Why is Delta 8 THC mostly in Cartridges?
Delta 8 THC is found mostly in cartridge-form for a few reasons. The majority of Delta 8 THC is derived from the hemp plant, which is pressed under high pressure and heat to create a form of unrefined distillate. This processing method allows Delta 8 to remain a byproduct purely of hemp, and therefore protected under the 2018 Farm Bill. This legally allows Delta 8 THC to be processed through this method, and is one of the safest extraction methods for the producer. There is Delta 8 flower on select sites and locations, however this form of Delta 8 is not as common. Delta 8 flower is reportedly more difficult to produce, has a considerably lower concentration of THC compared to Delta 9 yields and is not granted the same legal protections as Delta 8 THC distillate in some cases.
So what else is in a Delta 8 Cartridge besides the THC?
While some Delta 8 extraction methods can extract up to a staggering 95% purity of Delta 8 THC from the plant, there is still about 5% that is comprised of other materials. In cartridges that are this pure, there are normally 3 other things. The first two being CBG (Cannabigerol) and CBN (Cannabinol) which aid in the entourage effect in the body. These 3 cannabinoids work synergistically in the endocannabinoid system, which contributes to the Delta 8’s ability to provide relaxation and full-body relief. The other component found in cartridges are Terpenes. Terpenes are the component of the hemp flower that provide the flavor. Terpenes are the direct means of flavoring any cartridge with a specific strain. Although these are added for flavor, they are completely natural and still a byproduct of the hemp plant. All cartridges contain some form of terpenes, so no need to worry! There are cartridges available that do not have a purity of 95% Delta 8, though. This is one reason why it is important to check the lab results of the Delta 8 you are interested in purchasing, ensuring it is the right quality for you. Ratios of cannabinoids and terpenes vary for each individual seller or batch that is produced, so it is common to have some variance. It would be suggested to be wary of any batch with a Delta 8 THC purity below 75%-70%, which begins running the risk of the product being lower quality or cut with fillers.
So how does a Cartridge produce vapor anyway?
There are a few methods of vaporising Delta 8 THC in a cartridge. Namely Ceramic and metal coils. Ceramic coils are made with a ceramic heating element which brings the distillate to a temperature that will vaporise it. While ceramic-coil cartridges are generally cheaper, they begin to sacrifice the quality of flavor in the cartridge the more it is used. Metal coils are fully metal on the other hand, and have better longevity but are slightly more expensive.
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