get them from your local retailers. Products that contain Delta-8 THC cannot have been more diverse. Different brands of Delta-8 products are in the market. However, these different brands are trying to capitalize essentially on the same few products. They include gummies, tinctures, vape cartridges, and pre-rolls. Many brands also manufacture drinks and edible goods from Delta-8 THC.
How to use Delta-8 products?
There are two popular ways of consuming cannabinoids. You can get edible products that contain Delta-8 THC, also you can use vape cartridges. With edible products such as candies, one might take a rather long time to notice any significant change. It is usually between thirty minutes to one and a half hours. On the other hand with vaping, the effects are apparent in a relatively short time (usually within half an hour). A less common way of consuming Delta-8 THC is by using drinks infused with the cannabinoid. The effects of drinking are similar to that of edibles. However, not many brands are producing drinks.
Where to buy Delta-8 THC products
In the United States of America, you can find Delta 8 infused products at most convenience stores and dispensaries where it is legal. Almost no state-imposed restrictions related to CBD products. So it is easily available in the shops in most of America. However, you may encounter some poor-quality products in these locations.
Generally speaking, the internet is a safer place to purchase Delta-8-related merchandise. It is partly because most brands link scientific research and laboratory findings to their website. Therefore, the potential purchaser can examine the validity of the product themselves. On the other hand, these websites also house diverse customer reviews so that you can make up your mind to know the blacks and whites of the deal before purchasing.
Many brands are extremely open about their manufacturing process. Every query related to the manufacturing process is answered in seriousness. In these cases, you can be certain about quality. However, you must consult your physician before purchasing Delta-8 products if you are on some kind of medication. Since interaction between cannabinoids and the drug you are using can have adverse effects on your health. Also, you can always stay informed to help yourself.