The Health and Wellness industry is on fire these days. Data shows that the industry is predicted to grow to $7.0 trillion by 2025, according to the Global Wellness Institute. Here, in the US, there’s been a lot of hype surrounding hemp-derived cannabinoids and their potential health benefits. One of the newest compounds to come to the market in recent years is Hexahydrocannabinol or HHC. Get the scoop on HHC and discover why this unique substance has become the latest craze in wellness.
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What Is Hemp-derived HHC?
Considered to be the most exciting cannabinoid on the market, HHC is what’s known as a semi-synthetic compound. It naturally occurs in the cannabis and hemp plants but in low concentrations, which is why it is created in a lab. This formulation is typically made by converting CBD or THC into HHC using Hydrogenation.
What Exactly Are “Designer Drugs”?
Technically speaking, these “drugs” are synthetic versions of a controlled substance or therapeutic agent that mimics the pharmacological effects produced by the original drug. Creating them in the lab can increase their effectiveness while minimizing adverse side effects. One example of these types of products is synthetic cannabinoids. However, not all synthetic products are the same. For example, products referred to as “Spice” or “K2” are not safe for human consumption. The chemical structure of these compounds is entirely unrelated to THC. HHC products sold at reputable suppliers are sourced directly from industrial hemp.
Will Consuming Hemp-derived HHC Make Me Feel High?
It’s hard to say how HHC will make you feel. The effects of both cannabis and hemp are subjective and will vary from person to person. We can say that it can produce psychoactive effects, similar to D9. Some consumers report the experience as less euphoric in comparison. The duration of its effects will depend on the method of consumption. The outcomes from inhaled products will be felt almost immediately and can last a few hours. In comparison, the onset from food-based edibles is more delayed and will typically last much longer.
HHC Laws In the US
Is HHC Considered a Legal Way To Get High?
The answer is complicated. Hemp-derived cannabinoids, like HHC, are in the grey area of the law. The 2018 Farm Bill currently allows hemp products that contain no more than 0.3% delta 9 THC for purchase and consumption in the US. However, the law doesn’t mention the many other naturally occurring and synthesized compounds from the hemp plant leaving room for interpretation of the law. It has also created an unregulated market, as the government seems only concerned with the legal status of D9. Even though hemp is federally legal, some states restrict the sale of certain hemp-derived products. Check your local laws before you buy.
Are HHC Products Safe To Consume?
Yes, most HHC products are safe, depending on the source. HHC products purchased from a producer or retailer who can provide a Certificate of Analysis (COA) for each product are considered safe. These lab reports will indicate the potency and purity of the product. It can be challenging to know the quality of the hemp products purchased at places such as gas stations and convenience stores; buyers beware.
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What are moon rocks? This slang term describes a type of cannabis or hemp product. It starts with a dried flower or bud, usually covered in distillate and kief (the dust-like substance made of the plant’s trichomes). The combination of these formulations can produce a highly potent product. Consumers can smoke these premium moon rocks in a joint, bong, pipe, etc.
What is shatter? It is an extract (also known as concentrate) of the cannabis and hemp plant. Made by combining plant matter and a solvent using a closed-loop extraction system. These solvents can include butane and ethanol. This process creates a glass-like, gold, or amber-colored product, which can be very potent. It can be consumed in a dab rig or vape pen or added to your dried flower.
What is distillate? Distillate can be either transparent or light yellow and is thick in consistency. It is considered to be tasteless and odorless. Producing this product involves using the molecular distillation process, similar to alcohol. This formulation will usually contain only one compound (or isolate) and can be used to make a variety of edibles, topicals, and more. It can also be consumed in a vape pen or dab rig.
What are concentrates? This generic term refers to a highly potent extract of cannabis and hemp. It contains all the chemical compounds of cannabis and hemp, like cannabinoids, terpenes, etc. Concentrates can be made in a few different ways. The common methods include water extraction, heat and pressure, and chemical extraction. Many different products can be classified as concentrates, including the substance used in vape cartridges, which is usually distillate or CO2 oil.
Always use concentrates in moderation, and be cautious when using an open flame and hot glass.
Off the Beaten Path
There are a few good reasons HHC is flying off the shelves. Its legal status is one reason. Another is that some consumers are interested in a slightly less intense experience while still enjoying the potential benefits of hemp. It all comes down to personal preference and accessibility. In the future, we predict that HHC will gain wide popularity among the average consumer.
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Potency, concentration, and strength; are all words used to describe the effectiveness of the chemical compounds produced by cannabis and hemp plants. For consumers, potency matters. It can represent value for money and can influence the overall experience one might have. In this article from The Hemp Doctor, we’ll compare the potency, effects, legality, and more of these two cannabinoids, Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC.
Delta 8 THC vs. Delta 9 THC
Let’s begin by elucidating that more than 500 chemical compounds exist in cannabis and hemp. These substances include cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, alkaloids, and more. Cannabidiol (CBD) and delta 9 THC (D9) are the most widely used cannabinoids, as many consumers are aware. You might not know that other analogs, such as delta 8 THC (D8), are gaining popularity.
Cannabinoids and ECS system
Let us also explain how these compounds work with the human body to produce effects common to hemp and cannabis. The chemical compounds activate cannabinoid receptors throughout the human body to create a range of benefits. These receptors are part of what’s called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). It helps the body regulate critical functions, including memory, motor skills, appetite, and so on, helping to maintain homeostasis in the human body.
Furthermore, the entourage effect can enhance these effects from cannabinoids interacting with ECS receptors. Some initial research shows these compounds can produce results independently; this type of product with only one cannabinoid and no other compound is called an isolate. But when different hemp-derived compounds enter the bloodstream and into the ECS system simultaneously, they boost one another’s effects. Full spectrum and broad spectrum products allow consumers to take multiple compounds simultaneously, such as different cannabinoids and terpenes. The effects experienced from products like these can vary. Every person will have different tolerance, so we recommend you start slowly.
Characteristics of these chemical compounds include:
Delta 9 THC
- The scientific name for D9 is delta-9-
- Technically, it starts out as THC-a, but once exposed to heat (a process called decarboxylation), it converts into D9.
- It has both psychoactive and therapeutic properties, binding to the cannabinoid receptor (CB1) in the brain.
- The delta 9 THC sourced from hemp will have a low concentration; by law, hemp-derived products can only contain a maximum of 0.3% delta 9 THC. When sourced from cannabis, it will typically have a much higher potency.
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Delta 8 THC
- Its scientific name is delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol, also called D8.
- D8 naturally occurs in the cannabis and hemp plants but in low concentrations. It can also be synthesized in a lab for commercial use.
- It has a similar pharmacological profile to D9 but a weaker bond to the cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1).
- This cannabinoid has milder psychoactive properties. The euphoric effects from D8 are thought to be half as intense, with less paranoia than D9.
What Influences the Potency of D8?
Many factors can influence a product’s overall potency, with plant genetics being the primary factor. Other factors include the plant’s growing conditions, quality, and harvesting methods. Another factor determining the strength is which part of the plant manufacturers use for extraction. Flowers closer to the top will produce more trichomes, which is where the compounds exist. Product storage also plays a big part in maintaining its potency.
Why Do People Consume D8?
D8 can be ideal for specific consumers because of its availability and potency. Products such as D8 are widely available in most states, making these products easy and convenient. Another reason is that many consumers wish to experience hemp-derived products without the traditional euphoria of D9. If the effects of D9 are too strong for you, D8 could be a good alternative. Products with a higher potency aren’t always better!
What Is the Legal Status of D8 in the USA?
The fact is that the legal status of D8 is complex. Technically, hemp-derived products with a maximum of 0.3% delta 9 THC are federally legal. However, the law doesn’t reference any other THC analogs. Due to the lack of policy, substances like D8 can be considered semi-legal. In addition to this grey area, some states restrict the sale of hemp products, like D8. Be sure to check your local laws.
Where Can You Purchase D8 Products?
There are plenty of ways you can get hemp-derived D8 in the US. However, one of the issues facing the hemp industry is transparency and product safety. As a trustworthy source for premium hemp products, we feel it’s essential to have our products tested and provide lab reports online for our customers. We want you to feel confident about your purchase.
What Types of D8 Products Are Available?
The Hemp Doctor has a variety of D8 formats available for consumers. Starting with our high-quality edibles, including gummies, chocolate cereal treats, and more. We also offer full spectrum tinctures and softgels. There are also several vapes and other concentrates, flower, and prerolls.
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The bottom line, D8 is potentially 50% less potent than D9, with many of the same health and wellness benefits, which is excellent news for consumers with a low tolerance or who are trying hemp for the first time. As the market matures and grows, more innovative cannabinoid products will enter the market. Do not fear. You will be sure to get the most out of the experience if you continue educating yourself on hemp’s effects and potential risks. Stay safe and enjoy.
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Cannabis is a broad and complex topic. Many have a basic understanding of THC. Still, how much does an average consumer know about the plant and its potency?
It all starts with the Cannabaceae family of plants, cannabis, and hemp being among these species. This plant genus also includes Humulus lupulus (hops) and a wide variety of trees. Cannabis and hemp plants are part of modern-day society in countless ways. These plants can be used to make clothing, cat litter, insulation products, etc. Cannabis and hemp are used in several nutritional and wellness products. Learn about the most potent cannabinoid of all time in this article from The Hemp Doctor.
Plant Anatomy Basics
Like many other plants, cannabis and hemp have a root system, woody stem, branches containing fan leaves, sugar leaves, seeds, and flowers (or cola). The female plant has reproductive organs known as their stigma and pistil (a hair-like substance). It also has small, tear-shaped leaves referred to as bracts that protect and produce the flower. The flowers and leaves are covered in a sticky substance called trichomes, where all the chemical compounds exist. These alien-like appendages contain over 500 different substances. The largest group of compounds are cannabinoids, including delta 9 THC (or D9) and cannabidiol (CBD). The remaining compounds contain non–cannabinoid phenols, flavonoids, terpenes, alkaloids, etc.
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS): A Biological Network
In the late 1980s, scientists discovered the endocannabinoid system, or ECS, in humans and animals. This complex network comprises neurotransmitters (endocannabinoids) and cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2). The ECS system regulates and maintains many of the body’s physiological and cognitive processes. Compounds in cannabis and hemp interact with these receptors to produce a range of effects. It is difficult to say what each person might experience because everyone’s tolerance of these substances is different. Other factors include genetics and product potency, etc.
Furthermore, compounds consumed together can enhance the effects compared to using only one, such as CBD isolate. For consumers who want to experience optimal results, we recommend choosing products classified as full or broad spectrum. The current market in the US is very restrictive, so the product formats available are limited. At this time, consumers can purchase D9 in edible formats like gummies, hard candy, cookies, and chocolate.
THC: The Most Potent Component
Before we look deeper into the subject of potency, let’s start with a clear definition. Potency is defined as a substance’s total strength or concentration. The potency of the compounds found in cannabis and hemp is often shown in mg/g or as a percentage.
What is the most potent cannabinoid?
Among all the chemical compounds, D9 is one of the more abundant cannabinoids and is one of the most potent. It is also the primary psychoactive chemical with a reputation for having intoxicating effects. However, the potency of D9 sourced from hemp is much lower by law than cannabis. There are several other THC analogs, each of which has similar psychoactive properties.
What factors affect the potency of THC?
Several variables can affect the potency of the compounds found in cannabis and hemp. The strength depends on the plant’s genetics (lineage), growing conditions, harvesting methods, etc. Besides, the flowers near the top of the plant will have a higher potency than those near the bottom. Another factor affecting potency is time, as cannabinoids like THC are known to degrade.
Pro-tip: Properly storing your cannabis and hemp products will help maintain their potency. Always keep D9 edibles sealed in their original packaging, away from heat and direct sunlight.
Are products with higher THC potency better?
It’s a misconception that more THC is better. Consumers often mistake high THC for value, but there is much more to consider. When purchasing D9 or other hemp-derived products, look for retailers with regularly tested formulations. Lab testing will determine the potency of the product and can detect the presence of unwanted contaminates, pesticides, mold, etc. The Hemp Doctor provides consumers access to lab results for each product because full transparency is our priority. See the lab reports here.
How do you know what D9 product is right for you?
Selecting hemp-derived D9 comes down to personal preference. Few retailers have dried flower or concentrates featuring D9 due to federal regulations; find out why in this previous article. When trying edible products, start with a small dose and wait up to an hour before taking more.
2018 United States Farm Bill
Retailers must comply with existing FDA requirements and standards to sell legal hemp products to adult consumers in the US. This means that the industrial hemp used in the formulations can only contain a maximum of 0.3% delta 9 THC. Although federal law permits hemp products, they may not be legal in some jurisdictions due to state-specific regulations. It’s essential to learn what local laws apply in your area. To ensure our products meet these standards, we have each batch tested in-house and by a third-party laboratory.
Typically, D9 sourced from hemp will produce milder intoxicating effects than the effects felt from D9 sourced from cannabis. At this time, D9 is considered safe for consumption when purchased from a compliant retailer such as The Hemp Doctor. Now that we have explored the subject of cannabinoids and their potency, you can shop like a pro!
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It’s always exciting when a new cannabinoid product hits the mainstream – when this occurs, the hemp industry and the consumer both win. Adults in the US have more options than ever before. New products, including THC-O, HHC, and delta 8 THC (or D8), are commonplace in many parts of society. The effects of these compounds can range from non-intoxicating to highly psychoactive. This article will focus on the legality of D8, why it’s popular, and if it’s safe for consumption.
A World of Endless Possibilities
Let’s begin with the cannabis and hemp plant. These plants can produce over 500 different substances to date. With 125 in total, cannabinoids make up most of these chemical compounds. Many consumers know all about cannabinoids like delta 9 THC (D9) and cannabidiol (CBD). It’s only been a few years since compounds like D8 have become so popular.
What is D8? On the one hand, D8 is a naturally occurring substance in cannabis and hemp. It’s technically very similar to D9, the difference being the position of the double bond. However, the concentration is very low when produced naturally. Producers must synthesize this compound to create it in higher volumes for sale by converting CBD molecules in a laboratory.
When consumed, D8 will interact with cannabinoid receptors (CB1) in the brain to produce both psychoactive and therapeutic effects. The current science suggests the bond isn’t as strong as D9, making the substance less reactive or potent. This could appeal to some consumers as they can enjoy a less euphoric experience while experiencing everything hemp offers.
D8 Is Exploding in Popularity
One of the top wellness trends has been the growth of the health supplement sector. But how is the popularity of a product determined? The perceived popularity of a wellness product is based chiefly on sales data. These could include metrics like customer conversion rates, daily active users (DAU), net promoter score (NPS), and more. Amongst the latest and greatest health products to hit the market is hemp-derived D8. See what the data says and find out why consumers are buying D8.
How Popular Is Delta-8 THC?
D8 has become one of the more popular formulations in the states where hemp derivatives are legal for sale. Research by The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) has found there were as many as 22.3 million online searches in early 2021 on this particular cannabinoid. Data from the Brightfield Group also shows that sales of D8 represented 7.3% of the CBD market in 2020, which was when it became commercially available. Interestingly, this report says young city dwellers are the more prevalent customer demographics driving this trend.
Why Do Consumers Use D8?
Generally speaking, adult consumers use hemp-derived cannabinoids for a variety of reasons. Most people seek these products to help increase relaxation or mental focus. Many consume cannabis and hemp for fun to enhance a particular experience.
The accessibility of D8 is one of the most attractive factors influencing its rising popularity. Compared to products made with D9, consumers can purchase a wider variety of D8 formats. D8 also appeals to some consumers because of the milder psychoactive effects, with less paranoia. It offers an alternative to the typical couchlock you might get from D9.
Hemp-Derived Cannabinoids: The Legal Grey Area
To say that D8’s legal status is ambiguous would be an understatement. Let’s break down the main points:
- Cannabis, defined as formulations or products with more than 0.3% delta 9 THC, is still prohibited in the US. Except in states which have their own medical or recreational-use legislation.
- Hemp, defined as formulations or products containing less than 0.3% delta 9 THC, is federally legal. Unfortunately, some states have restricted the sale of hemp-derived products despite the current federal policy.
- Compounds, including D8, are in the grey area as the Farm Bill does not specify the regulation of these types of products.
This ultimately leaves room for advanced product innovation and, unfortunately, counterfeiting. The good news, some producers respect their customer’s health and well-being. To us, it makes no sense to produce wellness products that aren’t safe to consume. For complete transparency, we provide lab reports called a Certificate of Analysis for every product. This testing will verify the product’s potency, matching the information on the label. It also detects the presence of any unwanted chemicals and microbial contaminants.
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D8 Checks All the Right Boxes
Whether hemp-derived cannabinoids are new to you or if you are a legacy user, products, including D8 can be a great way to embrace self-care. It can elevate both your body and mind. While at the same time, it allows you to be present in the moment. And if purchased from a trusted retailer, it can be a safe way to have fun.
Before starting your journey, you should learn how to use D8 with intent. Everyone’s tolerance and biology can play a role, making it difficult to determine what experience each person might have. Keep your tolerance level in mind when dosing, and proceed with caution. Go low and slow.
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Exciting news for consumers! There is a myriad of unknown cannabinoids on the market today. Several psychoactive substances are emerging on the market for sale to consumers in the US. Let’s discover how and why obscure cannabinoids like delta 8 THC are taking the industry to another level.
Products made from hemp are utilized both for therapeutic and recreational purposes. But what does this mean? The term “therapeutic” can refer to something that benefits the body or mind and produces positive results. These activities and treatments help people to cope with and manage their health.
Hemp-derived cannabinoids, even though not therapeutic ingredients, are many consumers’ part of a wellness routine. Natural ingredients, such as cannabis and hemp, are desirable for people looking for an alternative to conventional medicine and other forms of treatment.
All About D8
Cannabis and hemp contain many different types of substances within the trichomes produced by the plant. Chemical compounds, including delta 9 THC and cannabidiol (CBD), are the most common. However, several other cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and alkaloids are present in the plant. Some lesser-known substances derived from cannabis or hemp include delta 8 THC (or D8), HHC, THC-O, and more. Each substance can produce very different levels of intoxication; some can be milder and some more intense. These compounds interact with receptors found in the body. ECS receptors help create physiological effects like regulating brain function, stress response, etc.
D8 is both naturally occurring and can be synthesized in a lab. Like other analogs of THC, it can be somewhat psychoactive. However, D8 is less potent than many other cannabinoids. It can bind to the cannabinoid CB1 receptor in the brain, but the bond may not be as strong as D9. Many consumers report a milder experience compared to the effects of delta 9 THC. In addition to the psychoactive effects of D8, there may also be many sensations in the body. These may include an elevated sense of perception, induced relaxation, and influenced appetite. However, further research will be needed to say what health and wellness benefits it might provide. Hemp-derived products are safe but may have unwanted health effects such as forgetfulness, time distortion, dry mouth, sleepiness, and sometimes paranoia.
New to hemp-derived D8? It is always a good idea to start with a small dose and slowly increase it while determining your tolerance to hemp-derived cannabinoids! Go in-depth about D8 here.
Why should you consume D8?
If you are an adult looking to enjoy the potential benefits of cannabis or hemp, D8 could be a good option for two reasons. First, D8 offers similar outcomes to D9 but without intense effects, like couchlock. Second, D8 is more accessible than D9 due to current government restrictions.
The Issue With Delta 8 THC
Is D8 legal in the US?
The legality of D8 is complicated. No federal law explicitly references this compound as being illegal or legal, which is one reason for its popularity. This also means that the FDA or the CDC isn’t heavily regulating these products, leaving retailers responsible to self-regulate. Self-regulation has led to the mislabeling of some products and other issues. Minimize your risk by purchasing products from a trusted source. Everything available for sale from The Hemp Doctor is safe for consumption and has undergone quality control testing in-house and by a third-party laboratory.
Although it is considered legal to sell and purchase hemp-derived D8 products, it also depends on state laws. The states that do permit the sale of legal hemp products (as of 2022) are listed here: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Washington DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Did you know about the recent Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act introduced into Senate? It intends to end the prohibition of cannabis (not just hemp) on a federal level, improving social equity and can bring economic opportunity.
Hemp-derived D8 Products from The Hemp Doctor
We offer a wide range of premium products featuring hemp-derived D8 and more. These high-quality formulations include edibles like gummies, cereal treats, lollipops, etc. If you’re looking for tinctures or softgels, we have those too—some flower and preroll options available for those wanting a more traditional experience. We also have an impressive selection of vapes and concentrates.
Preserving Your Health
The methods and remedies people use to improve their quality of life are personal and will be different for everyone. Taking care of your mental and physical health is a commitment that has numerous benefits and is worth all the effort. Along with healthy eating and regular exercise, there are a few other ways people can feel better. Getting a good night’s sleep, being mindful of your negative thoughts, and even practicing self-care rituals can be very helpful for many.
Millions of global consumers use hemp-derived cannabinoids like CBD and D8 in their routines. The wide range of uses makes hemp-derived products increasingly popular in modern-day society. According to Forbes, as many as 22.3 million online searches occurred in the US in early 2021. So, until the laws in the US change, D8 is here to stay.
While on the topic of self-improvement, there is a strategy suggested by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche; Amor Fati. Simply put, those who can master the art of being grateful for their blessings struggle less. A better quality of life can equal more happiness. Here’s to you and your wellness!
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