Across the cannabis industry, from manufacturers to vendors and consumers, Delta-8 THC is clearly leading the conversation. Many in the industry wonder what the substance is about. Is it safe? At the same time, are confused if the substance meets regulatory approval.
While it is clearly evident that the term THC is the source of all this confusion, it is important to make known that delta-8 THC is non-intoxicating. The substance holds enormous therapeutic value and has proven itself as one of the most potent of all cannabis strain type.
Today, there are a broad base of Delta 8 THC products on the market (from disposable vapes to gummies) and you would find that those on our webstore, are some of the most effective, of premium quality and of the highest potency.
But what is it really about and how are the flowers made?
Delta-8 THC also expressed as D8, Delta 8, Δ8 THC, and Delta 8 Tetrahydrocannabinol, is a naturally occurring derivative of cannabis found only in trace amounts. To augment the volume of the substance, scientists have devised a way to synthesize the substance from other cannabinoids particularly, Delta-9 THC.
Chemically, delta 8 THC and delta-9 THC share similar bond structure. They are physically alike; they share the same stereotypical effects but differ in their sites of operation and how they interact with the body. While they both possess therapeutic benefits, delta-8 does not have the same intoxicating characteristics as delta-9 THC.
How Delta 8 THC Flowers are made
It is nearly impossible to get pure delta 8 THC hemp flowers fully grown as you would with CBD and delta-9 THC. To get higher concentrations of Delta 8, it needs to be isolated and extracted. The most common method of obtaining delta 8 THC is through a process known as distillation – this is a fully chemical process and most of the world’s Delta 8 THCs are obtained this way in the lab.
Once the delta 8 concentrate has been obtained, the flowers can now be made.
Delta 8 THC flowers are made in some of the most innovative ways. However, in all the ways possible, they utilize regular hemp flowers. We would consider two of the most popular methods of making delta 8 THC:
Method 1: Delta 8 Hemp Flowers can be obtained by spraying regular CBD flowers with Delta-8 THC distillate. To do this, first the hemp flower needs to be prepped, meaning it needs to be properly trimmed and cleaned with as much of the stem removed as possible.
Once that is done, the flower is put into a tumbler on speed low enough to evenly distribute the distillate without breaking up the buds. In this tumbler, while in motion, the Delta 8 THC distillate is misted over the flowers.
For best results, your distillate needs to be less viscous, that is, it needs to be able to flow freely without much resistance. There are a variety of ways to do this, but the most common method is to add terpenes.
Method 2: Similar to the first method, the preferred flower strain is prepped, and the distillate made ready with the right viscosity and potency. Once you are sure you have everything sorted out, the distillate is then injected into the flower buds and left under UV light to cure.
Both methods would achieve the same results and about the same potency.
Benefits of Delta 8 THC
The benefits of delta 8 THC are quite enormous. Although the research into its efficacy and use spectrum is still ongoing, several studies extol its therapeutic value in the management and treatment of a whole range of conditions. Delta 8 THC possesses strong antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties and all of these comes into play in determining what it works for and how well it performs.
Some of the most notable benefits linked to Delta 8-THC includes:
- Increased appetite stimulation
- Quick and lasting relief from pain and inflammation
- Eliminating nausea in cancer patients
- A clearer-headed high compared to ordinary THC
- Enormous CBD-like benefits in terms of anxiety management, pain management, and inflammation management
Some user reported benefits include:
Longer Lasting Effects: Many have described Delta-8 CBD as having a longer lasting effect, a weaker “high” and a “clear-headed” feeling when consumed. It is said to offer a more comfortable and relaxed feeling with a clearer focus which is quite unlike what you would experience with THC.
Increased Focus and Energy: Unlike CBD and THC, which many have complained offers an “unbalanced” effect, the same doesn’t apply to Delta-8 THC for this category of users. In fact, one of the alluring benefits of Delta 8 is its clear focus, calming effect and an energy flow that has been described as natural.
Lower Psychoactive Potency: Of course, the most notable experience is that it offers almost zero psychotropic side effects. Almost all users have reported a perfect clean experience devoid of any form of paranoia or anxiety.
High Potency, Quicker Effects: Almost all users agree that Delta 8 has a higher Potency and bioavailability than CBD and THC. Also, many claim that the substance hits much quicker than any other they have tried.
How Does It Interact With The Body?
Like most cannabinoids, delta 8 THC interacts with the endocannabinoid system, but specifically in the immune system. A study conducted in 1973 determined that delta 8 THC had a profound effect on the immune system in the human body and that it is able to activate immune response in the body’s fight against cancer.
Much like Delta-9 THC, it binds to the CB1 receptor, activating its antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties in the fight against antibodies and its protection of the body.
Researchers also extol the molecule’s strong anti-inflammatory properties and its quick reaction in reversing tumor growth in subjects.
Conclusion: Is It Safe?
Yes, delta 8 THC is perfectly safe for consumption by adults and children. Even though it takes the form and effects of delta-9 THC, it does not possess its psychotropic characteristics. Individuals who have misgivings with consuming THC need not worry about this substance. The reference to THC in its name is only to reflect the shared therapeutic effects with THC and not necessarily the psychotropic effects.