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What is Delta-8 THC?

Delta-8 is a form of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Most of us are only familiar with delta-9 THC, which is what most people refer to when they say THC.  Delta-8 is an isomer of delta-9 THC, which means it has the same molecular formula as but the atoms are arranged differently. THC actually has four different isomers: delta-7, delta-8, delta-9, and delta-10. 

Research suggests that delta-8 is about 66% as potent as delta-9 and has similar effects (1). This means it can get you high and produce other typical effects of THC, such as sedation. Delta-8 THC also appears to have a lower chance of causing anxiety and other common side effects of delta-9 THC, which is another reason for its popularity.

Delta-8 FAQs

Delta Munchies describes Delta 8 as the love child of Delta 9 and CBD. It’s perfectly in the middle.

CBD doesn’t contain any psychoactive ingredients, so while it still delivers all of the wonderful benefits of the cannabis plant –– help with pain, anxiety, hunger, nausea, insomnia, and more –– it won’t get you high. It’s ideal for people who want (or need) to experience the benefits of cannabis but aren’t interested in the mind-altering effects.

While Δ8 is similar to CBD in that it delivers many of the same positive effects, the difference lies in the fact that it still contains psychoactive ingredients.

 
 

THC affects everyone differently. For experienced smokers, it may feel like a more robust version of CBD. For more inexperienced smokers or those who may have a lower tolerance, it may feel like a less intense version of THC.

 
 

We suggest you take half a gummy your first time, unless you are an experienced cannabis user. Typically, people report that taking half a gummy helps them sleep, while taking a full gummy gives them a high.

 
 

Just like the rest of the cannabis plant, Δ8 binds to the CB1 receptors in your brain, which can help with things like Nausea, Insomnia, Anxiety, Restlessness, Negative mood, Pain and more. Read about more benefits here.

 

Like many areas in the cannabis industry (especially in America), this answer is constantly changing. For now, it’s mostly yes. As of 2022, it’s legal in most states.

It initially became legal because of The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, which made it possible to extract small amounts of Δ8 THC from hemp plants.

While the government creates new laws and regulations as marijuana legalization continues to expand across the country, this answer can (and probably will) change again in the future.

Please visit ‘ Is It Legal ‘ to review what your states governance is currently.

Please note: Delta-8 will show up on a drug test.

 
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Why Delta-8 is Controversial

Delta-8 THC is controversial because it offers a “legal high” in states where recreational cannabis is banned. It’s all because of a loophole in the 2018 Farm Bill that legalized hemp across the nation.

The bill limits hemp-derived products to no more than 0.3% of delta-9 THC but has no such limit for delta-8 THC. Cannabis and hemp plants naturally have low delta-8 THC levels, so legislators never bothered to mention it in the bill.

But you can also make large amounts of delta-8 from hemp-derived CBD through a fairly simple chemical process. By the bill’s definition, this delta-8 THC is considered legal.

Delta-8 THC has also generated debate about whether it counts as synthetic. The process used to create delta-8 from CBD is clearly not natural.

  • On one hand, you could argue that delta-8 THC is not synthetic because it’s made from CBD, a natural cannabinoid
  • On the other hand, you could argue that creating any new cannabinoid from another cannabinoid makes it synthetic

Some also argue that delta-8 THC is illegal because it violates the 1986 Federal Analogue Act, which bans substances that are “substantially similar” to controlled drugs.

Dosage Recommendations

As more people find themselves feeling eager to give Delta 8 THC a try, it’s natural that a lot of our customers are buzzing with questions regarding what it does, how to take it, and what is Delta 8 THC dosing guide or chart. Delta 8 is a fast-growing submarket within the hemp industry, growing at a rapid pace and seemingly popping up out of nowhere.

In reality, it’s the result of years of research that has gone into understanding cannabinoids on a deeper level. Now, you can find loads of delta 8 products available that each provide you with these fascinating effects in their own way. Delta 8 THC comes in many products including delta 8 vape cartridges, tinctures, soft gel capsules, gummies, and more!

With edibles like gummies, 10 to 40 milligrams counts as a standard dose, with 10 being ideal for total beginners.  All that you need to do is divide the number of milligrams in the total product by the number of pieces in the package to come up with the right dosage amount.

  1. Beginner Delta 8 THC dosing (low tolerance): 5mg-15mg per use
  2. Intermediate Delta 8 THC dosing (medium tolerance): 15mg-45mg per use
  3. Advanced Delta 8 THC dosing (high tolerance): 45mg-150mg+ per use

This applies to Delta 8 THC tinctures, as well as other Delta 8 THC products. Delta 8 THC is around 50-70% of the high regular Delta 9 THC will create, but it is not something to mess with. It will hit you if you take too much. However, the best way to dose out Delta 8 THC is to try a little, then keep increasing until you feel what you need. Product by product Delta 8 dosing will be shown below.

Factors to consider when dosing:

  1. Bodyweight – Generally speaking, those with a higher body weight should take slightly higher doses, and the same applies to those who have a lower body weight.
  2. Tolerance to THC – Delta 8 and delta 9 share enough in common that if you have a high tolerance to one, it will likely translate to a high tolerance to the other.
  3. Your Goals – What are you using delta 8 for?  Are you looking for a subtle sense of relaxation, or do you want to have an extraordinarily strong delta 8 experience?
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Benefits of Delta-8 Terpenes

Terpenes recently became a fascinating topic to talk about in the world of cannabis users and breeders worldwide. Along with its beautiful aroma, many people have been wondering what they are and where they come from. If you're one of these people, keep reading in order to gain knowledge on not only these two questions but also about their health benefits and why they're essential.

What are terpenes?

Terpenes or terpenoids are aromatic chemical compounds that you can usually find in hemp, marijuana, or other plants. The aroma differs from plant to plant depending on the plant strain because each specific strain has a different scent and flavor. This is why these aromatic oils are used in cannabis varieties to have flavors such as mint or berry, or citrus.

Terpenes were used in cannabis when people realized that plants used them for adaptive purposes. So instead of using it for its scent or aroma, the primary goal was to repel predators and lure pollinators. However, now terpenes have a wide variety of uses and benefits that we will talk about in a while.
Where do they come from?

Reaching the most crucial part of this article, many of you may be wondering where terpenes come from. This part might be a little complicated to understand, but we will try our best to guide you through the process with the knowledge we have.

As we've mentioned above, terpenes are compounds found in plants. One such plant is a cannabis plant, where they're produced on the trichomes. The reason that each strain is unique is that the trichomes consist of various terpenes that are responsible for this. Trichomes have everything needed for cannabis- from CBD to THCA.

For a more scientific answer, terpenes are formed by the fusion of a hydrocarbon and five carbon atoms, commonly known as isoprene. The basic structure of terpenes is one or two units of isoprenes, and the terpene is classified according to the number of units of isoprene found in it.

Why does the plant end up producing terpene? The reason plants even produce terpenes is to protect themselves from herbivores, insects, and other dangers that might be present in the environment. It's used for the plant's oxygenation and regeneration, so it's no wonder that terpenes provide immunity defenses in both people and plants

Terpenes vs. terpenoids and cannabinoids

Although used interchangeably, there is one difference between the two. Terpenes are found naturally in plants, whereas terpenoids form when the additional atoms present in them start to oxidize.

If we talk about how terpenes are different from cannabinoids, cannabinoids are chemical compounds found in cannabis. They're responsible for the therapeutic and medicinal benefits of cannabis, whereas the terpenes are responsible for providing it with flavor and smell. However, terpenes and cannabinoids work together to form entourage effects meaning that the terpenes could either help or downplay the effects of cannabinoids.

Common types of terpenes and the plants they're found in If you're looking to learn about terpenes better, here are a couple of better-known terpenes that scientists have found and their uses.

 

Limonene is a prevalent terpene that is present in citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and limes. The delightful fruity smell you're welcomed by when you open up orange is all the workings of limonene. Along with the scent, this terpene has a lot of other benefits as well. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, helps regulate mood, digestion, sleep, and also has a wide array of effects on cancer. In one study, the results showed that people who ate the rinds and the citrus fruits had fewer signs of skin cancer than people who ate only the citrus fruit. Besides this, it also reduces stress and anxiety.

There are two types of pinenes abundant in nature- a-pinene, and b-pinene. This can be found in plants like pine needles, rosemary, and basil leave. Just like limonene, this also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can protect the skin from any UV damage that the sun might cause. Not only this, b-pinene is said to produce anti-depressants in the body, and it's responsible for preventing diseases such as bronchitis or Alzheimer's in animals.

This is a monoterpene most commonly found in parsley, lemongrass, thyme, and more plants. The scent present in it is a very peppery and spicy one. The cannabis flower that was mentioned above also contains myrcene. Going onto the benefits of myrcene, this is known for its sedative effect. It has muscle relaxant properties and increases the time that we spend sleeping, so for anyone who cannot calm down or sleep well, using this would work out very well. This might also be useful against osteoarthritis as it is said that it prevents the breakdown of cartilage cells.

Humulene is an earthy spicy scent that is used in beers so that it can have a very distinct taste. This is mainly found in hops, cloves, and basil. If you're someone with a ton of allergies and you don't know how to reduce them, humulene would work out great for you. This is because humulene can fight off allergies and lower asthma levels when inhaled or taken orally. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that aren't very common in other plant terpenes. There is also preliminary evidence that humulene can guard against cancer, but researchers are still debating on this.

*Info from: https://naturesownterpenes.com/blogs/en/where-do-terpenes-come-from