What Is Delta-8 THC Flower?
Although delta-8 THC was only recently discovered, there is a craze-like demand for delta-8 THC flowers. This wildly popular consumption method delivers the psychoactive effects of delta-8 THC almost instantly.
If you know anything about Delta-8, you know that it is made by synthesizing cannabidiol (CBD) molecules to convert them into psychoactive delta-8 THC molecules.
CBD is extracted from hemp, which is federally legal as of December 20, 2018. For these reasons, delta-8 THC and its related products are considered legal at a federal level.
Okay, So What Exactly Is Delta-8 THC Flower?
To make delta-8 THC flower, companies infuse delta-8 THC distillate in raw, high-quality hemp buds/flowers. This makes the hemp flower psychoactive, albeit less potent than delta-9 THC, and it remains legal throughout the US.
Most people living in states where marijuana is still deemed illegal consider delta-8 THC as the legal way to get high. But unlike delta-9, here we are looking at a milder, smoother, and more manageable high without the paranoia or anxiety of marijuana.
Delta-8 THC is an isomer of delta-9 THC. Meaning that they possess a similar molecular formula but with a slight difference in the placement of the double bond. In delta-8 THC, the double bond lies on the 8th carbon atom while it lies on the 9th carbon atom in delta-9 THC.
This subtle difference is responsible for the huge differences in the effects delivered by the two compounds. While delta-9 THC is well known for delivering an intense high accompanied by anxiety and paranoia, delta-8 is more relaxing and will highly likely make you sleepy and hungry.
What Are The Effects Of Delta-8 THC Flower?
The effects of smoking delta-8 THC flower are pretty similar to those of smoking delta-9, only less potent and more relaxing.
Delta-8 is mildly psychoactive with more profound body effects. It tends to relax your muscles, making you feel heavier or lighter depending on how much you consume.
It may also cause some perception changes but not strong enough to cause hallucinations- images and music will appear different than they’d look if you were completely sober.
The reason why delta-8 flower popularity is exploding in the health industry is because it delivers a boatload of additional benefits than taking delta-8 tinctures. Because the delta-8 distillate is infused in hemp flower, you get to experience all the amazing benefits of hemp flower and delta-8 THC.
Hemp flower contains terpenes, flavonoids, essential compounds, and other cannabinoids like CBG, CBC, and CBD. According to its consumers, the delta-8 flower delivers highly soothing, relaxing, and calming effects with a deep sense of peacefulness.
Unlike marijuana which delivers even more stimulating and energizing effects at higher doses, delta-8 THC tends to offer more relaxing effects at higher doses and can even be sedative.
How Is Delta-8 THC Flower Made?
Delta-8 THC occurs naturally in cannabis plants.
However, unlike delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol aka delta-9 THC ( the psychoactive compound that gets you high) or cannabidiol (CBD), which occurs in abundant amounts in cannabis plants, delta-8 THC occurs in very minute amounts. It is a minor cannabinoid, and only less than 0.1% of it exists naturally in cannabis flowers.
You would need to smoke more than just 0.1% to experience any significant effects of delta-8 THC. That’s why companies synthesize hemp-derived CBD in the lab to produce delta-8 THC on a large scale.
Raw hemp flower is non-psychoactive and cannot get you high. Hence, delta-8 THC distillate is added to hemp flower to make it psychoactive.
Additionally, when delta-9 THC is stored for a long time or exposed to light and air for some months, its components can degrade and convert into delta-8 THC. But please note that while you can convert your marijuana flower into delta-8 THC flower using this method, it will still contain a high delta-9 THC content ( more than 0.3% delta-9 THC) which is considered illegal in most States.
Here’s a step by step guide to making delta-8 THC flower
- High levels of CBD are sourced from hemp plants.
- The CBD molecules are then isomerized and converted into delta-8 THC.
- The final product, delta-8 THC distillate, is then heated into a liquid that’s sprayed over properly dried, top-shelf hemp flower.
- Some companies will add delta-8 THC powder to the flower so that it sticks to the distillate and the flower’s natural resin.
Is Delta-8 THC Legal?
When made from hemp-derived CBD, delta- 8 flowers is considered federally legal in most US states as it contains less than 0.3% delta-9 THC. But several states have created their own THC laws and regulations, and some have banned all forms of THC, including delta-8 THC flower.
In addition, marijuana plants (cannabis Sativa plants that produce more than 0.3% delta-9 THC) are considered a schedule 1 substance and are federally illegal. Therefore, any delta-8 THC made from marijuana is illegal at a federal level.
But some places like Canada and several states like Washington, California, and Oregon have legalized recreational use of marijuana, making marijuana-based delta-8 THC legal.
The federal government also prohibits any man-made or synthetically derived forms of THC like diarylpyrazoles and phenylacetylindoles. This exempts delta-8 THC as it is a naturally derived form of THC.
What’s The Difference Between Naturally-Derived and Synthetically-Derived THC?
Naturally-derived compounds exist in nature. For instance, delta-8 THC is synthesized from CBD, which occurs naturally in hemp plants. Therefore, it is considered a naturally-derived cannabinoid.
Comparably, compounds like diarylpyrazoles and phenylacetylindoles do not occur naturally. Instead, they are synthetic molecules created in the lab to mimic the effects of cannabis.
So far, only the state of Vermont has confirmed that they consider delta-8 THC a synthetically derived form of THC.
Which States Have Banned Delta-8 THC?
While no state has banned delta-8 THC on its own, some have banned all forms of THC, including the well-known delta-9 THC.
Delta-8 THC and its related products are prohibited in the following states:
- Rhode Island
Will Delta-8 THC Get Me High?
Yes. Delta-8 THC will get you high. Although only halfway as potent as delta-9 THC. However, when consumed in large doses, delta-8 THC will deliver a similar high as delta-9 THC.
The high of delta-8 is smoother and more relaxing, unlike delta-9s, which is more stimulating. At low doses, delta-9 THC is sedating. However, increased doses deliver highly stimulating and mind-altering effects.
Comparably, the higher the delta-8 dose, the more relaxing its effects. It delivers both mind and body effects that make you super chill while relaxing your muscles.
It has also been shown to dull or mute pain, making it the best choice for people looking for muscle pain relief. Delta-8 flower is also considered highly beneficial for those battling anxiety and insomnia.
Will Delta-8 THC Make Me Fail A Drug Test?
Simple answer? Yes. Delta-8 THC will make you fail a drug test. That’s because most drug tests screen for the presence of THC. Drug tests are not sophisticated enough to distinguish the different forms of THC.
So, if you consumed delta-8 THC flower, you are highly likely to test positive for THC and fail the test. The best thing to do is abstain from THC for at least a month before the drug test to eliminate all THC from your system.
Quality Control: Is All Delta-8 THC Equal?
Not all delta-8 THC is created equal. Delta-8 THC is obtained by a chemical process that synthesis hemp-derived CBD molecules to convert them into delta-8. When done accurately, the end product is a pure and safe delta-8 THC cannabinoid. However, when done incorrectly, the end product may contain by-products and contaminants, some of which may be toxic.
Poor quality delta-8 THC distillate may also contain high levels of delta-9 THC and only negligible amounts of delta-8 THC. The only way to be certain that you are purchasing high-quality, safe, and effective delta-8 flowers is by buying from a reputable and trustworthy brand.
You must also check the products certificate of analysis (COA). COA is a certificate issued by an independent third-party lab that has tested the product’s purity, potency, safety, and presence of any contaminants like heavy metals, solvents, and pesticides.
A trustworthy company will willingly give you the product’s COA. This way, you can confirm that the product’s cannabinoid content, potency, and purity are as advertised on its labeling.
The Best Way To Use Delta-8 THC Flower
Delta-8 THC flower is as versatile as Delta-9 flower. Meaning that you can consume it in numerous ways, including:
This is perhaps the most popular and simplest way to consume delta-8 flowers. All you need to do is roll some well-grounded buds in a joint or blunt and get smoking. Alternatively, you can buy delta-8 pre-rolls, which are ideal for people who haven’t mastered their rolling skills yet.
The process delivers a fast onset of effects as the THC is absorbed directly from the lungs into the bloodstream and brain. However, smoking cannabinoids has been associated with health risks due to the production of by-products like carbon monoxide and radioactive isotopes.
Delta-8 vapes are taking the lead as the best consumption method for most smokers. That’s because vaping is quite similar to smoking in terms of the effects delivered and a fast onset of effects, but without the health risks associated with smoking.
Vaping delta-8 flower involves using a dry herb vaporizer that heats the flower into a vapor that you inhale into your lungs via the mouthpiece. You can also buy a delta-8 disposable vape pen that comes with a pre-filled amount of delta-8 THC, allowing you to enjoy the amazing benefits of delta-8 while on the go.
You can also use Delta-8 THC to bake or make edibles such as delta-8 gummies. All you need to do is simmer the decarboxylated flower in butter to make cannabutter and use it in your baked goodies or candies like gummies.
The Bottom Line
Delta-8 THC is considered federally legal since it is made from hemp-derived CBD. However, some states like Vermont have prohibited the consumption of Delta-8 THC. The cannabinoid delivers similar effects to other forms of THC. Meaning that delta-8 flower will get you high, but only half as potent as delta-9 THC does.
Novices are advised to start with minimal amounts and gradually work their way up until they find an amount that delivers their desired effects.