I'm sure the first time you heard Delta-8, you probably thought it was an incomplete flight number, right? I mean, what flight number isn't at least four numbers long?!
But then the lightbulb went off above your head as you realized Delta-8 wasn't just Delta-8, but rather Delta-8 THC. And then you thought, "Well, what the heck is that?"
If you can relate to any of the above, then we're right here to help you through it. And if you can't relate to any of that, then you're definitely smarter than us.
Or, just not willing to admit that you were just as confused as us! But here at Clean Remedies, we're all about honesty.
So if you had that lightbulb moment, there's no shame in admitting it. The world of hemp flowers and hemp plants is vast. And Delta-8 THC is just one small component of it.
Besides, it's only natural to have questions and be curious about the various new products that are being offered within the CBD world. So what is Delta-8 THC, you ask? Let's find out.
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What is Delta-8 THC?
Delta-8 THC is a common cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant, like CBD. But it exists in the hemp flower in only very small amounts.
Unlike other hemp strains, there is actually no naturally occurring Delta-8 strain. Instead, that cannabinoid gets extracted in a lab and reproduced for the diverse products of hemp plant and hemp flower you see before you today.
This might sound like a Frankenstein-type of experiment. But unlike the monster, Delta-8 THC is easier to control, making it a favorite among hemp users.
That's right. No scary screws in the neck or groans to communicate. The only thing Delta-8 flower and Frankenstein have in common is the color green.
What is Delta-8 THC flower?
So, if you use that Frankenstein-train-of-thought and apply it to Delta-8 THC flower, you'll find that they are just CBD hemp flowers with Delta-8 added to them. In fact, the number of THC flowers that exist nowadays is thanks to cannabis breeders.
(Read: Frankenstien-inspired mad scientists! Just kidding... but are we?)
So it's also fair to say that Delta-8 THC flower can yield different results due to their lab-induced makeup. Still following along? We know it's a lot to take in at first.
Just take a deep breath and move on the next question. We're sure you have plenty!
How is Delta-8 THC made?
You already know that Delta-8 THC naturally occurs in the hemp flower or hemp plant. But when it's taken into the lab, it's actually created through a chemical reaction by converting CBD into Delta-8 THC.
Now, you might think that this doesn't make Delta-8 THC as natural as it claims to be. But cannabinoids can actually change in the cannabis plant when external factors such as heat, genetics, time and light take place.
So, even though Delta-8 THC is made in a lab, it's actually of a more premium quality since it is made within a controlled environment. And that just makes for more successful Delta-8 hemp products!
We know you're probably all about that organic life. But sometimes, organic needs a little lift!
How is Delta-8 THC flower made?
Like we said before, Delta-8 THC flowers don't just grow on their own. Instead, it involves a multi-step process to produce different strains and hybrid strains.
First, a premium hemp flower is chosen. (No, not like a beauty contest... but kind of like a beauty contest.)
Next, the hemp flower is coated in Delta-8 THC, typically through an infused Delta-8 distillate oil. This part of the process requires multiple coats until the hemp flower looks frosty in appearance.
It's important to note that this isn't the only way to produce Delta-8 flower. In fact, the various methods of creating Delta-8 flower are what make for a variety of products, whether that be a sativa strain or indica dominant hybrid strain.
Either way, these various methods will produce very different results. (Which is important to keep in mind for later!)
Delta-8 THC Flower vs. CBD Flower
You may think we've gone over this enough. But it's important to know the difference between Delta-8 THC flower and CBD flower. (Even if you think you already know the difference!)
You probably already know that CBD flowers come from hemp plants on hemp farms. And this means that they do not typically contain more than 0.3% of Delta-8 or Delta-9 THC.
This is what actually makes CBD federally legal since it is non-psychoactive on its own. And it offers consumers a kind of concentrate of CBD alone.
Delta-8 THC Flower
Delta-8 flower is also federally legal and federal Farm Bill compliant. And that's because these green buds are only mildly psychoactive.
Additionally, because Delta-8 THC metabolites are monitored in a lab, they are easier to control and safer to consume. (Okay, now you can consider yourself a Delta-8 flower expert!)
Factors to keep in mind when buying Delta-8 THC flower
Delta-8 flowers are available through a variety of brands and online vendors. But here are just a couple of factors you should keep in mind as you choose the best Delta-8 flower for you.
#1. What kind of strains you're buying
With Delta-8 being extracted and replicated in a lab, there are a number of different strains that you're able to access. Always make sure you're aware of what kind of strain you're buying.
And look up other reviews by consumers about how these strains stack up against each other. That way, you'll be more knowledgeable when investing in a Delta-8 flower.
#2. How much Delta-9 is involved
Remember how we said that Delta-8 was a minor cannabinoid found in hemp plants? Well, another minor cannabinoid that is similar to Delta-8 is Delta-9.
While similar in chemical structure, Delta-9 is much more psychoactive than Delta-8. So when purchasing your Delta-8 flower, be sure to note how much Delta-9 is involved in the formula as this may affect the results of your product.
That being said, Delta-9 is federally legal and 2018 Farm Bill compliant. But Delta-8 has been known to be more mild in comparison.
#3. The manufacturing and cultivation process
As we said before, each brand will go through a different manufacturing process when it comes to Delta-8 flower. So be sure to invest in brands that only offer the best practices.
This will include high-quality refining, distillation, and extraction processes. And that way, you'll know that you're receiving the best Delta-8 flower you can possibly get!
#4. Third party lab test results
When buying Delta-8 flower, always be sure to check their third party lab tests to ensure the safety of the flower as well as the quality. You want to get the most out of the product you're paying for.
And this extra step and precaution will help you get the most value! Never be afraid to ask for only the best, especially when it comes to your CBD products, like CBD rubs or other topicals too!
FAQs on Delta-8 flower
Hopefully, we've answered most of the questions you already have about Delta-8 flower. But just in case we haven't, here are a couple of questions we know you'll want the answers to.
Is Delta-8 THC legal?
Yes! Delta-8 THC is legal under the 2018 Farm Bill. As an accessible product, Delta-8 can be bought online and should always be presented alongside a Certificate of Analysis (COA) to ensure safety and quality.
Will Delta-8 THC show up in a drug test?
Yes. Drug tests will look for THC metabolites in the body and Delta-8 registers as THC. So if you know you have a drug test coming up, abstain from using or consuming Delta-8 to ensure that your test does not show up positive.
How do I store Delta 8 flower?
Delta-8 should be stored in its original packaging as most brands optimize their packaging for long-term storage. Additionally, you should store your Delta-8 buds in a dark, cool space away from light or heat exposure.
Too much exposure to sunlight or heat can actually degrade the cannabinoids in your product. And that will alter the quality of the Delta-8 product you paid for.
(Pro tip: use these storage tips for your pet CBD as well! Your furry friends will thank you.)
Finding the flower for you
When it comes to hemp flower, there are plenty of avenues for you to choose from. And Delta-8 offers a unique road that many have been curious to travel down.
We always welcome those who are on their own exploratory paths. And we only intend to offer a guiding hand on what can sometimes be a confusing road to traverse.
So hopefully, this article has helped to answer some of your questions surrounding Delta-8 and Delta-8 flower. After all, it's the unknown that's scary.
So focus on the facts and the science to learn what's right for you! And keep asking questions. There's a whole world of knowledge out there for you to absorb.
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