Due to delta-8's relationship with delta-9, it has landed on a few official watchlists. Many new consumers are fearful that buying delta-8 could go against local laws. There are also rumors swirling around about delta-8's “severe” side effects.
While some unscrupulous shops now sell inferior delta-8 products, that doesn't mean this cannabinoid is inherently dangerous. Also, just because delta-8 is related to delta-9 THC doesn't mean it's outlawed throughout the USA.
Delta-8 FAQs — Things To Know Before Trying Our Delta-8 Collection
Customers interested in trying delta-8 THC must work with a reputable and transparent hemp company like Organic CBD Nugs. Buying delta-8 products without thorough research and screenings often leads to an inferior experience.
What Makes Delta-8 THC Products So Special?
When you look at a molecular chart of delta-8 versus delta-9 THC, it may not seem all that remarkable. Heck, if you aren't super familiar with chemistry, these cannabinoids may look identical.
Delta-8 and delta-9 THC each have a double-bond on one carbon chain, but they don't have this bond in the same place. Unsurprisingly, delta-9's double-bond is on the ninth chain, while delta-8's is on the eighth.
Yes, the differences between delta-8 and delta-9 are slight. So, why is everyone on “hemp Twitter” so fascinated with delta-8 products?
For starters, delta-8 products are easier to buy in North America versus delta-9. When delta-8 comes from hemp plants, it meets the 2018 US Farm Bill's standards for legal cannabinoids. While there are a few local bans on delta-8, it's easier for most Americans to try it versus delta-9.
But delta-8 isn't just a sneaky way to “get high.” Recent reports suggest delta-8 may have a few unique features that customers could take advantage of.
Even though delta-8 and delta-9 have a similar structure, altering the double-bond's placement seems to affect delta-8's potency. According to multiple reports, delta-8's effects don't hit as hard as delta-9 products.
This may make delta-8 more suitable for people who want to experience THC's benefits without worrying about side effects. Patients who are more susceptible to paranoia or anxiety may find delta-8 is easier to take than delta-9 products.
Where Does Delta-8 Come From? — Basic Facts Of Delta-8 Extraction
Customers must understand that delta-8 THC is a naturally-occurring cannabinoid. Unlike controversial products like K2/Spice, you can find delta-8 molecules in hemp strains. The catch is that most cannabis strains only have about 1 percent total delta-8 concentration.
Although lab technicians could use raw hemp to extract delta-8, it would take tons of buds to get a tiny vial of delta-8 tincture. The time and energy required to make an “authentic” bottle of delta-8 wouldn't warrant the cost.
At some point, cultivators may breed hemp strains that naturally contain high traces of delta-8 THC. Until that day arrives, manufacturers have to rely on “cannabinoid manipulation” to make affordable delta-8 products.
In most cases, companies extract CBD from hemp flowers and use “isomerization” to transform CBD into delta-8. Even though these delta-8 cannabinoids started as CBD, they have all the traits of natural hemp-extracted delta-8.
How is this possible?
Well, CBD and THC share a common ancestor: CBG. To be more specific, CBG-A transforms into CBD-A and THC-A as a hemp plant matures.
Since both cannabinoids trace their origins back to CBG-A, they have remarkably similar chemical structures. This makes it easy for technicians to transform CBD into delta-8 molecules.
Could I Get In Trouble For Buying Delta-8 Products?
Most Americans don't have to worry about buying high-quality hemp-derived delta-8 products. However, as is the case with anything related to cannabis, there are complicating factors affecting the delta-8 THC market.
Since delta-8 is related to the federally-illegal delta-9 THC, it's an easy target for lawmakers who aren't keen on the cannabis movement. It also doesn't help that delta-8 is the most popular THC-related hemp cannabinoid. The combination of social media hype and the “THC” label makes it simpler for legislators to introduce bills banning delta-8.
Dozens of states have already passed special laws related to the sale and use of delta-8 THC. At the federal level, the DEA released an “Interim Final Rule” to restrict access to delta-8 THC. According to this policy, any synthetic derivatives of tetrahydrocannabinol fit marijuana's “Schedule I” status.
While all of this sounds pretty bad for delta-8, there are many legal statutes in this cannabinoid's favor. For instance, the 2018 US Farm Bill recognizes all hemp-derived products except delta-9 THC. So, as long as delta-8 comes from a true hemp source, it should be OK under federal law.
OK, but what about delta-8's status as a “synthetic” form of THC? Surely this invalidates it under the DEA's proposals, right?
Interestingly, it's difficult to say whether delta-8 is a synthetic cannabinoid. Although most manufacturers manipulate CBD to create delta-8 molecules, you can find delta-8 THC in most hemp strains.
Manufacturers only use CBD rather than delta-8 because most hemp strains only have < 1 percent delta-8 concentration. If extractors relied on natural delta-8 THC, their products would be far more expensive. Even though delta-8 is rare, it's not a strictly "lab-made" cannabinoid. Scientists are merely manipulating the structure of one natural hemp cannabinoid into another. All that being said, customers need to double-check their state doesn't have any stipulations surrounding delta-8 THC. Generally, if your state is more open to recreational marijuana, it will be easier to purchase legal delta-8 products. Customers in states with restrictive cannabis policies must wait for further clarification before ordering from our delta-8 THC collection.
How Do People Usually Take Delta-8?
Thanks to delta-8's immense success, it's getting easier to find this cannabinoid in dozens of products. Just like CBD, customers have plenty of delta-8 options at their disposal.
On Organic CBD Nugs, we break our delta-8 products into the following categories:
Of these categories, hemp flowers and vape carts offer the most pronounced effects. Users should feel a rush of delta-8 entering their bloodstream shortly after inhaling one of these products.
Since our delta-8 carts and flowers have plenty of all-natural terpenes and secondary cannabinoids, they may give users the “entourage effect.” This theory suggests cannabinoids like delta-8 have a synergistic relationship with other hemp compounds, thus producing a heightened effect.
However, don't discount the effects of delta-8 gummies. True, these edibles won't have as immediate effects as smokable products, but they offer longer-lasting relief throughout the day.
In fact, many people who are new to delta-8 enjoy experimenting with edibles. Since these yummy gummies take a while to hit your system, they aren't as likely to provoke side effects. This makes delta-8 gummies a better call for people interested in microdosing delta-8 throughout the day.
Choosing the best delta-8 product will depend on your goals and preferences. For those who feel ready for high-potency experiences, please start with vape carts or fortified flowers. For customers who are interested in discretion and subtler effects, delta-8 gummies are probably the better choice.
What Do People Feel While Taking Delta-8?
We don't have enough scientific studies to verify how delta-8 affects the body. However, it's clear delta-8 attaches to CB1 receptors similar to delta-9 THC. Therefore, it's likely delta-8 has more profound psychedelic properties versus non-intoxicating cannabinoids like CBD or CBG.
Many people who take delta-8 THC claim they feel a deep sense of calm and a “body-heavy” sensation. In high enough doses, people may also feel slight sedation after taking delta-8.
If these effects sound similar to a standard indica strain, that's because they are! Most people who take delta-8 THC claim it has indica-like properties.
Just remember that delta-8 THC doesn't appear to be as intense as delta-9 THC. In fact, the National Cancer Institute recently claimed that delta-8 THC “exhibits lower psychotropic potency” compared with delta-9. Patients who have experience with delta-8 and delta-9 products also say delta-8 isn't as potent.
Will Delta-8 Feel More Intense Than CBD?
Even if you've been using CBD for years, delta-8 THC can come as a shock. First-time delta-8 users quickly discover they need far less delta-8 to have a more pronounced effect.
Please don't assume delta-8 is as subtle as CBD. Delta-8 may be a stepping stone to other THC molecules, but it's a significant upgrade compared with non-psychoactive cannabinoids. Customers should prepare their expectations and dosages accordingly.
Does Delta-8 THC Provoke Side Effects?
There's always a chance customers could report an adverse reaction when using delta-8 THC. However, if you're using a high-quality product and you're careful with your dosage, it's less likely delta-8 will provoke side effects.
Indeed, most people who report delta-8 side effects were either using too much delta-8 or you bought a low-quality product. To minimize your risk of a horrible delta-8 experience, please purchase delta-8 products with COAs and stick with your product's recommended dosage.
Unfortunately, since the delta-8 market is unregulated, there are many inferior products online and in smoke shops. Sometimes people think they're getting a bad reaction from delta-8 when they're reacting to nasty secondary ingredients like heavy metals or pesticides.
Like delta-9, delta-8 THC could provoke anxiety or paranoia in high doses. Some users also report side effects such as nausea, digestive problems, or headaches. In high enough doses, delta-8 could make patients feel incredibly tired.
Anyone with a medically-recognized condition like generalized anxiety or panic attacks should approach delta-8 with caution. It's also crucial for new patients to only use third-party-reviewed products at the lowest possible dosages. Following these common-sense strategies should cut your risk of experiencing adverse effects.
How Do I Know If Delta-8 Products Are Right For Me?
Delta-8 may have many miraculous properties, but it's not the best fit for every customer. Indeed, recent research suggests we all have unique endocannabinoid systems. Therefore, the same cannabinoids won't have the same effects on every user.
So, how do you know if delta-8 is right for you?
Honestly, the only way to know delta-8 works for you is to try it for yourself. However, there are ways to get a sense of whether this cannabinoid fits your goals beforehand.
First, address why you want to take a hemp product. What effects are you most interested in? Do you want to use hemp during the day, or are you only concerned with at-home use?
Since delta-8 is more potent than non-psychoactive cannabinoids, it's typically not the best choice for a work environment. Also, delta-8 tends to provoke indica-like effects, making it better suited for use before bed.
People who have no experience with hemp may want to start with less-intense CBD products and gauge how they feel. If CBD isn't working for you, it may be time to upgrade to delta-8. Just keep in mind that delta-8 will hit harder at lower concentrations, so be sure to keep an eye on your dosage.
To sum up, people interested in deep relaxation later in the day will most appreciate delta-8's effects. It's also best for newcomers to start with CBD and work their way up to delta-8. When using delta-8, please monitor how it affects your ECS and adjust your dosage.
Is Delta-8 Detectable On THC Drug Screenings?
Delta-8 has many positive features, but it could “positively” influence drug tests…which is always a “negative” trait for employees!
Most cannabis drug tests can't distinguish between delta-8 and delta-9 THC. Plus, there's evidence delta-8 and its associated metabolites have a long half-life. Like delta-9, these compounds could remain in fat cells for days or weeks after use. The more often you use delta-8, the higher the chance delta-8 metabolites will be in your urine sample.
Unfortunately, the only way to avoid this risk is to abstain from delta-8 products for about three or four days before a scheduled drug test. If you're a heavy delta-8 user, it may take a few weeks or one month for this cannabinoid to leave your system.
If you're super paranoid, please stop taking delta-8 THC and full-spectrum CBD products one month before drug screenings. You may also want to research broad-spectrum CBD oils or CBD isolate powder. Both of these items contain zero THC concentrations, so there's no chance for a positive drug screening.
How Do You Distinguish True Delta-8 From Phony Products?
We'll admit: shopping for reliable delta-8 can be complicated. Although scientists have known about delta-8 for decades, it's only in the past few years scientists have really become interested in it. Unfortunately, since the demand for delta-8 shot up so fast, it's been easy for fake “hemp vendors” to enter the game.
Although the FDA doesn't regulate the hemp industry, reputable delta-8 vendors should take steps to build trust with customers. Most significantly, hemp manufacturers should send their products for third-party lab tests. These Certificates of Analysis prove delta-8 products have the cannabinoid percentages you expect without traces of solvents, heavy metals, or pesticides.
All of the delta-8 THC products you'll find on Organic CBD Nugs have detailed lab results associated with them. We publish all of our latest lab findings online so you can verify our claims before making a purchase.
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“CBD” may be in our name, but Organic CBD Nugs loves all aspects of hemp—including delta-8 THC! That's why we've invested heavily in producing some of the industry's cleanest delta-8 THC flowers, edibles, and vape carts.
Customers who want a rich and flavorful delta-8 experience will find many lab-tested products in Organic CBD Nugs' portfolio. Please review all of our hot delta-8 hemp extracts to find your ideal item.