Endless possibilities! By now, many consumers have familiarized themselves with cannabinoids like delta 9 THC and cannabidiol (CBD). However, few are aware of the existence of delta 8 THC. Adult consumers in the US are now discovering its advantages, creating new demand on the market. Below we explain what D8 is and what happens when you combine it with other compounds, such as CBD and more.
Hemp Derivatives Explained
Cannabis and hemp contain numerous chemical compounds, including a variety of cannabinoids. The most abundant are THC and CBD. Did you know there are many forms of THC? This well-known compound starts out as THC-a; once exposed to heat (decarbed) it’s converted into delta 9 THC or D9. Another THC analog is delta 8 THC or D8. It’s very similar to D9. However, it’s considered less psychoactive in comparison. D8 is naturally occurring and reaches very low concentrations in cannabis plants.
The history of D8 goes back to the 1940s when the American organic Chemist Roger Adams first discovered it. Although science has known about delta 8 THC for over 80 years, only recently has it been brought into the mainstream. Delta 8 has grown in popularity since the introduction of the 2018 Farm Bill, which has allowed some cannabinoids legal leeway.
At this time, there are a few different methods of consumption. Of course, there are traditional options like dried flower, vapes, prerolls, etc. There are also many ingestible products, including chocolates, gummies, softgels, and tinctures. Topicals are also available from most retailers and make a great introductory product for those who prefer external applications.
How is D8 legal in the US?
Hemp-derived products which contain a maximum of 0.3% delta 9 THC are federally legal. This includes D8 formulations sourced from industrial hemp. Even so, a handful of states have restricted the sale of any THC type, even delta 8. Always check your local laws before purchase and consumption.
Are delta 8 THC and CBD the same thing?
D8 and CBD are two completely different substances. They both come from the cannabis or hemp plant, but this is where the similarities end. They activate different receptors in the body, producing different therapeutic effects. D8 can be mildly euphoric for many consumers. In contrast, CBD is non-intoxicating.
Can D8 products get me high?
As previously mentioned, compounds like D9 and D8 can have psychoactive effects. The advantage is that D8 will cause mild euphoria if you prefer a less intense experience. If you are concerned about passing a drug test for any reason, consider broad-spectrum or isolate CBD products instead.
What might confuse some consumers is the different formulations available; there are three types currently. Full spectrum products have all the compounds found in the plant, such as THC and CBD. Products referred to as broad-spectrum are made without THC, and isolate products are usually just CBD.
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Maximize Your Experience
These chemical compounds can interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) to produce various effects. This system comprises a network of receptors throughout the body in the brain, central nervous system, immune system, and even under the skin. The CB1 receptors regulate many important functions, including emotion, coordination, appetite, etc. And the CB2 receptors can modulate organ functions, the immune system, and more. The effects of D8 can vary from consumer to consumer. Everyone’s tolerance is different; what works for one person may not work for another.
What’s important is that you understand the value of full spectrum (or whole-plant medicine) if you want to experience peak performance. You see, these cannabinoids all have different impacts when used alone. But there’s some early evidence that the compounds work better together than alone. It’s a phenomenon called the entourage effect. This means that there are endless possibilities when it comes to the advantages of full spectrum formulations.
Can you mix CBD and D8?
Absolutely. It’s considered safe to combine compounds like CBD and D8 together. There are some health risks associated with consuming cannabis and hemp; these are generally minor. Experts agree that cannabis is well tolerated by most people. If you want to experience all that hemp-derived cannabinoids offer and are budget conscious, full spectrum products are worth trying. Always purchase D8 from providers who test their products using independent laboratories. This information is found on our website.
If D8 is your thing, The Hemp Doctor has the product for you! We offer a range of formats to please every consumer’s taste and preference. See this short list of our featured selections:
- 500mg D8 Koko Nuggz chocolate-covered cereal treats have approximately 10 pieces (60gm or 2.1oz) in each jar and are available in several fabulous flavors.
- Delta-8 THC Medibles containing 20 gummies with 30mg of Delta 8 THC in each piece. These also come in a wide variety of delicious flavors.
- Delta 8 THC Oil Tincture is made with natural and food-grade terpenes. It comes in two formats, 500mg and 1000mg bottles. Get either full spectrum D8 or D8 and CBN.
Full Spectrum: Final Words
It is a fact; full spectrum products offer the best value compared to broad spectrum and isolate products. They can provide the most powerful effects and are widely accessible to most Americans. For those wanting to supplement their healthy lifestyle, full spectrum products just make sense. Don’t be nervous if you’re new. We recommend starting with a low dose and increasing the dosage only if you feel it is needed. It is possible to develop a tolerance, something which can reduce the product’s overall effectiveness. Please use D8 in moderation and enjoy!
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