WHAT IS DELTA 8?

Delta 8 THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is a naturally occurring cannabinoid in cannabis (hemp and marijuana) and is commonly abbreviated as Delta 8 THC, Δ8THC, Δ8, D8, D8 THC, and D8THC. It’s an isomer of both cannabidiol (“CBD”) and Delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol (“D9THC”), sharing a chemical formula of C21H30O2 and a molar mass of 314.464 g/mol.
It exists naturally and can also be produced by converting CBD or Delta 9 THC via a chemical reaction typically using heat, catalysts, altered pH environments, and/or solvents.

The Delta 8 THC we have for sale is an extremely important cannabinoid due to its reported ability to serve as a more functional substitute for Delta 9 which is federally illegal. Delta 9 is known for high potency and has a fair amount of reported negative side effects: sleep issues, paranoia, laziness, etc. However, many users report Delta 8 THC as having either none or reduced side effects in comparison. This is an enormous benefit for the many individuals who we are helped by Delta 9 cannabis, but do not enjoy the side effects.

 

IS DELTA 8 THC LEGAL?

Delta 8 THC was made legal by H.R. 2: The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, commonly referred to as the 2018 Farm Bill. Delta 8 THC products are made from federally legal hemp – they are legal on a federal level unlike regular THC. Until 2018 Delta 8 THC products had been illegal and were specifically named in the Controlled Substances Act. However, in addition to making all hemp cannabinoids, isomers, and derivatives legal, the 2018 Farm Bill specifically includes text to remove all confusion between laws by amending the CS Act to exclude Delta 8 THC from hemp.

Delta 8 THC products are federally legal if the final product has the low concentrations of Delta 9 as stated in the bill (< 0.3%). Delta 8 THC products are also legal in most states, but they are not legal in all states. Delta 8 THC is legal in most states that have hemp laws mirroring H.R. 2, however not all states do this. Some states specifically exclude Delta THC products.

 

Delta 8 THC occurs naturally in cannabis plants (hemp & marijuana), but in very low concentrations. This means it all hemp plants, hemp products, and most CDB products, however the amount is so low that it cannot be extracted and put into products at prices many people can afford. Luckily, one of the great things about cannabis plants is how closely related the chemical components are structurally.

 

Delta 8 Chemical Structure

These structural similarities allow cannabinoids to be changed from one to another fairly simply. While many people want to call these “synthetics” that’s not an appropriate name for them.

“Conversions” or “derivatives” is the more appropriate name, as not only do these compounds exist naturally, but many of these will change into each other naturally with the application of heat, time, and light. In fact, it’s thought that all cannabinoids start as CBGA and naturally synthesize into other cannabinoids during the maturation of the cannabis plant. And a conversion of THCA to Delta 9 with the application of heat is a conversion performed at home by anyone who smokes cannabis.

Conversions are a natural part of cannabis and an integral part of the cannabis industry and should not be feared in a general sense.

These reactions are also done to produce other rare cannabinoids like cannabichromene (CBC), cannabinol (CBN), Delta 8 THC, and can even be done to create abundant cannabinoids like Delta 9 more cheaply than straightforward extraction.

However, since companies produce D8 THC in a lab there does need to be some concern over the safety of the distillate. Mainly that it is being created safely with all solvents, reagents, and acids or bases being properly removed from the end product.

 

 

CONSUMER REPORTED DELTA 8 EFFECTS

The effects and potency of Delta 8 THC vary per person, but the average experience could best be explained by imagining combining all the benefits of CBD and Delta 9. It is often reported as relaxing, mood-boosting, pleasantly euphoric yet clearheaded and not overwhelmingly intoxicating. It’s motivating/energizing to some, especially at lower doses, and sleep-inducing to others, especially at higher doses.

With appropriate dosing, users report feeling far more functional and active on Delta 8 THC versus Delta 9. Delta 8 THC also has potential medicinal applications (pending further research), given its combined effects on CB1 and CB2 receptors vs. CBD and Delta 9.

 

 

Vaping Delta 8

Vaporized Delta 8 THC effects can appear within 20 minutes and can last as long as 5 hours with peak effects typically starting to decrease after 30 minutes to 2.5 hours depending on the individual. The higher the purity of D8 THC and the fewer cannabinoids like CBD and CBG, the quicker the onset and higher the intensity of effects.

 

Delta 8 Edibles

Effects of oral consumption of Delta 8 THC can take anywhere between 45 minutes and 4 hours to peak, with effects lasting as long as 12 hours or more.The lack or reduction of “mental fogginess” and paranoia is also a unique and beneficial trait of D8 THC as it allows many users the ability to take it while still accomplishing daily tasks.Negative effects can include drowsiness, upset stomach, dry mouth, red eyes, and headache.

 

 

ONSET OF DELTA 8 EFFECTS

Delta 8 THC effects vary depending on the method of consumption but typically are delayed slightly more than Delta 9 effects. Purity and the presence of other compounds seem to play a role as well. Our observations have shown that a pure Delta 8 THC vape can be felt immediately or within a few minutes, whereas a D8 THC oil with a presence of 20% or more CBD can delay the noticed onset of effects by as much as 20 minutes.

When eating Delta 8 THC, a user may not see peak effects for anywhere between 1-4 hours, which is a little different than Delta 9 which may peak anywhere between 45 minutes and 2 hours.

 

 

Dosing Delta 8

Due to the delayed onset of Delta 8 THC, a user may need a few uses or days to find their perfect dose. Doses are highly individualized and don’t completely seem tied to any specific physical feature (age, sex, weight, etc) so, regardless of size, it’s best to start with a lower dose and work your way up. You can always take more, but you can’t untake Delta 8 THC.

A typical oral dose for Delta 8 THC is between 10-40 mg. Those that need above 40mg tend to be heavy recreational users of Delta 9. 10 mg can make a big difference in effects for some people so we generally recommend to not exceed 10 mg’s when stepping up in dosage. Keep in mind that some users may also need less than 10 mg.

A typical vape dosage is 1-3 three second puffs. It is typically not necessary to take more than this unless the user is a heavy user of Delta 9.

 

 

HOW LONG DO THE EFFECTS OF DELTA 8 LAST?

The length of Delta 8 THC’s effects are very unique to the individual. As an average, we see high purity vapes lasting 1-5 hours and tinctures and edibles lasting 5-12 hours. Larger doses generally create longer lasting effects, especially with tinctures and edibles.

A difficulty of judging the length of effects is that potent Delta 8 THC has a fairly natural onset and come down, so that it is sometimes hard for an individual to truly grasp where their “baseline” is/was before and after taking D8 THC.

This is especially true for individuals who do not feel “high” from D8 THC but just get a boost in mood. This mood change is sometimes unnoticeable to the individual themselves because of the natural onset and the user will think D8 THC had no effect. We’ve seen this many times in sampling sessions where the individual says they feel nothing, but someone they are with will then inform them how much more pleasant they’ve become in the last few minutes.

Another difficulty in judging the length of effects is that many reports are given based on the “peak” and thus disregards a substantial amount of time spent above baseline after the peak effects are felt. D8 THC effects do not peak and then disappear. There is a gradual phase-out of effects.

In general, the effects of vaporized D8 THC will be shorter than D8 THC that is eaten.

DELTA 8 SAFETY - CHECK LAB TEST RESULTS

Due to Delta 8 THC needing to be created in a lab, the primary safety concern is that the company follows lab procedures and that they are performed correctly by a trained chemist. Ensure that the company has real lab tests from a reputable lab. This will ensure that the product is free from harmful by products. In terms of being safe with acute usage, there is no known deadly overdose limit with D8 THC (no need to panic and call any poison control centers). However, when eating D8 THC, consuming more than one’s individual needs can induce extreme paranoia, just like Delta 9 edibles. Go easy on the edibles and work slowly up to find your proper dose.

Note: that there is no long-term data for Delta 8, contact a doctor (medical care) before taking and substances if you have any safety concerns.

 

WILL I PASS A DRUG TEST ON DELTA 8?

No, unlike hemp derived CBD – with Delta 8 you will test positive as the metabolites (chemical structure) are either the same or too similar to Delta 9. will trigger a positive result on drug tests. We tested this by using at home drug testing kits on 3Chi employees who only used Delta 8 and sending one employee to the same lab our local police go to for their drug testing. All tests were positive for THC.

While we’ve heard of others passing while using Delta 8 and failing due to CBD, we have not personally verified these reports. All of our firsthand data suggest that’s, at best, not common.