Discover a New World of Delta 9 Gummies & Edibles With the Hemp Doctor.

D9 edibles are here! Adult consumers in the U.S. are now enjoying the benefits of the hemp plant, legally and safely. It’s more than a passing trend; infused edibles are now a fundamental part of society. Overall sales reached a total of 3.6 billion U.S. dollars in 2021, and it is a rapidly growing sector. Now that edibles are mainstream, many more people are trying these types of products and learning about the advantages of cannabinoids. Together, we’ll explore the benefits of hemp-derived D9 edibles in this beginners guide.

Key Points About Delta 9 THC

Delta 9 THC, also called D9, is a primary cannabinoid found in cannabis and hemp. It’s also the primary psychoactive compound, giving consumers a euphoric effect. The cannabis plant, besides THC, contains 540 known chemical compounds. These include a variety of other cannabinoids like cannabidiol or CBD, terpenes, and flavonoids. Each cultivar will have a different combination of these substances depending on its lineage. The compounds in hemp are very similar to cannabis. The main difference is that hemp is cultivated with a lower THC potency than cannabis. The psychoactive effects of D9 sourced from hemp are significantly milder in comparison.

These substances work with the human body, creating a wide range of health outcomes. Each compound interacts with the endocannabinoid system, activating receptors located throughout the body. CB1 and CB2 receptors are responsible for regulating critical functions like sleep, pain, mood, homeostasis, and more. To enjoy the maximum benefits of cannabis or hemp, you should know that combining different cannabis-derived compounds can also enhance the experience – this is a phenomenon referred to as the entourage effect. Products classified as full-spectrum are made from full-spectrum extract with all naturally existent compounds in hemp, such as terpenes, flavonoids, minor cannabinoids, and small THC amounts. In contrast, broad-spectrum products have non-detectable THC amounts.

Did you know? Several THC analogs exist in cannabis, including THC-a, Delta 9 THC, Delta 8 THC, THCP, and THCV. Learn about this family of compounds on The Hemp Doctor blog.

Edible Formats: A Smoke-free Alternative

Learn about the differences and advantages of the many edible formats now available!

Technically, edibles are food-based products that contain cannabinoids sourced from cannabis or hemp. These are infused with either cannabinoid extracts or concentrates. The compounds are absorbed and metabolized through the digestive tract and the liver when consumed orally through gummies and edibles. The D9 is then converted into a metabolite called 11-hydroxy tetrahydrocannabinol (11-OH-THC or 11-hydroxy-THC). It’s a substance created within the body and isn’t naturally occurring in the cannabis plant. 11-hydroxy-THC can produce a more potent high compared to the effects of inhaled products. The time this process takes depends on many factors. Sublingual formats like tinctures and beverages have an average onset time of 15 minutes, with the effects lasting for 2 to 4 hours. The onset time of food-based edibles can range from 30 minutes to a couple of hours, with the effects lasting as long as 8 hours or more.

Dosing is personal and depends on many factors, including lifestyle, tolerance, product potency, etc. Everyone experiences the effects differently, and new users should start slowly; a little goes a long way. Let’s go over a few points to get you started. Always read the product label carefully. The potency of the product may be tricky to understand at first glance. For example, gummies containing 100mg of THC per package, with ten pieces in it, will have 10mg each. A small dose of delta 9 THC is between 1mg to 5mg, usually just a bite or two.

Another helpful method is something called micro-dosing. This involves consuming smaller doses over a more extended period, giving consumers better control over their experience. This consumption type can amplify the effects of compounds like THC, thanks to something called the biphasic effect. Edibles work best when consumers take them on a full stomach. This will allow the compounds to be processed more slowly, reducing any unwanted side effects. It’s also thought that consuming edibles with other fatty foods, including cheese, may help to enhance the experience.

Some consumers reported instances when they suffered what’s called green out after overconsuming THC. This phenomenon isn’t deadly or harmful and is something that will pass with time. Consumers may feel dizziness, increased heart rate, and nausea. If this happens to you, the best strategy is to stay calm and hydrated. If you have also consumed other substances like alcohol, you should get medical help.

There are numerous products available in the U.S. market. Check out this shortlist of the more common edible formats below:

  • Soft chews, such as gummies.
  • Hard candy, including lollipops and lozenges.
  • Chocolate.
  • Baked goods like cookies, pretzels, and more.
  • Beverages of all kinds.
  • Tinctures and sprays made from a variety of carrier oils.
  • Capsules or softgels.
  • Infused ingredients like hot sauce and sugar, etc.

The Legal Landscape

Federally speaking, THC sourced from cannabis is illegal. But some states have implemented their regulations regarding this. What is federally legal is THC sourced from industrial hemp. What is the difference? It’s the potency of THC. The 2018 Farm Bill allows hemp-derived products containing a maximum of 0.3% THC to be produced and sold. Despite this, some states have restricted these types of recreational products. Every state is different.

What to Look for When Buying Edibles

The farm bill helps to reduce unregulated products from being on the market by setting testing and product labeling standards. Reputable providers will have their products tested and share the results with their consumers. When shopping for cannabinoid products, carefully read the Certificates of Analysis (COAs). This will tell you if the potency is accurate and if there are any unwanted contaminants present. The Hemp Doctor guarantees quality. Using both in-house and third-party lab testing to ensure every product meets our quality standards, see more.

High-performance Products From the Hemp Doctor

Created with quality in mind, see our current collection of premium D9:

  • Delta 9 Milk Chocolate Minis (14g per package) with 15mg of Delta 9 THC and 15mg of CBD per piece.
  • Delta 9 Peanut Butter Nuggets (1 or 25 pieces per package) with 15mg of Delta 9 THC and 15mg of Delta 8 THC in total.
  • Delta 9 THC Gummies (10 pieces per bag) with 25mg of Delta 9 THC each.
  • Downshift Gummies (20 pieces per bottle) with 7.5mg of Delta 9 THC, 1mg of CBD, 1mg of CBG, and 1mg of CBN each.
  • Delta 9 THC/Delta 8 THC Full Spectrum Gummies (15 pieces per jar) with 15mg of Delta 9 THC and 50mg of Delta 8 THC in each piece.
  • Delta 9 THC/CBD/CBN Full Spectrum Nighttime Gummies (30 pieces per jar) with 12.5mg of Delta 9 THC, 15mg of CBD and 5mg of CBN per piece.
  • Delta 9 THC/CBD Full Spectrum Gummies (30 pieces per jar) with 12.5mg of Delta 9 THC and 15mg of CBD in each gummy.

When cannabis edibles were still illegal, consumers would have to make these infused treats at home. However, homemade edibles aren’t formulated in a consistent manner and may cause more harm than good. If you are using edibles for therapeutic reasons, it’s best to purchase commercially made products. Keep your edible products in their original packaging, in an airtight container, away from light and heat. Always store your edibles safely, carefully, and away from children and pets.

Final Thoughts on Edibles

It’s interesting to watch the edibles market develop in the U.S. and beyond. States like Colorado and California are on the cutting edge of innovation, offering the most formats currently. The popularity of edibles will only increase as more formats become available, particularly in the fast-acting edible category. These products feature nanoemulsion technology which produces a more predictable experience for consumers. Some industry experts also think there will be cultivar or strain-specific edibles available sometime soon.

There are many advantages to choosing edibles for those interested in using hemp-derived cannabinoids for recreational or wellness purposes. The effects are long-lasting and are ideal for consumers looking for both discretion and convenience. It’s also a great alternative to inhaled products if you don’t want to smoke cannabis. And it’s a natural and fun way to keep your body in balance. Enjoy safely and responsibly.

The Hemp Doctor is the nation’s leading hemp and CBD provider. Our innovative hemp extraction technique ensures that virtually all beneficial hemp-derived cannabinoids and terpenes are preserved while eliminating unwanted contaminates. An independent laboratory verified the accuracy of our labeling and the purity of our product’s ingredients. Start shopping our premium selection of delta 9 THC now.

Consume these products only as directed. This content is for informational or educational purposes only and isn’t considered medical advice.