Delta 8 THC: What It Is and How it Affects People:
For thousands of years, people have utilized marijuana both for its pleasurable effects and unlimited resource potential. The ways in which we’ve harvested this material has evolved greatly over time, and people are constantly searching for new ways to get high. One of the most current evolutions of this process is through the use of Delta 8 THC. Through selective growing and new extraction processes, we were able to uncover this incredible cannabinoid’s prospective potential, unlocking a new high that’s arguably better than the traditional Delta 9 THC experience.
What is Delta 8 THC?:
Delta 8-THC is one out of 100+ cannabinoids recently discovered within the cannabis flower. Similar in psychoactive properties as its cousin, the critically acclaimed Delta 9-THC, both are the only cannabinoids known to produce such effects.
Our bodies have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) which is a complex network of endocannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes that all contribute to the core-functionality of our bodies. When THC is introduced into the body, those receptors react in such a way that produces a variety of effects like: increased stimulation, appetite, mood elevation. As Delta 8 THC becomes more readily available to the public, it’s popularity and interests continue to grow.
What is the Difference Between Delta 8 and Delta 9?
On a molecular level, there are but a few atomic-bonds separating the two, which is why the numeric distinction. This minor differential, on a chemical level, can drastically alter its effects. Even though they are akin to, “sisters” Delta 8 THC is known to produce a similar high without the adverse reactions commonly experienced with Delta 9.
Is Delta 8 THC Legal?
If you reside in an area where cannabis happens to be legal, then Delta 8 THC is also legal. As long as there aren’t any prohibiting factors, it is also legal for medicinal use in certain areas. Check your state and local listings.* As long as Delta 8 THC falls within the parameters of proper hemp extraction, then it is legal for wholesale and industrial use.
What Are the Effects of Delta 8 THC?
As the low-key sibling to Delta 9, users can expect to experience similar phenomena only more mind in potency. Less likely to get you, “baked” like its counterpart, Delta 8 THC is still known for its euphoria-like feelings and complete relaxation. Without the addition of nausea and paranoia, this “Mary Jane lite” version is sure to satisfy all high’s.
Why is it so Likeable?
Delta 8 THC has a plethora of benefits to offer both medically and therapeutically. Users of it also report to have heightened abilities to both engage and concentrate – making it stand out against the, “heady” toxicities of its counterpart, Delta 9. Studies in both pain management and behavioral sciences have outlined its usefulness in aiding such; long-term users say that it’s also a great stress relief!
With revolutionary studies being made into this incredible cannabinoid, many wonder if it will bridge-the-gap between medicinal and recreational use.
Blog Post #2: CBD
Cannabinoil (aka) CBD: What It Is and Why You Should Try It
CBD, also known as Cannabinoil, has completely transformed within the hemp-industry. What was once viewed as, “taboo” is now revolutionizing the recreational and therapeutic space. Understanding what CBD is and how it can benefit you key in utilizing this incredible cannabinoid.
CBD is a chemical compound which is extracted from the cannabis plant. Unlike its renowned sibling, THC-9, CBD doesn’t have psychoactive properties. All CBD products are derived from industrialized hemp which only allots 0.3% THC. As this cannabinoid continues to streamline across this industry, it is also making headway into both the medical and therapeutic fields in a range of recovery efforts.
Can CBD Get You, “high”?
Short answer? No, it cannot. CBD, or Cannabinoil, having no psychoactive properties on its own, does not cause the expected, “high” that THC can. According to the World Health Organization, (WHO), “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…” which makes this vertiste giant of a cannabinoid widely accessible to many who could benefit from it.
Is It Legal? Yes!
With the finalization of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, both the growing of CBD and extraction of CBD from it, was made federally legal. Regardless of federal legalization, each state is allotted to set their own policies – policies which vary greatly between regions. While CBD is legal in all 50 states, some have their own requirements as to how much THC it can contain and in which forms it can be sold. Before making a purchase of any CBD products, please check your state laws and regulations!
How Can CBD Benefit You!
There are a wide variety of ways that you can utilize CBD; this ranges from edible consumption, to smokeables, and topical creams. When considering the best application for yourself, you need to first consider why you’re choosing CBD and how long you need its effects to last. Edibles tend to take a little longer for full-effect, while most smokables produce quick-relief in short spurts. When applying CBD topically, (eg. for pain) it is recommended to target the afflicted area directly.
While CBD is generally a safe, tolerable substance; everyone reacts to it a little differently. In some cases, consumers have reported fatigue, changes in appetite, or gastrointestinal discomfort. It has also been known to counteract with some medications, so it is always better to consult your physician prior to consumption. Those that take any medications with the label, “grapefruit warning” need to be especially cautionary.
CBD has shown incredible potential for providing relief for a variety of health concerns. With its increased product versatility, CBD can easily be incorporated into your daily routine!
Cannabis’ Best Kept Secret: CBG, what is it?
CBG is a cannabinoid found within the cannabis plant; it’s a non-acidic form of the parent molecule, cannabigerolic acid (or CBGA), from which all cannabinoids are synthesized. While science has known of CBG’s existence for years, it wasn’t easy to access or study. CBD exists only in small increments within the cannabis plant. New extraction and refinement processes have made research into CBG all the more accessible to scientists; they’re currently in the process of discovering its unique healing potential.
CBG vs CBD
As previously mentioned, CBG is a non-acid form of the parent molecule, cannabigerolic, or CBGA. CBGA is integral in processing such renowned cannabinoids as: THC, CBD, CBC, and CBG. While all of these share commonalities, CBG is often compared to CBD because of their non-psychoactive properties. Consequently, research has shown that CBG/CBD can actually counteract the psycho-effectiveness of THC, lowering its overall potency; this can be a great addition to your regular consumption for more mild effects.
Chemically, CBG and CBD are quite different. The cannabis plant produces prevalent amounts of CBD, while its non-acidic counterpart is found only in trace amounts. CBD and CBG also bond differently to the chemical receptors in your brain. CBD acts almost indirectly with our cannabinoid system while CBG can directly impact the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors in our brains; this knowledge does suggest the potential potency of CBG.
The Future Potential of CBG
The study of CBG is relatively new and there have been no clinical trials performed. Be that as it may, there have been promising studies made of its potential effectiveness. Some of the most notable examples of its therapeutic properties include: glaucoma treatment, antibacterial, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) treatment, neurodegenerative diseases, general anti-inflammatory and muscle treatment, and cancer and anti-tumoral growth treatments.
We’ve provided links to each study below:
Neurodegenerative Diseases: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25252936/
Anti-inflammatory/Muscle Relaxant: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16420077/
Cancer/Anti-tumoral growths: http://cannabisinternational.org/info/Non-Psychoactive-Cannabinoids.pdf
What is CBN?
Cannabinol, or CBN, is one of the many cannabinoids that are found in cannabis. It is known as a non-toxic, mildly psychoactive substance. CBN is produced by tetrahydrocannabinol, (THC) as it is slowly exposed to oxygen or heat, meaning that it is primarily sourced from aged or oxidized cannabis.
CBN was the first cannabinoid discovered by scientists in 1896 but little research has been conducted. The recent advancement of extraction processes has made this possible for scientists.
CBN vs CBD; What’s the Difference?
CBN and CBD are distinctive compounds that interact with our endocannabinoid system in different ways. CBN is a byproduct of THC whereas CBD is not; being one of the most common cannabinoids to be sourced directly from the cannabis flower.
Since CBN is found in only trace amounts, data on its metabolic effects is limited, however studies do suggest that CBN bonds directly to the CB1 and CB2 receptors in our brains to initiate a biological response.
Will It Make You High?
Solo? No. Although studies have shown that CBN is considered slightly more potent than CBD. Even though it’s effects are mild in comparison, CBN is known to possess some psychoactive properties as its cousin, THC.
Potential of CBN
While research is still being conducted on the effectiveness of CBN, studies show it lends support in a variety of therapeutic ways. The most notable are: sedation, pain relief, anti-inflammatory, and appetite stimulants.
Pain Relief: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31158702/
Appetite Stimulants: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22543671/
Is CBN Legal?
This answer is not so direct- the legalization of CBN is still being structuralized. Even though it is derived from THC, it is not on the list of Schedule I controlled substances.
A (Minor) Cannabinoid or on the Verge of a MAJOR Breakthrough?
There is still a lot of research that needs to be done before we fully understand the effectiveness of CBN, but studies show that it has incredible therapeutic potential.
Everyone’s Favorite Cannabinoid: What is Delta 9?
Delta 9, or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the most renowned cannabinoid in the market. It’s psychoactive, which just means that it’s known for getting its users high. Even though the effects vary from person-to-person, there are some generalized symptoms that seem prevalent in most cases: feelings of euphoria or relaxation, increased appetite, and heightened sensory perception.
There are over 400 active substances found within the cannabis plant; THC makes up 15-25% of that totality. Even though its sibling cannabinoids, CBD or CBG, have made quite the name for themselves and are continuing to grow and evolve within the hemp industry; THC is still considered more top of the food chain in terms of notoriety.
How Does THC Work ?
THC, and the alternate cannabinoids, affect our endocannabinoid system (ECS) This system is a complex network of cannabinoid receptors, lipids, and enzymes that all work together in conjunction with maintaining homeostasis within the body. There are 3 main components to our endocannabinoid system:
- Endocannabinoids: These are “messenger” type molecules in our bodies that are produced naturally. Their primary function is to carry messages between our nerve cells.
- Cannabinoid Receptors: These are more commonly known as CB1 or CB2 receptors. Their function is to send messages to the ECS to initiate a biological response.
- Enzymes: Their function is to break down the endocannabinoids after they’ve completed their job!
The whole process is this: when you consume THC, it then combines with the CB1/CB2 receptors, disrupting or activating them, thus creating the psychoactive effects that are most commonly associated with this particular cannabinoid.
How Do You Use THC?
There are 3 primary methods of consuming THC, they are: smokeables, edibles, and topicals.
- Smokeables: This is the most common method of THC consumption. When you inhale, the THC enters through your lungs and is passed throughout your body via your bloodstream. Users report this as being the fastest way to feel its effects – usually within minutes.
- Edibles: These are infused (with cannabis) food and beverage products. Most infusions are derived from the cannabis flower and some sort of oil/butter. Tinctures – infusions with cannabis flower and alcohol- are also effective and known to be taken sublingually under the tongue.
- Topicals: Topicals are creams, oils, balms, and lotions that are infused with the cannabis flower and are absorbed through the skin. As a non-toxic alternative to the consumables and smokables because topicals are not to be ingested; they’re ideal for anyone experiencing external, localized pain. It has been known to help soreness and inflammation also.
What are the Benefits of THC?
THC is predominantly known for its recreational use, but research studies have found it to be beneficial both medically and therapeutically, also. THC has been used to help patients that suffer with pain, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, and insomnia. It has also been utilized in treating symptoms of depression, PTSD, and anxiety.
While Delta 9, or THC, is the most renowned cannabinoid, there is so much we’re still learning about it! Hopefully this generalized overview will help you better understand how this colossal giant of a cannabinoid is making big headway across not only our market, but transitioning into the healthcare world, too!
Blog Post #6
What is Delta 10 THC?
Delta 10 THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is one out of hundreds of cannabinoids found in both hemp and cannabis flowers. It occurs so seldom and is such a challenge to extract naturally that until recently, it was overlooked as its sibling counterparts. New extraction processes have made the study of Delta 10 THC all the more possible.
Where Does Delta 10 THC Come From?
Delta 10 THC was discovered entirely by accident by a cannabis company in California called Fusion Farms. They unknowingly purchased a compromised batch of cannabis and began the typical extraction processes. The distillate was found to have crystals – these crystals, mistaken initially as CBC, was actually Delta 10 THC! Scientists have since created cleaner methods, such as combining food-grade additives with Delta 9 THC, to produce consumable Delta 10 THC.
Delta 10 vs Delta 9 vs Delta 8
Our actual question: how does Delta 10 hold up against its famous counterparts: Delta 8 and Delta 9? Our knowledge and understanding of this cannabinoid is limited and we’re still discovering its potential, but science does have a general idea of how Delta 10 can be beneficial.
Delta 10 THC does have similar psychoactive properties as Delta 9 THC, but not nearly as potent – this can be seen as desirable by many consumers. Users typically find that they’re less anxious or paranoid and feel that this, “marijuana lite” version of THC to be more palatable. In comparison to the more mellow aspects of Delta 8, Delta 10 is often described as more of a Sativa blend, boosting either energy or mood.
Is Delta 10 THC Legal?
Delta 10 THC falls under the same umbrella of legality as Delta 8 THC – as both are processed from industrialized hemp which was legalized under the Farm Bill of 2018. If Delta 10 is harvested from cannabis however, then it is illegal unless extracted in a state where recreational cannabis is legal.
Why Delta 10 THC is so Exciting!
Until recently, we didn’t even know of the existence of Delta 10 THC! Since this tiny, but mighty cannabinoid exists in such trace amounts, new extraction processes had to be developed in order to make the study of it possible.
Ideal for cannabis enthusiasts, Delta 10 THC is known for producing the same, psychoactive effects as its famous sibling, Delta 9 THC, but much milder in potency. This makes it the perfect alternative without having to worry about adverse side effects! Products that contain Delta 10 THC are few and far between, but that is quickly changing! We’re excited to see the evolution of these products on store shelves.