Everything you need to know about Delta-8 THC and why you should care.

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!   I’ve been testing the products for a few weeks and the results are amazing.   The effects are definitely more prominent than CBD with a moderate “high” that didn’t affect my focus.  I had no problem working throughout the day while taking Delta-8 and the medicinal effects on anxiety and pain were very apparent.  There’s even one for Sleep! To help people navigate through the hype and decide if Delta 8 is for you, I’ve prepared a full explanation of everything you need to know about Delta-8!

Delta-8 vs. Delta-9 THC

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.   This is why you will never find Delta-8 hemp flower anywhere.   Delta-8 is also considered an isomer of CBD. (This is important in a minute)  Delta-8 activates both the CB1 and CB2 receptors which why the effects are similar to CBD, but with a much stronger response.  There is no doubt that there is a moderate intoxicating effect, but to a much lesser extent than its Delta-9 counterpart.   Be aware: Delta-8 is THC, so it is very possible to test positive on a drug test.  

In contrast, 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 really shines.  

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.    Here’s where it gets interesting.

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.  Keep in mind, each state created its own cannabis laws and Delta-8 is not legal in all states.

However, the DEA is about to put a wrench in all that, no matter what state you are in.  The DEA states that any “synthetically derived” THC is still a controlled substance.  In their interpretation, this would make Delta-8 illegal in all states.    “So…. Who’s right and why should I care?”    Let’s try science for an answer! 

Put on your lab coat!  We’re in Science class!

The molecular structure between CBD, Delta-8 and Delta-9 is very similar. Therefore, it is very easy to alter one molecular structure to create another by using a catalyst, temperature controls and organic solvents. This is basically called Isomerization:  (transformation of one isomer into another)   Most of the Delta-8 on the market is derived from CBD, and as long as it is derived from Hemp, by law, it’s legal.   The hiccup comes down to whether the process to make Delta-8 is considered “synthesized” or “isomerization.”  Many people in the industry believe the reference to “synthetically derived” is referring to a man-made chemical such as K2(true synthetic MJ), and not a process by which someone at a lab isomerizes one organic molecule to another (i.e., CBD to Delta-8 THC).    

Despite the DEA’s position, this interim ruling is not set in stone and you can make a difference by letting your voice be heard.  Providing comments during a government rule-making process is a great opportunity to make your voice heard and effect change.   To submit your comments, you simply need to CLICK HERE and input “RIN 1117- AB53/ Docket No. DEA-500” in the search field.    Once it pulls up the docket, you can click the COMMENT NOW button on the right-hand side.   I did it, and it took me all of 2 minutes to make my voice heard.   

Wrap it up already!

Delta-8 has become incredibly popular lately since the effects are often more intense than CBD, but less so from marijuana.   From our tests, there is no doubt this is a game-changer in the cannabis industry.  This is especially true in states where marijuana is not legal.   In my opinion, even if MJ became legal in Texas, there is still a strong market since Delta-8 combines the increased benefits of CBD without the incapacitating effects of MJ.   Artistic Organics now carries Delta-8 in a variety of forms including Gummies, 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!  Also remember, 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.

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