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Customers can find hundreds of CBD products, from edibles to sunscreen. They can also buy cannabinoid products containing CBC, CBN, CBG, etc.

Lately, Delta 8, a byproduct of CBD, has proven popular with consumers. It was first produced by manufacturers who found themselves with a glut of CBD and processed it to produce Delta 8.

Delta 8 is closely related to Delta 9, which is basically THC: THC is technically called Delta 9-THC. THC is the intoxicating and psychoactive cannabinoid of cannabis. While THC is naturally found in Hemp and marijuana, Delta 8 is made by processing CBD through heat, pressure, and acid solvents.

Some CBD producers realized that Delta 8, which is mildly psychoactive and euphoric, is still legal thanks to a loophole in the Farm Bill that legalized the consumption of CBD. Since then, several states, including Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Vermont, New York, and Utah, have forbidden the sale of Delta-8 until more is known about this cannabinoid and more research is done on its effects.

What Is the Difference between Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC?

With the legalization of industrial Hemp and CBD, many farmers turned to growing industrial Hemp in their fields. This produced an oversupply of CBD. Thanks to human ingenuity, some manufacturers purchased the surplus CBD and processed it to produce Delta-8.

The main difference between Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC concerns a location in their molecular bond: a double bond is found on the 8th carbon chain of Delta-8 (hence the name), while that bond is positioned on the 9th carbon chain for Delta-9 THC.

This seemingly small difference makes for a drastic change in the effects of these cannabinoids: Delta-8 is only mildly intoxicating, whereas THC is potent.

Delta-8 has been found to produce a gentle feeling of euphoria and relaxation. Some people take it for relief from occasional pain, to clear their heads, and to support their mood and take away their minds from their daily frustrations.

As with other cannabinoids, Delta-8 appears to possess anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea, and anti-anxiety properties. However, there is still very little research performed on Delta-8, and findings are largely based on small studies and anecdotal evidence.

How Is Delta-8 Produced?

Delta-8 is produced from CBD isolate. Once manufacturers have a 98% CBD isolate, they mix it with a solvent and a specific acid to produce a reaction. This compound is then processed with an alkaline blend to produce Delta-8. The final product is distilled for purity.

Is Delta-8 Legal?

The 2018 Farm Bill left a grey legal area with regards to Delta-8. It does not mention Delta-8 specifically as a Schedule 1 substance, so it is not technically illegal.

The Bill also states that all cannabinoids produced from Industrial Hemp are legal, as long as the industrial Hemp contains less than 0.3% of THC. However, Delta-8 is not produced directly from Hemp but from CBD.

Does Delta-8 qualify as being derived from Hemp? This is the question that lawyers and government agencies are asked to answer. Due to Delta-8’s intoxicating properties, there is increasing apprehension and unease across state and federal legal institutions.

Is Delta-8 Dangerous?

The cannabis market is largely unregulated. There is no overseeing body that controls, regulates, and tests CBD and other cannabinoid products. Each manufacturer is self-regulating their own products and it is up to the decency and professionalism of each CBD producer to make quality, safe, and pure CBD products, and to go through third-party testing.

This makes lawmakers extra nervous about Delta-8. The processing involved to produce Delta-8 complicates their efforts to control an already uncontrolled market. Many amateur CBD manufacturers are producing Delta-8 without following proper procedures. You will even find Delta-8 products in gas stations, often from little-known producers.

Likewise, the processing involved leaves behind solvents and chemicals in the final product. These impurities are highly undesirable when taking Delta-8. In essence, Delta-8 is an unregulated cannabinoid in an unregulated industry.

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