You’ve probably seen more and more discussions about Delta 8 from Artistic Organics lately. It has become the store favorite with our customers almost overnight. We can certainly see why! The effects are definitely more prominent than CBD with a moderate “high”. The effects can be very apparent and vary by product. We ask our customers their opinion on every product and share them to help you choose the right product for you. To help people navigate through the hype and decide if Delta 8 is for you, we’ve prepared a full explanation of everything you need to know about Delta-8!
Delta-8 THC vs. Delta-9 THC
Delta-9 is the more commonly known THC that is found in cannabis and is famed for its psychoactive effects that drives the marijuana (MJ) market. While it does have medicinal benefits, taking Delta-9 and trying to be functional is not always easy to do. This is where Delta-8 is different. Delta-8 is one of many cannabinoids found in both Hemp and Marijuana. However, it is found in such trace amounts, that you cannot extract it economically or breed plants with a high amount of Delta 8. This is why you will never find natural Delta-8 hemp flower anywhere. (Delta 8 flower is hemp flower with Delta 8 applied to it).
|What Is Delta-8?|
|Delta-8 is considered an isomer. (isomers are two or more compounds with the same formula but a different arrangement of atoms in the molecule and different properties). While Delta-9-THC is generally considered what gets you “high” when you consume Marijuana, Delta-8’s effects are not as pronounced. People generally describe the feeling that they get after using Delta-8 as euphoric but still in the present and no anxiety. There is no doubt that there is a moderate intoxicating effect, but to a lesser extent than it’s Delta-9 counterpart. Be aware: Delta-8 is THC, so you will test positive on a drug test.|
But Wait… Is it Legal? (A non-lawyer point of view)
When the Federal Government approved the Farm Bill 2018, it essentially removed hemp from the Controlled Substance Act (CSA). Hemp is defined as:
‘‘the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”
Notice they are very specific to the type of THC in that definition. Also, note that isomers are also defined in the Bill. From this definition Delta 8 is legal. We believe that if in 2018 they knew that in 2020 delta 8 would be available, the wording might have been different.
As with many states, the State of Texas emulated their Hemp bill with the Federal Government, which indicates that isomers derived from hemp are also removed from the CSA. This makes Delta-8 legal in Texas and many other states. Each state created its own cannabis laws and Delta-8 is not legal in all states. In fact states are currently changing their laws regarding Delta 8. So expect changes in the future!
Delta-8 has become incredibly popular lately since the effects are often more intense than CBD, but less so than marijuana and you will test positive on a drug test. From our personal experiences and those of our clients, there is no doubt Delta 8 is a game-changer in the cannabis industry. This is especially true in states where marijuana is not legal. Many feel that even if marijuana became legal in Texas, there is still a strong market for Delta 8 because it is more ‘functional’ and enjoyable. Artistic Organics now carries Delta-8 in a variety of forms including Gummies, Tinctures, Daytime Tinctures, and a wide array of vape products. We’ve found that each method has its own particular onset time, effect, and duration. Let us help you dial in which one is best for you! We’re here to help you understand everything you need to know about Delta-8 and all other cannabinoids. Check out our BLOGS HERE
Disclaimer: The legal positions expressed in this article are not intended to be, and should not be construed as legal advice. The issues presented and legal theories asserted are novel. You should consult with an attorney before taking any action regarding these matters.