A simple guide to making Delta-8 THC
Did you know that Delta-8 THC is the fourth most common cannabinoid not just in the US but worldwide? As the popularity increases, so does the number of questions. People are excited to see how this unique strain of cannabis is made and what makes it so different from traditional marijuana (also known as Delta-9 THC). With the U.S. suppressing some of this information in the past few years, we are determined to do our part to ensure you fully understand what Delta-8 THC is and how it is made. Let’s begin!
A Brief History of Delta-8 THC
There are actually several names for Delta-8 THC. The scientific name is Delta-8-Tetrahydrocannabinol, so you can see why it is shortened to Delta-8, D8, Delta-8 THC, or simply Δ8 THC. Despite its recent popularity erupting a few months ago, Delta-8 THC has actually been around since 1974. The world has been researching this particular strain of cannabis for decades to the point where it is the fourth largest researched cannabinoid in the industry. Because of its confusing legality, research on Delta-8 towards the US has been largely suppressed.
However, thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, Delta-8 THC is legal as it contains less than 0.3% THC. Delta-8 THC will get you high, but it offers a more controlled, crisp high, not to be confused with the intense psychoactive effects of Delta-9 THC. Although cannabis contains delta-8 THC, it is extremely small in amount. Less than 1% of Delta-8-THC is found in dried cannabis flowers, which is why Delta-8-THC must be extracted. The extraction process consists of isolating the compound or using other cannabinoids to synthesize the delta-8 compound.
How Delta-8 THC is made
Several crucial factors play a role in the production of exquisite Delta-8 THC. The soil on which the hemp is grown should be pesticide free, dark and rich. The cannabis flowers are then carefully harvested, then dried, hardened and cut. Many of the delta 8 THC buds are full of other legal cannabinoids like CBD, CBN, and of course, CBD!
The hemp flower buds are now ready for the extraction process. First, the Delta-8 connection is isolated. The isolate is a tasteless viscous liquid that must be synthesized and refined before it can be properly distilled. A thin film distillation process with temperature and pressure fluctuations is often used to produce a high quality Delta-8 distillate. This distillate often has a Delta 8 THC content of 80% or more. Some companies are refining this 80% Delta-8 distillate to produce a higher concentration of over 99% pure Delta-8 THC.
Finally, some companies convert CBD and CBD compounds to delta-8 THC using an isomerization process. However, it does this with highly specialized equipment, which requires constant monitoring for proper monitoring. The end result is a Delta 8 THC extract that is additive and solvent free, contains less than 0.3% Delta 9 THC (which makes it legal for sale in almost all 50 states) and an incredibly high quality Delta 8 offers THC that can be incorporated into a wide variety of products.
Where can I buy Delta-8 THC products?
There are several websites that are becoming increasingly popular. Some companies that have only made CBD products are adding Delta-8 products to their offerings. Other companies have sprung up specializing in high quality Delta-8 THC products and nothing else. Since Delta-8 THC products are not yet regulated by the FDA, it is extremely important that you get your Delta-8 products from a reputable source. Check to see if the company offers independent third-party laboratory tests and verified customer reviews for its products.
As Delta-8 THC products continue to grow in popularity, here at CBD Origin we offer product reviews of the various Delta-8 products that we come into contact with. We currently have a Delta-8 review of Moonwlkr Delta-8 gummies and will be releasing a review of Elevated Wellness Delta-8 tinctures, Diamond CBD Delta-8 gums, and various Vybb Delta-8 THC products shortly.
What other THC Delta-8 products have you tried? Which company can you recommend to buy Delta 8 products? Share your experience in the comments below! As always, you can always reach us via email or social media if you have any questions or concerns about anything in this article or related to the wonderful world of cannabis. We are here for you and look forward to hearing from you soon!