Is Delta 8 a Form of THC or CBD?
Delta 8 THC has recently been referred to by many names, and can be confusing to a newer Delta 8 user. As a cannabinoid, Delta 8 is classified as THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol. Classifying it as THC basically means that it targets the CB1 receptors in your Endocannabinoid system. These receptors are responsible for your central nervous system, your perception of pain and a host of other functions. Delta 8 THC has been found to modulate the synaptic signals through your neurons. This is in-part what creates a slightly mind-bending or altering effect. Delta 8 THC is most commonly referred to as THC, but is also considered CBD.
A CBD product can be classified as any cannabinoid derived as a by-product of Hemp. Delta 8 as a compound is only found in the hemp plant, and is therefore a CBD product. Extracting Delta 8 THC from the Hemp plant is what allows it to be legal. Through this method, only a small amount of Delta 8 THC can be extracted from each plant, so it is pressed with high pressure and heat with a large amount of hemp to distill Delta 8 THC. That is how a basic Delta 8 THC Distillate is made.
Is Delta 8 THC Synthetic?
To know if Delta 8 THC is natural or synthetic, one must understand the method in which Delta 8 is processed, how it is produced naturally in the plant, and what makes a product synthetic. A synthetic product is something that does not occur naturally in nature on a chemical or molecular level. As a rule of thumb, most synthetic products are produced in a lab, and are not replicable in nature. If a synthetic product is incorporated with a natural or organic product, the overall product is still synthetic.
Delta 8 THC is found in the stalk of the Hemp plant and occurs naturally. Delta 8 begins chemically as Delta 9 THC, but molecularly changes through oxidation before it is extracted. This creates small amounts of naturally occurring Delta 8 which can then be extracted legally as a byproduct of CBD. Delta 8 THC is not normally processed through any other means than heat and pressure, so there are no chemicals involved in extraction. This maintains the structural integrity of the compound and maintains its safety for the user.
Is Delta 8 THC Flower real? Is it worth it?
Delta 8 THC is very unique in the sense that it is only extracted in a concentrated, viscous form. As mentioned previously, Delta 8 THC does not occur in high concentrations in the cannabis flower. This is due to its chemical structure and how it develops from Delta 9 THC in the hemp plant. Frankly, there is no such thing as Delta 8 THC flower… yet.
Currently any vendor advertising Delta 8 flower is being the most forth-coming or honest. A common process for any vendor selling Delta 8 THC flower is to start with two products; Delta 8 THC distillate and CBD flower. If the product is advertised in plant form, then vendors will cover the CBD flower in the Delta 8 THC distillate and allow it to absorb into the flower and cure again. This would not be the ideal way to enjoy either of these products.
While it can be encouraged to synergize Cannabinoids to create more of an entourage effect, this would not be the most effective delivery method. A user would find more success in purchasing these two products separately and combining them to make a ratio of cannabinoids that’s right for them. The largest problem with a type of product like this is that it not only misleads the consumer on the forms of Delta 8 THC available, but also does not provide the best value for the products purchased.
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