What are Cannabinoids?
Introduction to Cannabinoids and Their Receptors
Hemp Doctor’s seasoned cannabis consumers already know their favorite plant is one of the most unique on earth. The cannabis plant, in all its forms, contains hundreds of diverse chemical elements, each with its unique properties, known as cannabinoids. The scientific community term for ‘cannabinoid’ references all chemical substances or forms that bind to a person’s body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). But did you know there are three major components to the human endocannabinoid system?
- Cannabinoid receptors – in the brain and immune system, located on the cell’s surface.
- Endocannabinoids – cannabinoids produced within that activate cannabinoid receptors.
- Metabolic enzymes – break down endocannabinoids after they are used.
The human body contains an abundance of CB–1 and CB–2 receptors. Remember when we said each cannabinoid has unique properties? So does each receptor. Different cannabinoids have different effects depending on which receptors they bind to. CB–1 receptors bind to areas in the brain, while CB–2 has an affinity for other locations in the body. Depending on the cannabis profile, different effects are achievable.
The most notable and widely used cannabinoids are Delta 8 THC and CBD (there is a difference between the two as well!). These cannabinoids are infused in edibles and tinctures for pets and people alike. Many hemp-derived products include Delta 9 THC, HHC, and CBD to promote well-being, and much more.
How can I get the most out of my cannabis?
The Entourage Effect and Terpenes
As of today, there are 540 general chemical compounds found in cannabis, with 100 of these being cannabinoids. Even the most seasoned consumer may not know cannabinoids come together to play a role in how a product interacts with their bodies. This synergy of cannabinoids is known as the Entourage Effect. It may sound complicated, but honestly, it isn’t. Without any elaboration, the idea is that the whole scope of the cannabis plant performs better than isolated cannabinoids. Cannabis compounds work better as a group than alone, enhancing the overall outcome. Compounds here are cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. The phrase “entourage” refers to the herbal mixtures that work together to produce a particular impact on various ailments. Terpenes play a massive role in the effects of cannabinoids and the entourage effect. Indeed, the entourage effect is an intriguing hypothesis that characterizes the medley of compounds and cannabinoids in the cannabis plant and the distinct ways they work together to enhance well-being and nourish other user benefits.
Are new cannabinoids safe?
HHC and Me
Just when you believe you have studied them all, of course, another cannabinoid pops up. Let us introduce the naturally occurring cannabinoid Hexahdrocannbinol, or HHC for short. HHC occurs mainly in the pollen of the hemp and cannabis plants in small quantities. Over 70 years ago, in the 1940s, CBD was isolated by a chemist named Roger Adams. Adams’s creation is equal to the hydrogenation technique of turning vegetable oil into margarine; he added hydrogen molecules to Delta-9-THC, converting the THC in to HHC.
He obtained these trace concentrations utilizing the now refined process of permeating hemp flowers with hydrogen atoms in the presence of a catalyst under high pressure. Roger Adams broke down THC’s double-bonded chemical structure and replaced it with hydrogen. It was later found that Mr. Adams’ alteration increased the cannabinoids’ binding relationship to the CB1 and CB2 receptors. Moreover, this change in cannabinoid molecular construction made it much more stable and resistant to oxidation and degradation. Amazingly the potency and effect of the cannabinoid remained unchanged.
Will HHC feel like taking THC?
Science Progresses in HHC Research
Scientists are still studying the properties and effects associated with HHC, and experts still haven’t agreed on its strength. But, whenever trying a new product, you should consume it in small doses until you know how your body will adjust to it. With that in mind, the effects of this compound are different for everyone. HHC’s outcomes vary from person to person, depending on your body and tolerance levels. Still, HHC is comparable to Delta–9 THC effects but more than Delta–8 effects. Studies indicate HHC has higher bioavailability, meaning your body can metabolize and break it down to absorb it entirely, creating fuller, more potent results.
Are there any benefits of HHC?
Extensive analysis still needs to be conducted on HHC though investigations have revealed that it can benefit individuals. Consumer word of mouth reports a connection with reducing ailments after consuming this unique cannabinoid. Research has progressed over the years and continues to be a topic of discussion among cannabis communities.
Is HHC legal on a federal level or where I live?
The legal position of HHC is involved, and it is essential to remember that there aren’t any laws restricting HHC, specifically. Also, the Farm Bill was ushered into law in 2018. This measure withdrew hemp, defined “as cannabis and its derivatives of cannabis with minimal concentrations of the psychoactive compound delta–9 tetrahydrocannabinol with no more than 0.3 percent (on a dry weight basis), from its designation of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).”
Even though the laws are clear as mud and contradict themselves often, hemp-derived HHC has stayed legal in most states. An element of this is that this cannabinoid was not public knowledge until recently. As well as with the Farm Bill passing and being signed into law. It is essential to familiarize yourself with your local state laws before placing an order for HHC.
What does the FDA say about HHC?
The Food and Drug Administration has released no comment or official statement regarding the consumption or use of HHC. Though in the past, the FDA has publicly stated that it does not approve any THC type of product for medical use.
What HHC brand can you trust?
How To Make Sure Your HHC Is the Highest Quality
As with any product on the market, it is always your best bet to do your research and come to your own conclusions. The market is full of snake oil salespeople, and copycats abound. But many brands care about their consumer and the product quality they deliver to their shopper. Because HHC is such a new cannabinoid, numerous labs are now starting to contribute to testing for HHC-infused products. These tests are expensive and time-consuming but necessary to instill consumer trust and confidence. Therefore discretionary consumers know and trust The Hemp Doctor to source the purest form of HHC on the market.
HHC is an intriguing cannabinoid that can appease your need for leisure after a long day or help you find the motivation you need. We are dedicated to providing the best service possible to those who need it. If you’re curious about where to buy HHC products, want to reach out with questions about HHC, or purchase HHC Vapes, check out our delicious variety of Cartridges at The Hemp Doctor.
We hope this gives you a reasonable understanding of what HHC is and how it affects your mind and body. The Hemp Doctor is here to help you understand this captivating cannabinoid and all it can offer!
When discussing the subject of cannabis or hemp and its effects, there can be a lot to unpack, so to speak. One aspect of this is the effects cannabis has on the body. The other is the perceived therapeutic benefits consumers might experience. To complicate the matter providers, such as The Hemp Doctor, cannot legally make any specific health claims. Similar to the natural health product industry regulations, providers must comply with these best practices. The regulations ensure only facts and not anecdotal information is being shared with the public. Together, we take a closer look at hemp-derived Delta 9 THC and explore more about its effects in this article below.
What You Should Know About Delta 9 THC
Cannabis and hemp are species of plant called Cannabaceae. They produce flowers (also called buds) and seeds which contain several beneficial compounds used for both recreational and medicinal purposes. These chemical compounds include a combination of cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids. Each cultivar has a different variety and potency of these substances, making every plant unique. It’s this mix of compounds which influences the effects a certain cultivar may have.
Among the 540 substances produced from cannabis, cannabinoids such as delta 9 THC, or D9 and cannabidiol (CBD) are the most well-known. D9 is the primary psychoactive compound responsible for producing the euphoric experience consumers might have. It’s also thought to have several therapeutic benefits, based on previous studies. The D9 sourced from hemp flower typically has a low potency, with a maximum of 0.3% THC by law. Products made with D9 sourced from cannabis will contain a much higher potency. However, this type of product isn’t currently regulated for sale in the US.
Learn more about the other THC analogs available today.
How D9 Works in the Body
Let’s take a quick look back at D9’s history. It was first discovered by Raphael Mechoulam, professor and organic scientist, in 1964. Then, scientists including Lumír Hanuš, William Devane and Allyn Howlett discovered a network of receptors located in the human body, called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). This is the mechanism which produces the therapeutic effects of D9 and other compounds. It creates chemical signals which help regulate biological functions like stress response, inflammation, memory, appetite and more.
In addition to the ECS system, there’s another natural phenomenon which can influence the effects of cannabis. This is something called the entourage effect. It can occur when certain substances are consumed together, creating different effects compared to compounds which are isolated. These types of products are referred to as full and broad spectrum. Full spectrum products will contain all the available compounds of the plant, including some THC. These products are ideal for adult consumers who desire maximum effectiveness. Broad spectrum products are usually made without THC.
Products made with D9, from either cannabis or hemp, will be intoxicating. Depending on the format the psychoactive effects could last anywhere from 10 minutes to several hours. If you use inhaled products like dried-flower and vapes the onset time is very quick and will only last a few hours. For edible products, the onset time can average 30 minutes with the effects lasting 8 hours or more. Any benefits consumers experience are subjective and can be influenced by factors like metabolism and product potency, tolerance, etc. When trying new products, start with a low dose before increasing the potency.
The following are some of the therapeutic benefits of hemp-derived Delta 9 THC:
- Produces general euphoria
- Heightens sensory perception (sight, sound, touch, taste and smell)
- Elevates the mind
- Invigorates your body
- Calm and soothing sensation
- Influences appetite (increase or decrease depending on the cultivar)
Hemp-derived Delta 9 THC has both short and long-term health effects including:
- Impaired mental function (forgetfulness, etc.)
- Altered time perception
- Produces dry mouth (or cottonmouth) and red-eye
- Excessive sleepiness or couch lock
- Increased feelings of paranoia for some
- Can cause dizziness
- Risk of lung disease (if using inhaled products)
D9 Legal Status
Are hemp-derived D9 products legal in the US? At this time, hemp products are NOT prohibited by the 2018 Farm Bill. Hemp products made, with a maximum of 0.3% delta 9 THC, are federally legal. Although the FDA allows the sale of these products, each state does have its own laws regarding THC. Meaning, that it depends on what state you are in. Any products made with D9 sourced from cannabis, with more than 0.3% are still illegal. Compliant retailers will provide a certificate of analysis (COA) for their products. This allows consumers to shop knowing the products they are using are safe. The Hemp Doctor is a provider you can trust! See our third-party lab results.
The past prohibition of delta 9 THC prevented scientists from studying the effects of cannabis. No access equals no research. As countries continue to legalize and regulate its use, more studies will begin to take place. The medical community needs the opportunity to research the clinical potential of the plant, determine the long-term effects of consumption and so on. Not only that, but these studies need to be accepted by the regulatory agencies. Governments need to create a framework that allows a deeper conversation between providers and the public. Otherwise, the research won’t matter.
The effects of delta 9 THC can be classified into different categories. As mentioned, there are physiological effects and there are also therapeutic benefits. Understanding all the factors will ensure your experience is both desirable and safe. Hemp is well tolerated by most consumers and can offer a variety of wellness benefits when used responsibly. The information above is intended to educate consumers.
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Doesn’t it seem like new cannabinoids are popping up all the time? Many cannabis users may find themselves confused about the variety of cannabinoids and products on the market, one of the most sought-after being THC-O. It’s always important to do your research on cannabis products before consuming them to fully understand what they are and how they will most likely react in your body. Like all other products at Hemp Doctor, our THC-O vapes and gummies are hemp-derived, lab tested, and made with full spectrum extracts. Continue reading this guide to find out how THC-O is made, if it’s legal, its benefits, and the details of our THC-O product selection.
How is THC-O Different From THC?
THC-O (tetrahydrocannabinol acetate) is the most potent cannabinoid currently available, with a potency arguably 300% stronger than THC (delta- 9). It has recently seen a significant rise in sales and interest in the last few years due to its low price and high potency.
Similar to delta-8 THC, THC-O is lab-made or “chemically procured.” THC-O is the abbreviation for “THC-O-Acetate.” An acetate is a form of acid that acts as a building block for fatty acids. Acetate can chemically alter molecules, specifically THC, to create new forms of cannabinoids such as THC-O. Sadly, this means you won’t be able to grow THC-O at home or find it naturally produced in cannabis plants.
Is THC-O Legal?
The DEA didn’t discover THC-O until the 1970s. Researchers from Jacksonville, Florida, combined cannabis extract with acetic anhydride creating THC-O.
THC-O is a hemp-derived cannabinoid like CBD, delta-8 THC, and other cannabinoids and shares the same legal status. The 2018 Farm Bill declared delta-9 THC unlawful in amounts greater than 0.3% but left all other cannabinoids legal by default. THC-O is, therefore, entirely legal on the federal level and has yet to appear on the DEA’s or most states’ legal radar. Moreover, unlike its predecessors, THC-O did not penetrate the criminal market for the next ten years; the federal drug administration declined to investigate the strange substance further since it did not appear as a plant-grown substance.
Even though THC-O is in the same legal category as Delta 8 THC compounds such as delta-8 are likely to become restricted or prohibited in some states. Because THC-O products are new to the market, states may take some time to catch up and determine THC-O’s legal status. The Hemp Doctor recommends that you check with your home state for the most up-to-date laws, as they may change in the future.
How is THC-O Made
The way to make THC-O Is to mix THC molecules with acetic anhydride, a highly combustible chemical. Because THC-O on the legal market derives from hemp, the process first involves extracting CBD from hemp and converting it to delta 8 THC. This process can be lengthy and intricate – especially in the final step. Next, the acetic anhydride is added to the delta-8, combining the THC molecules with the acetic anhydride creating THC-O.
To put it simply, THC-O is synthetic, developed, and tested in a lab under specific conditions, and consumers should NOT attempt to make it at home. In addition, the process can be highly flammable and potentially explosive, so it is important to conduct It in a controlled, ventilated laboratory environment.
What Are THC-O Benefits and Effects?
THC-O is gaining popularity in the United States due to increased interest in alternative cannabinoids such as delta-8 and delta-10. THC-O effects have been reported to range from those similar to delta-9 “head highs” to strong psychoactive experiences.
THC-O’s effects are delayed since it’s a prodrug of THC that needs to be deacetylated by your liver enzymes before it can interact with your system. This means the acetate group is removed from a molecule while it processes and is absorbed in your body. Users have reported THC-O to be medicinally beneficial. As a result, THC-O has become a favorable option among Americans as its strong potency results in an uplifting, mood-enhancing euphoria. However, there are not enough clinical studies to support these claims.
What To Expect When Consuming THC-O
It is important to be patient when consuming THC-O as your body doesn’t process It In the same way as It does any other cannabinoids you may have already tried. Below are two examples of how THC-O responds differently in the human body and what you can expect when consuming Hemp Doctor THC-O edibles and vapes.
Because THC-O is a synthetic cannabinoid, it is best to be cautious when purchasing products. Be sure to choose a shop with THC-O products examined and tested by qualified laboratories. All Hemp Doctor products are lab tested to ensure your THC-O and other cannabinoid products are safe and effective to consume. Always remember cannabinoids like THC-O last longer than others.
When ingested orally, THC-O usually takes longer to manifest in your body than delta-9. While delta-9 effects can be seen as soon as 20-30 minutes after consuming, THC-O can take up to an hour to kick in (or more).
THC-O can take up to 20 minutes to fully hit its peak power performance when inhaled. Unlike delta-8 products, which can reach their full effect potential almost instantaneously. THC-O vapes also have a much thicker viscosity than other cannabinoids like delta-8.
Shop For THC-O Products on Hemp Doctor
Hemp Doctor THC-O products are made by combining high-quality hemp-derived delta 8 THC with acetic anhydride. With a smooth pull and no burn, you can expect our THC-O vape carts to be much more viscous than delta-8 THC oil and comparable to CBD or CBN distillate consistency.
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- Skywalker OG (Indica)
- Runtz (Hybrid)
- Trainwreck (Sativa)
- Gorilla Glue (Hybrid)
- Amnesia Haze (Sativa)
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Find out how Delta 9 THC is different from other forms of THC in this informative article, from The Hemp Doctor.
The term THC is used interchangeably among consumers. It references several different types of compounds and formulations. It typically refers to Delta 9 THC, which is the psychoactive ingredient cannabis is best known for. However, there are many other related compounds. Below we highlight the differences between these forms of THC and answer some of your most common questions.
A Brief Definition of Cannabis and Hemp.
Cannabis and hemp are part of a group of flowering plants technically classified as Cannabaceae. This species includes many familiar cultivars such as hops and other tree-like species. The cannabis plant contains 540 different chemical compounds, which include a variety of cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids. The most common cannabinoids are often referred to as THC and CBD (Cannabidiol). THC comes in a variety of forms known as chemical analogs.
These substances can work together and individually to create a multitude of health benefits. This occurs because of what’s called the endocannabinoid system or ECS. It contains a network of receptors called CB1 and CB2. These receptors are located throughout the human body and are activated by compounds like THC. Influencing brain function, the immune system and more.
Hemp is very similar to cannabis, with only a couple of minor differences. First, is how it’s cultivated. Industrial hemp is primarily produced for its seeds and fibers. Another major difference between the two plants is their THC potency. In the United States, legal hemp will have less than 0.3% delta 9 THC. Cannabis, on the other hand, will have a lot more.
What is THC-a?
THC-a, or Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, is the most abundant cannabinoid found in cannabis or hemp. In its natural form, it is not psychoactive. Once this compound has been subjected to heat, a process known as decarboxylation, will it convert into delta 9 THC. Formulations made with THC-a are a great option for those looking to experience the wellness benefits of cannabis or hemp without the intoxication. However, these types of products can be difficult to find.
What is delta 9 THC?
Delta 9 THC is a naturally occurring compound of cannabis. Once THC-a has been decarbed, it becomes what’s known as THC. The scientific name for this substance is Delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol aka D9 or D9 THC. It can sometimes be written as Δ9 THC. This cannabinoid has been found to provide consumers with many therapeutic benefits. Some report calming effects and some feel more focused. The range of effects is subjective depending on factors like tolerance and product potency, etc.
Will THC make you feel euphoric or get you high?
D9 sourced from cannabis is considered intoxicating because of its high potency, with more than 0.3%. Hemp-derived D9 is also considered to be psychoactive for some consumers, even with such a low potency. New consumers should start with a low dose and increase as needed.
Another THC analog includes delta 8 THC. This compound is very similar to D9 but produces milder effects, a quality which is desirable for many adult consumers. Then there’s THCP, one of the most potent cannabinoids produced in the plant, making it incredibly psychoactive. It isn’t currently listed as a prohibited substance. However, few providers sell this type of product currently. Last, but not least there’s THCV. This non-intoxicating substance may even suppress the effects of D9.
Recap of THC Analogs:
- THC-a (before decarboxylation or decarbing).
- Delta 9 THC, sourced from cannabis (more than 0.3%).
- Delta 9 THC, sourced from hemp (less than 0.3%).
- Other analogs such as delta 8 THC, THCP and THCV.
Want more on the topic? Learn about the properties, benefits and uses of the different types of THC here.
Legal Status of Hemp-derived D9
Is THC legal in the US?
Compounds derived from hemp, with a maximum of 0.3% THC, are federally legal under the 2018 Farm Bill. This does include formulations with delta 9 THC if the potency doesn’t exceed the legal limit. Depending on where you live, some states do restrict the sale of these goods. D9 sourced from cannabis, with a potency of more than 0.3% THC is still illegal under the current laws.
Everything in our inventory is 100% legal and complies with current federal regulations. As a consumer, you should know that not all products come from reputable providers. It is possible to get less expensive products, but these could include potentially dangerous substances. Look for products which have been lab-tested to ensure you are getting the quality you deserve. Shop with confidence and read the certificate of analysis (COA) for each of our products before you buy.
Hemp-Derived D9 Edibles from The Hemp Doctor currently include:
- Delta 9 Milk Chocolate Minis – 30mg
- Delta 9 Peanut Butter Nuggets – 30mg
- Delta 9 THC Gummies – 25mg
- Delta 9 THC gummies -Down Shift
- Delta 9 THC/Delta 8 THC full spectrum Gummies
- Delta 9 THC/CBD/CBN Full Spectrum Nighttime Gummies
- Delta 9 THC/CBD Full Spectrum Gummies
A Short Answer
Are delta 9 THC and THC the same thing?
It depends on the context. What matters is the potency of the compound. THC is a generic term used to describe the psychoactive compound in cannabis. It’s a phrase which is permanently forged into mainstream society. For savvy consumers and industry professionals, the term means much more. Consumers need to know and understand what compounds are in the products they are using to experience the maximum benefits and avoid any unwanted experiences. Now that you know what THC means on a deeper level, you’ll be more confident when shopping.
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