Delta 8 THC FAQ
What is delta 8 THC?
You haven't heard about Delta 8 THC? Well, it's only one of the hottest new products on the market these days! Delta 8 THC is one of the several cannabinoids produced by cannabis and hemp plants. It's similar to delta 9 THC, which is the primary stimulating component of cannabis. The main difference is that its effects are not nearly as overwhelming as with standard delta 9 cannabis. Delta 8 THC elicits feelings of relaxation and euphoria in a calm fashion.
Fun fact: delta 8 is found in CBD hemp flower! It's just found at very low amounts, usually less than 1%. Delta 8 THC products are actually made by extracting delta 8 from CBD. Modern technology has grown to the point that isolating this beneficial cannabinoid from legal hemp is not only possible, but readily doable.
As for how it's made, the process is akin to other hemp products. It's entirely safe and natural! Delta 8 is extracted and combined with a carrier oil. This extract can be put straight into tinctures and capsules, or combined with an edible base to make edible products, like gummies and other sweets. It also comes in flower, cartridges, disposables, and more!
How does delta 8 THC make you feel?
When asked, delta 8 THC users often report feelings similar to that provided by delta 9 THC. This can depend on a range of factors, including who's using it, the potency of the product, and more.
Regardless, most generally describe sensations of relaxation, concentration, and elation. The great part is that these feelings are delivered in a way thats less overpowering than the usual delta 9 cannabis. In an age where standard dispensary-grade cannabis has become too potent for the average user, delta 8 has become a fantastic alternative that provides the positive experiences of using cannabinoids in a more pleasant fashion.
How do I use delta 8 THC?
Due to its low concentrations in hemp plants, Delta 8 THC is usually extracted into a distillate form. The final product is a thick liquid that can be used in a variety of different mediums. Some its most popular forms include:
- Delta 8 Gummies and Other Edibles
- Delta 8 Cartridges
- Delta 8 Flower
- Delta 8 Dabs
- Delta 8 Tincture
- Delta 8 Disposables
- Delta 8 Capsules
How much delta 8 THC should I take?
Delta 8 THC has shown to be less psychoactive then delta 9 cannabis, and it's just as safe. That being said, it's still possible to overdo it. Taking too much delta 8 may induce similar unpleasant side effects to that of delta 9, including drowsiness, dry mouth, and bloodshot eyes. While it's great for helping to alleviate the symptoms of anxiety and paranoia, it can end up increasing these feelings if you take too much.
Fear not, though! Avoiding overuse of delta 8 is simple. Just follow this mantra: Start low, go slow! Beginners should start out with a low dose. One to two hours after your first dose, assess how you feel, and go from there.
Another great way to avoid any undesired effects is to only use high quality delta 8 products. Luckily, we only carry products that meet our high standard of excellence. Every one is lab-tested and additive-free. This ensures that our customers have experiences that are both enjoyable and safe!
Is delta 8 THC illegal?
This is entirely dependant on where you live. Given that we only currently ship delta 8 THC to the United States, we'll keep our discussion there. On a federal level, delta 8 THC was made federally legal with the 2018 Farm Bill. Section 297A of the bill states “The term ‘hemp’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”
Beyond the federal level, delta 8 THC is legal in a number of states. A significant number of states have banned the substance, though. Some others treat it the same as delta 9 cannabis, making it illegal to sell and ship outside of an approved dispensary. On top of this, some states where it's legal have banned some of the forms that delta 8 comes in. There are several laws being voted on in certain states as well, and things are constantly changing.
We will not ship delta 8 THC products to any state or locality where it is banned. While this is definitely inconvenient if you live there, you will at least not have to worry about accidentally shipping a banned substance to your area! Here is a list and map of all the areas in the United States where delta 8 THC is banned and/or restricted:
States where Delta 8 THC is banned and/or Restricted: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia
Localities where Delta 8 THC is banned and/or Restricted: Rhinelander, WI
Will delta 8 show up on a drug test?
Short answer: Yes.
Urine tests can't tell the difference between delta 8 and delta 9 cannabis. The test only verifies the presence of the metabolite THC-COOH, which is what both cannabinoids end up as after being processed by the liver.
That being said, if you're taking a gas chromatography test, then you are in luck! These tests only look for delta 9 metabolites specifically. Some employers will allow you to take this test instead of a urine test upon request, so don't be afraid to ask.
It is estimated that the presence of THC-COOH can be found in the urine for between 30 to 60 days after last use, but this is dependent on a range of factors.