Trying Delta-8 Gummies for the First Time? Here’s Everything You Need To Know

In the past year, it’s quite surprising how suddenly Delta-8 THC products have exploded onto the scene, revolutionizing the hemp and cannabis market for those looking to catch a high-quality buzz.

Since it’s a relatively new discovery, many people haven’t tried Delta-8 THC products yet, and still aren’t aware of how it differs from Delta-9 THC or it’s other practical benefits.

Delta-8 THC is an “alternative cannabinoid” (an industry term that describes a compound other than traditional THC or CBD) that gives you a unique buzz that you simply can’t find anywhere else. It lets you relax and unwind but also provides you with the fun, psychoactive experience that you look for when you take regular THC.

For all those total Delta-8 beginners (and those who are more in the know), here’s a crash-course to bring you up to speed with this fantastic hemp-derived cannabinoid.  

  1. Delta-8 THC is naturally present in both hemp and marijuana in varying amounts. It’s a complimentary molecule to the more famous Delta-9 THC that you’re used to.
  2. Delta-8 THC is extracted commercially from legal hemp flower to create a high-purity isolate that is then used to create vapes, gummies, enhanced flower, tinctures and more.
  3. Delta-8 THC and its products are psychoactive; its effects are typically described as less intense than a Delta-9 high and causes a body-focused buzz instead of adversely affecting the mind. 
  4. Delta-8 THC is a cannabinoid that directly interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system. It works only with CB1 receptors, affecting processes related to the brain and nervous system.
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Ready to Try Some Delta-8 THC? How About Starting With Aire Hemp Delta-8 Gummies?

Gummies are a great first step into the world of Delta-8 highs because they’re easy and convenient to take and you can enjoy a buzz without worrying about the smell or taste of hemp.

On top of that, you don’t necessarily want to smoke to get high. Or, maybe you don’t want to smoke weed because it can make you too high. Whatever the reason, THC Delta-8 gummies are a great alternative to classic marijuana products.

This is why it is crucial to find a good, reputable company to buy Delta-8 gummies from; a company that provides third-party lab testing and COA (certificate of analysis) on their website and uses the best and purest form of hemp to produce Delta-8 and other derivatives.

Aire Hemp is a leading online dispensary that specializes in high-potency Delta-8 THC gummies. Starting with organic, outdoor, US-grown hemp, they create their own Delta-8 isolate in-house through their proprietary and patented (yes, they invented and patented their own extraction method) process to create the highest grade and most chemically pure Delta-8 isolate available on the market.

Armed with this industry-leading extract, they infuse all your favorite gummies to create an easy and fun way to get those funky vibes that you’ve been chasing, all wrapped up safely—free of additives and impurities and backed up with published COAs.

Aire Hemp is a great first stop for anyone interested in Delta-8 gummies (or vapes…  or flower…)

Aire Hemp’s Delta-8 gummies come prepared with 25-50mg of Delta-8 isolate and  are made using all-natural and vegan ingredients. Instilled with Delta-8 distillate, they are fat and gluten-free, making them suitable for vegans and also those with a gluten intolerance!

And with so many flavors and types to choose from, it’s literally like being a kid at the candy store all over again!

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Available Flavors and Types: Peach Rings, Apple Rings, Watermelon Rings, Sour Gummi Bears, Sour Neon Worms, Sour Gummi Poppers, Beep Bears, Sour Patch Kids, Sour Rind Watermelon, Warheads Sour Cubes.

Aire Hemp is at the Forefront of What’s Next in the World of Alternative Cannabinoids 

It’s an exciting time in the world of alternative cannabinoids with new breakthroughs happening all the time. Aire Hemp’s chemists, scientists and technicians are the forefront of this cannabinoid revolution, actively working on the next big breakthrough and developing new products to allow people to craft their own high by combining exotic cannabinoids with other compounds. Without giving away too much, imagine the possibilities of:

  • A Delta-8 THC & Melatonin blend designed to improve relaxation and create the perfect state of mind for relaxation or deep sleep.
  • A CBG & Caffeine product line for those looking to max out their concentration & focus for crunch time and those all-nighters.
  • A mixture of THCV & Nootropics (smart drugs) for heightened brain functioning, such as improved creativity, motivation, and alertness. 

These products are closer to being a reality than you might think, so stay up to date with Aire Hemp in the future by following their social media profiles.

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With Aire Hemp, you can be sure to get authentic and reliable Delta-8 THC gummies to start your Delta-8 journey. For those looking to try some of the best delta-8 products available in the market, Aire Hemp stands out at the forefront of production, safety and product development. With a variety of flavors and formats, we’re sure you’ll find something that appeal to your taste and preference. 

Happy Delta-8 shopping!

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Can You Smoke in Space?

When Neil Armstrong took his and all of humanity’s first steps on the moon in 1969, it was a landmark moment for all of planet Earth. However, what he probably didn’t envisage, was the fact that human beings – in 2021 – still wouldn’t have ever returned. Even worse, he probably wouldn’t have thought that this lack of returning would have led to conspiring thoughts that the moon landings were fake. Sorry Neil. Nonetheless, he knew that he was and always will be the first person to ever step foot on the moon. He knew he was most definitely the highest any man has ever been. However, now people look at space and use a different definition of the word ‘high’.

An interesting question now is: can you smoke in space? Or, more specifically, can you get high off THC in space? One would think that the wonders of cannabis and the wonders of space would surely combine perfectly, however, science might not allow it to be that simple. So, can you smoke in space? Let’s find out. 

Cannabis is one of the most interesting plants on earth, but would it be possible to consume in outer space as well? Well, you’ll have to read on to find out. But regardless, if you’re interested in reading more articles like this one, make sure to subscribe to The Delta 8 Weekly Newsletter, your source for all things cannabis-related, as well as exclusive deals on exclusive deals on delta-8 THCdelta-9 THCTHCVTHCPdelta 10HHCTHC-O and other legal products.


Cannabis 

The cannabis plant has been around for centuries. First it was just a part of nature – untampered by human hands. Then it was used in religious ceremonies and for materials and clothes. After that, it’s recreational benefits became worldwide and championed, until soon it was illegalized for its questionable ‘links’ to crime. However, the true essence of cannabis has never really changed. It has been altered, synthetically edited and formatted into various consumables – but really, cannabis is still the same as it always was. When used right, the combination of the two most prominent cannabinoids inside cannabis – THC and CBD – create a feeling of relaxation and euphoria. It’s this feeling that makes cannabis something that compliments nature so well. 

Writer and novelist Arthur Clarke wrote this about the universe:

“Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.”

Clarke perfectly captures the two realities that every human being is afraid of: the feeling of being alone and the feeling of being under threat. Both are equally daunting. Space is something that confuses, scares and inspires almost all of us – and the mind-opening effects of cannabis goes hand in hand with its endless possibility.

Here is a list of the many positive feelings that THC cannabis can induce in a consumer:

  • Relaxation
  • Heightened sense
  • Euphoria
  • Giggly 
  • Creative
  • Peckish
  • Thoughtful 
  • Amused

If you’ve ever sat under the stars, enjoyed some high-THC cannabis, and looked in amazement at the universe then perhaps you’ll know – even a little bit – what smoking in space would feel like. Perhaps that’s the closest this generation will ever get. But will our grandchildren, or grandchildren’s grandchildren, or grandchildren’s grandchildren’s grandchildren be smoking in space?

Space 

Space and the universe is essentially everything. It is all planets, all stars, all galaxies, all universes, and all of time. A popular theory of the creation of the universe is that it all started with a big bang over 13 billion years ago, and that the universe has been expanding since then. With the heightened senses and lack of sense of time that cannabis can sometimes influence in people’s minds – it seems that the human mind post-THC and the universe itself have many similarities. Since the dawn of time, human beings have looked up at the sky and asked questions. They’ve desired to know more about it. 

Gravity

The first question that surely arises when thinking of smoking in space is gravity. Gravity is the force that planets have, which pulls other objects into its centre. Thus, the reason why we all don’t float off into space is because gravity from the Earth’s core is pulling all of us and other objects down towards space. However, gravity becomes weaker with distance. Therefore, in space, where distance from planets is further, gravity is almost non-existent. This is why people float in rocket ships. However, funnily enough, humans are able to digest food and drink in space. And considering that smoke is a gas, rather than a liquid or solid, it would surely be easier to consume in space than the other two. Gas barely has any weight to it anyway, which means even on earth smoke sits in the air, rather than falls to the ground. In conclusion, the wonders of cannabis would not be restricted by gravity. Thus, inhaling cannabis and allowing the THC to get into the bloodstream would be possible in space, just like it is on earth. 

Fire In Space

One thing you’d need in order to smoke in space is fire. However, fire on earth requires oxygen, and considering there is no oxygen in space, then surely fire is impossible. However, fires inside rockets or space stations are possible as they create a vacuum within the vehicle. Whilst the possibility of a fire on a spacecraft could be deadly, there has been more research in recent years where astronauts have been experimenting with fire in space. Astronauts want to discover how fire reacts in different atmospheres so that if we ever need to create life on a different planet, we’ll understand how to create one of man’s greatest needs: fire. Surely then, during one of these experiments, someone could hypothetically light up a joint and smoke in space. Or, alternatively, a dry herb vaporizer would also work in space and would require no fire whatsoever. Therefore, it wouldn’t be smoking, but it would be still cannabis. However, NASA may have made this slightly difficult. 

NASA Cannabis Ban

NASA, who have led the charge at space exploration since their moon landing in 1969, are the first port of call for new space discoveries.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) write on their website that:

Humans are driven to explore the unknown, discover new worlds, push the boundaries of our scientific and technical limits, and then push further. The intangible desire to explore and challenge the boundaries of what we know and where we have been has provided benefits to our society for centuries.

However, despite their love for space discovery, it seems they are not too keen on the wonders of cannabis. Since Ronald Reagan declared it in 1986, NASA has been a drug-free workplace. This means all employees are not allowed to use recreational drugs whether they are on or off duty. Therefore, any astronaut working for NASA, or even a passenger on a NASA space vehicle, would be unable to smoke cannabis in space. 

Elon Musk

Whilst NASA may have been leading the charge in space exploration for decades, billionaire Elon Musk and his company SpaceX are now on a mission to colonize Mars and re-define space travel. Elon Musk first became known for being the founder of Tesla, which revolutionised sustainable cars. However, in 2018, Musk made an appearance on the Joe Rogan podcast and – during a long discussion about space – he appeared to take a puff of Rogan’s cannabis joint. Surely if any company would be willing to try smoking cannabis in space then Musk and SpaceX would be the chosen ones. However, Musk got in a great deal of trouble when this footage was seen. SpaceX had to experience an extremely thorough and expensive safety investigation by NASA after Elon’s stunt. 

The bright side may be that SpaceX will potentially be teaming up with an Agri-tech company called Front Range Biosciences out of Colorado. Their aim will be to send coffee and hemp cultures to the International Space Station. The goal is to see the effects of space on agriculture. They will spend around 4 weeks in orbit, and then will return to earth. So, unfortunately, cannabis is not for consuming and most definitely not for smoking. 

The Future of Cannabis In Space

Although smoking cannabis in space may not have happened yet – or at least it hasn’t happened and been spoken about – that doesn’t mean it will never happen. The wonders of THC and space will most definitely one day unite. What Elon Musk is doing to space travel is constantly extraordinary and may perhaps one day lead to bringing human life to another planet. If this happens, and societies are built, cultures are made, then there is no doubt that cannabis would be a part of it. Humanity, cannabis and space are beautiful together.

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OpenNest Labs Unveils Afterdream with AMASS Botanics, and Pine Park with Esports Icon HECZ

Cannabis venture studio OpenNest Labs (ONL) announced two iconic drops: Afterdream—in collaboration with premium spirits brand AMASS Botanics—as well as fine quality cannabis brand Pine Park, in collaboration with esports entrepreneur and legend Hector Rodriguez aka @HECZ (or H3CZ). 


OpenNest Labs and Afterdream

Sip Afterdream on the rocks with a splash of tonic water or in a non-alcoholic cocktail. Afterdream contains 3.5 mg THC, 3.5mg CBD and 3.5mg Delta-8 per serving, blended using 14 botanicals and eight terpenes—the result being a “limb-loosening, mind-mellowing sip that mirrors the feeling that comes from drinking a strong cocktail.”

This will be AMASS’s first venture into the cannabis space after developing a portfolio of high-growth premium botanic beverages and self-care products.

“There are a lot of challenges that come with creating a beverage in the non-alc space—three of those things being education (addressed by Afterdream’s exclusive partnership with Sweet Flower in California), the drinking experience itself and liquid excellence,” ONL CEO Tyler Wakstein told High Times.

“What’s awesome about working with AMASS and their master distiller Morgan McLachlan, is that she solves the liquid excellence problem; an area in canna-beverages that’s been completely disregarded,” he said. “If any other cannabis beverage on the market took away the cannabis element, no one would enjoy sipping them. During the creation of Afterdream, we purposely took the opposite approach and started with a base formulation that goes through a rigorous distillation process, thoughtfully integrating botanics and terpenes that compliment each other, ultimately creating an incredible taste profile. The result is unlike anything else available on the market today.”

Wakstein went on to say that you can’t deny that more people are moving away from consuming alcohol and even joints on a regular basis—moving toward wellness solutions that are going to relieve stress, reduce anxiety or produce a euphoric high. “Cannabis is at the intersection of these desires,” Waksten said. “You can feel the excitement around the alternatives that are popping up on the market and it’s been inspiring to be able to guide the sober-curious toward a new possibility, the canna-curious.”

Afterdream is made in California and available exclusively at Sweet Flower both online and in all four southern California dispensary locations for $70.


OpenNest Labs and Pine Park

Given the announcement of Pine Park, could this be where esports and cannabis collide? There are 3.1 billion gamers worldwide, amounting to a global market of $162 billion with a CAGR of 10.5 percent by 2026. Pine Park spearheads this vacant gap in the industry by directly engaging with HECZ’s network of millions of devoted fans—quickly becoming one the most anticipated cannabis launches this year.

“HECZ is co-founder, CEO and a lead investor in Pine Park,” said Wakstein. “HECZ is one of the world’s most notable leaders in the gaming space. Not only is he interested in learning about the therapeutic potentials of cannabis, but he’s excited to use his platform and serve as both a tour guide and educator for his fans who are learning alongside him. HECZ has also been a great partner in that he’s passionate about bridging a gap between esports and wellness solutions by sharing his accumulation of knowledge about cannabis in a thoughtful way.”

Wakstein went on to explain that the esports star is fundamentally involved with every aspect of the business—from sourcing the flower, choosing strains from our farm partners, to creating content. The team is excited to continue developing THC and hemp products under the Pine Park umbrella with him in the months to come.

HECZ is a Call of Duty player and investor, currently the co-CEO of NRG Esports and the CEO of OpTic Chicago. With his expertise, plus the background behind AMASS, Afterdream is poised to shake up the esports and cannabis worlds.

Hector “HECZ” Rodriguez is co-founder, CEO and a lead investor in Pine Park. Photo Courtesy of Pine Park.

“Cannabis is, and always has been, an essential part of my life,” said HECZ. “Now that cannabis is legalizing, I wanted to responsibly introduce it to my community. OpenNest Labs understood my vision and helped me bring Pine Park to life. I’m thrilled to be working with their team, and together, we’ve landed on a brand and business strategy that’s become one of the proudest accomplishments of my career to date.”

ONL’s mission is to launch and incubate leading cannabis brands in innovation and expansion, but leading the development of creating an equitable global cannabis market—earning backing from investors such as M13, Babel Ventures, Coran Capshaw and more.

With a genuine commitment to the equitable development of the industry, ONL and HECZ have conceived Pine Park from the ground up—bringing the world’s first esports cannabis brand to life.

Pine Park will be available for retail online and in-store in October 2021.

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Ardent FX Product Review

If you’ve stunk up your house getting your flower ready for edibles, you’ve surely thought there has to be a better way. The good news is that Ardent has created a solution and, as a bonus, provided an oven to bake your edibles in! Keep reading to learn more about how this may be the […]

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Artificial High – The History of Cannabis Synthetics

The idea that cannabis exists as a pharmaceutical product, is still strange to people like me who grew up with the plant as the only form of ingestion. Whereas some medications have no natural counterpart, like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Benadryl (diphenhydramine), some do, like anything based off cannabis. And we know the plant itself works fine, but that hasn’t stopped an immense amount of research into synthetic cannabis, and the production of synthetic cannabis products. Here we’ll take a look at the history of cannabis synthetics, and what can be expected in the future.

The history of cannabis synthetics is important because it’s a large part of today’s current market, including products like delta-8 THC. Though delta-8 is naturally occurring, it does require human synthetization help to provide large quantities, which means the dealt-8 we use in products, is all synthetic. We’re into quality cannabis products, whether naturally occurring or synthetic, and have a nice selection of delta-8 THC, delta 10 THCTHCVTHC-OHHC, THCP and even legal hemp-derived Delta-9 THC products. Subscribe to the Delta 8 Weekly and check ’em out!

What is a synthetic?

First things first, when talking about the history of cannabis synthetics, or simply what the synthetic version of something is, it’s best to know what we’re talking about. According Dictionary.com, the definition of ‘synthetic’ encompasses several principals. Under adjective, the definitions that relate to cannabis are:

  • Of, pertaining to, proceeding by, or involving synthesis (opposed to analytic).
  • Noting or pertaining to compounds formed through a chemical process by human agency, as opposed to those of natural origin: synthetic vitamins; synthetic fiber.
  • Not real or genuine; artificial; feigned: a synthetic chuckle at a poor joke.

Under noun, the following relates to cannabis:

  • Something made by a synthetic, or chemical, process.
  • Substances or products made by chemical synthesis, as plastics or artificial fibers.
  • The science or industry concerned with such products.

A synthetic is something that was created, rather than occurring naturally, although this not does negate that a naturally-occurring compound can also come as a synthetic. A synthetic is something that is not real or genuine, but is instead artificial. Synthetics are made through a process, and studying synthetics, means studying the process of making artificial products. Thus, synthetic cannabis compounds, are compounds that do not exist in nature on their own (or which do, but still require synthetization help outside of nature for products), and are manufactured by human production. This can relate to much more than just cannabis. For example, a lot of clothing uses synthetic plastic fibers rather than natural ones like cotton or hemp.

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Main points of cannabis research

When talking about the history of cannabis research in general, two of the occurrences that stand out the most are related to the isolation of certain compounds: the two main compounds of the cannabis plant. By isolating a compound, researchers can understand what it is, how it’s made, and are then able to synthesize it, and modify it. The two most spoken about findings in cannabis history are these:

1940 – The funny thing about the solation of CBD, is that it gets way less attention than the isolation of delta-9 THC, even as the current CBD industry booms. In fact, the name Doctor Roger Adams is way less known than Raphael Mechoulam, the guy up next. However, back in 1940, Roger Adams and his team at the University of Illinois, were the first to isolate CBD. In 1940, the team published their findings here: Structure of Cannabidiol, a Product Isolated from the Marihuana Extract of Minnesota Wild Hemp. It should be noted, that while Adams was not the first one to synthesize delta-9 completely, he was the first one to identify it, and he did do a partial synthesis.

1964 – Doctor Raphael Mechoulam, an Israeli researcher from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, isolated delta-9 THC for the first time in 1964. Mechoulam and team published their findings here: Isolation, Structure, and Partial Synthesis of an Active Constituent of Hashish. Since this time, Mechoulam has been a leader in the industry, actively taking part in research, and even discovering this synthetic cannabinoid in 2020, called HB 580, or cannabidiolic acid methyl ester. And this at the ripe old age of 90. Mechoulam is still the president of The Multidisciplinary Center for Cannabinoid Research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Tons of other research has been done into different compounds within the cannabis plant, its history of use, and how it can be used today. But somehow, the isolation of these two main cannabinoids stands out as beacons in the history of cannabis research. And it’s through the finding of these compounds, that the history of cannabis synthetics began.

History of cannabis synthetics

If you’ll notice from the publication put out by Mechoulam and team in 1964, in the title it directly states that not only did they identify delta-9 THC, but they did a partial synthesis of the compound. What does this mean if delta-9 does appear in nature? It means, the researchers were able to isolate and map the compound, and that they then attempted to re-create it themselves, without help from nature. The ‘isolation’ is the part where the single molecule can be taken and studied, its chemical formula identified, and its chemical structure mapped. The ‘synthesis’ part is when the same molecule is created through human production. This might make it seem like the history of cannabis synthetics started here, but once again, it was really the other guy.

The thing about Roger Adams, is that he didn’t just isolate CBD, he isolated CBN (cannabinol), identified delta-9 THC as well, and was able to show the relationship between CBD, CBN and delta-9, as the three are isomers to each other. Not only that, he was able to synthesize analogues of CBN and delta-9, meaning he was able to create artificial versions of these cannabinoid analogues. He wasn’t, however, the only one doing this at that time!

cannabinoids

Enter Doctor Alexander Todd, the British researcher who was neck and neck with Roger Adams, and who received a Nobel prize for his work with nucleotides. In 1940, while at the University of Manchester, at the age of only 32, and working with a very small research group, Todd was able to isolate CBD from a sample of hashish from India. He published his findings in the journal Nature in 1940. Adams submitted his first notes on CBD in 1939 to the Journal of America Chemical Society, making him technically first over Todd. Todd’s version was without detail originally, with a full detailed version published in March of 1940 in the Journal of Chemical Society

Adams’ early synthetization of cannabinoids can be seen in his published research, which additionally shows a partial synthesis of delta-9 THC. Both Adams and Todd showed the isolation of CBN, which was fully mapped before CBD. Adams takes the win for first providing the structure of CBD, though Todd was right there with him. In fact, the two scientists spent a few years dueling in the scientific press, each publishing their findings as they came to them, in direct competition with each other. Later on, the two scientists became good friends and even worked together. It should be pointed out that the goal of both scientists had been to find the intoxicating agent of cannabis (delta-9), which neither ever established for sure.

During this time, delta-9 THC was not synthesized fully, though it was identified. But other compounds were synthesized, like CBN, CBD, and analogues of these cannabinoids and delta-9. CBN seems to be the very first cannabinoid that was synthesized in the quest to find delta-9, which CBN was assumed to be very closely related to. This makes CBN and CBD the first examples of synthetic cannabinoids, even though they do appear in nature. This reinforces the idea that a naturally occurring compound, can also be produced in synthetic form.

Cannabis synthetics today

We could have a whole debate about why cannabis was illegalized, and the part that pharmaceutical companies played in it, as a way to minimize use of a plant that couldn’t be patented. And while we could go back and forth on that one, the results of it can be seen clearly in today’s world. For example, while the US government likes to talk about how bad synthetics are, it also approved synthetic cannabinoid medications like Dronabinol, Epidiolex, and Sativex, and this in place of allowing the actual plant which has been used for thousands of years. This means, the only cannabis medications approved in the US, are synthetics.

In a great example of how far a government will go to protect pharmaceutical interests, France literally went to court with the EU over the ability to block sales and imports of naturally-occurring CBD. Of course, what the majority of reporters missed in the story, was that while France went on and on about the dangers of CBD (which it failed to back up in court), it was allowing GW Pharmaceuticals’ Epidiolex, a synthetic version of CBD, to be sold. Kind of seems like France wasn’t actually all that against CBD, huh?

At this point, there are about a million synthetic cannabinoids out. From non-naturally occurring like THC-O-Acetate, delta-10 THC, and canabidiolic acid methyl ester, to naturally occurring, like delta-8 THC, Dronabinol (THC), and Epidiolex (cannabidiol). And then, of course, there are the compounds that are generally thought of as synthetic, like Spice and K2, although these are no more or less synthetic than the pharmaceutical versions being sold to patients, and were discovered through the same lines of research. In fact, the compound that led to spice and K2, was none other than HHC, which was created in a lab in a search to find a simplified, yet working, THC compound. THC-O-Acetate was also an early street synthetic, possibly put out by the military, as the military was doing testing on this compound, and it seems to have shown up in public around that time.

legal cannabis synthetics

Some of the first non-naturally occurring cannabinoids to be synthesized were non-naturally occurring delta THCs like delta-7 THC and delta-10 THC, synthesized around the time that Adams first identified delta-9. The very first cannabis medicine to be approved in the US, was Dronabinol, under the name of Marinol, which gained FDA approval in 1985. Marinol, of course, is synthetic, meaning the very first cannabis medicine allowed in current day America, is synthetic. Clearly the US is A-okay with synthetics.

What can be expected in the future should be obvious. Use of the plant will likely not be stopped, but increasing pressure will probably be put on consumers to buy pharmaceutical products. The demonization and smear campaigns for cannabis will in all probability continue since they incite fear, and can be used to push the pharmaceutical ‘better answer’. And though this ‘better answer’ might prove to be true for people fighting ailments like cancer, for many people, nothing more than the plant would ever be necessary.

Conclusion

It might not be very well known, but the history of cannabis synthetics started at around the same time as the first major breakthrough in cannabis research. Adams and Todd led the charge in the early 40’s, identifying isolating, and synthesizing CBD and CBN, making them the first isolated cannabinoids, and the first examples of synthetic cannabis compounds.

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Should THC be Considered a Performance-Enhancing Drug?

When Maradonna and Lance Armstrong were both found to be using performance enhancing drugs, the world had to take a step back and rethink their sports heroes. In many people’s eyes, the greatest footballer and the greatest cyclist had both decided to – in want of a better word – cheat their way to victory. In fact, any use of performance-enhancing drugs – which are decided by the World Anti-Doping Agency – are completely illegal and will cause the user to face suspension or even lifetime bans. However, the question is, what constitutes a performance-enhancing drug?

Why are some drugs chosen to be banned and others aren’t? And, of course, what about THC and cannabis? There is no doubt that certain drugs can give an athlete an unfair advantage, but whether THC sits within this realm is controversial. 

Could THC possibly be used as a performance enhancing drug? What about delta-8 THC? This alternate form of THC provides users with slightly less psychoactive effect, less cloudiness in the head, and more overall energy, which makes it a possibility for active users. Which one is better for you and working out (or just sitting around)? Best way to find out, is to try and see. We’ve got an array of great delta-8 THCdelta 10thcv, thcp, hhc THC-O deals. Pick a product, and give it a shot. See what works best for you! Subscribe to The Delta 8 Weekly Newsletter for more articles like this one and exclusive deals on flowers, vapes, edibles, and other legal THC products!


Performance Enhancing Drugs

So, what is a drug and what makes it performance enhancing? A drug in its simplest form is: ‘a medicine or other substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body’. Obviously not all drugs are considered performance-enhancing, as some are prescribed to treat physical or mental health conditions. Therefore, the World Anti-Doping Agency – who have been regulating the use of drugs in sport for millennia – have criteria that decides if a drug should be banned or not. The WADA states that a drug should be banned from sport-use if:

  • It has the potential to enhance sport performance;
  • It represents an actual or potential health risk to the Athlete;
  • It violates the spirit of sport (this definition is outlined in the Code).

As you can see, the criteria is slightly vague and, in a way, all drugs could somehow fit within them. For example, if a athlete uses paracetamol to treat a headache, does that count as performance-enhancing? The most obvious way to decide if a drug would be included in the WADA list would be to judge if it was performance-enhancing or not. Of course there are drugs that have been created and designed to enhance people’s abilities in sports. These same drugs will crop up a lot in various cases where athletes have utilised them for victory. Therefore, let’s take a look at some of the most common performance-enhancing drugs. 

Anabolic Steroids 

Anabolic steroids are used by many athletes to increase their muscle strength. The substance produces testosterone, which is used to help muscle building. For body builders especially, this drug can have some performance-enhancing tendencies. Some more dangerous versions of anabolic steroids are called: ‘designer steroids’. These are designed to be undetectable by drug tests. However, this means that they have not been tested. Some people have suffered infertility and baldness as a consequence of this drug.  

Diuretics 

Diuretics can help decrease an athlete’s weight by changing the natural balance of electrolytes in the body. The decrease of water in the body, which the substance causes, can lead to a ‘prefered’ weight for the athlete. Also, Diuretics is often called the ‘masking’ agent as the dilution of the urine can sometimes help athletes pass drug tests incorrectly. 

Erythropoietin 

Erythropoietin, or EPO, is the same performance-enhancing drug that Lance Armstrong took. Why? Well, EPO is a hormone which is usually used to treat Anemia. The drug increases the amount of oxygen that is carried to the body’s organs. This enhances performance in endurance sports like cycling because it improves the movement of oxygen to the muscles. Again, the overuse of these drugs can cause some detrimental effects.  

What Are The Common Traits?

In order to decide if THC should also be part of the WADA performance-enhancing team, then let’s take a look at what are the common traits in these three stated drugs. In all Diuretics, EPO and Anabolic Steroids, there is an example of a shifting of body functions that changes the way the body creates certain chemicals. This creates a short-term atmosphere within the body that enhances the athlete’s ability. However, over time, this short-term shift can cause negative long-term effects. Does THC do the same?

The Wonders of THC

Let’s first remind ourselves of the wonders of tetrahydrocannabinol before judging if it should or should not be part of the WADA list. THC is a major cannabinoid within the cannabis plant and is responsible for the well-known ‘high’ effects. THC is used both recreationally and medically because of its enjoyable and helpful benefits. Recreationally, it can be used to cause: 

  • Relaxation
  • Euphoria
  • Giggliness
  • Creativity 
  • Amusement
  • Sensory Enhancement

THC is also now being used more to treat physical and mental problems. Although lots of governments around the world have not legalized it, self-medicating THC is common. Here a list of the some of the problems it treats: 

  • Cancer Symptoms
  • Epilepsy
  • Loss of Appetite 
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Chronic Pain 
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Seizures
  • Tourettes

With THC being used by many people both recreationally and medically, the question is: is it on the World Anti-Doping Agency list?

THC In Sport

WADA considers THC to be a performance-enhancing drug. This is despite the fact that many countries have now legalized THC, such as the Netherlands, Spain and 19 states in America. In 2011, the WADA published a paper in Sports Medicine, which highlighted the reasons why cannabis, and more specifically THC, is on the list of performance-enhancing drugs. 

  • “Athletes who smoke cannabis or Spice in-competition potentially endanger themselves and others because of increased risk taking, slower reaction times and poor executive function or decision making.”
  • “Based on current animal and human studies as well as on interviews with athletes and information from the field, cannabis can be performance enhancing for some athletes and sports disciplines.”
  • “Use of illicit drugs that are harmful to health and that may have performance-enhancing properties is not consistent with the athlete as a role model for young people around the world”.

The most recent case of cannabis in sports was very recently. In June 2021, Sha’Carri Richardson – the female US Olympic sprinter – was found positive for THC in her medical test. She even went on TV and admitted to the use of it, stating that she was using cannabis to deal with the recent death of her mother. She was given a 1 month ban and will now not race in the 100m sprint in the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics. This decision, despite being eligible by the WADA rules, has caused much outrage. 

Should THC be considered a Performance-Enhancing Drug?

Whilst the World Anti-Doping Agency has one idea, the answer should surely be a no. It seems that the WADA are stuck in time, unable to accept modern cannabis research and are outright stubborn. Margaret Haney, who is a professor of Nerubiology at Colombia University, states that:

 “the evidence is extraordinary weak…(cannabis).reduces reaction time and has other effects that would worsen performance ”

In fact, the reason why Richardson’s ban was only 1 month in length was because the WADA accepted that her use of cannabis was not to do with the competition, unrelated to sport performance, and was done because she was suffering bereavement. However, they still felt a ban of any length was necessary. 

Overview

If we look at THC and compare it to the other performance-enhancing drugs its hard to see why WADA have included it on the list. THC may enhance senses in an enjoyment sense – colours, sounds and tastes – but ultimately, the benefits of the drug don’t reach a performance-enhancing nature. THC has many benefits but, as any cannabis consumer would tell you, sports and THC certainly do not go hand in hand. Sports could become more enjoyable, like having a beer whilst kicking a football around, but competitive sports is not something that THC would help you with. Some people may argue that THC can calm you down or relax you before competing. However, so can meditation. So can alcohol. So can cigarettes. But what do you reckon? Do you think THC should be considered a performance-enhancing drug?

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Nakkia Gold on Weed, Uplifting Youth and Rising in the Hip-Hop World

When we caught up with singer, songwriter and producer Nakkia Gold, she was chilling in her kitchen, smoking a joint and happy to talk about her newly exploding musical career.

From uplifting women and weed to rising in the star-studded ranks (all while staying focused on paying it forward to youth), we talked all things positive with Nakkia Gold. Freshly riding the waves of success from her recent release of “Justice (Get Up, Stand Up)” featuring the powerhouses of Wiz Khalifa and Bob Marley and The Wailers, here’s the conversation.

How did you first get started making music?

I fell in love with music at a very young age. I was always dancing, and when I danced, I would be singing the song instead of doing the dance, or remembering the dance because of the specific words in the songs. And I was always in church. Then, when I figured out I was able to create my own world and write my own songs, and say and do what I want, it made me fall even more deeply in love.

Who helped you along the way, and what all went into your journey of getting into music?

I grew up in South Central Los Angeles, so I got to see a lot of hip-hop and street artists really make it from nothing, just by telling their story. When I found out I was able to create my own world within music and write my story, like Nipsey Hussle, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, like everybody from here, I wanted to do that for my community.

I kind of want to do that for my generation as well. There’s an opening for lesbian, gay women, and I want to be the face of LA and show that we can do it, too. So, just getting that confidence and assurance, and coming from where I’ve come from gave me more of a drive to do more for not just myself, but for my community.

How did you get into cannabis activism, and how does it show up in your music?

I dealt with social anxiety for a long time as a kid, so when I was introduced to cannabis, I was able to let everything go, no more stress. Now I don’t have to take medication for pain. When I feel sore after I go to the gym, I use CBD as well, so not just the THC part of it. I use the medicinal part. I use CBD bath bombs and body oil.

Also, cannabis really helps me create well; it opens up my creative space and my mind so that when I’m writing, I’m not concentrating on stress or what I’m going through in my personal life. I’m able to let it all go and really be myself and speak my truth without worrying about anything.

In terms of legalization, what changes do you hope to see, especially when it comes to people of color being incarcerated for cannabis?

I’d like people to be able to see the medical benefits, and finally just have legal use because it’s not hurting anybody. I feel like if the world would just hit a blunt sometimes, or a bowl, everybody would be cool. No one would be stressed out.

I think elderly people should be able to have a little weed sometimes if they want to. It’s not like we have deaths or people doing crazy stuff on it. I feel like everybody needs to be able to smoke up without consequences.

Do you find yourself working that, and other cannabis themes, into your music?

Oh yes, I definitely incorporate those themes. I mean, I did a song with Bob Marley and Wiz Khalifa, so how could I not? I think it’s well-branded that everywhere I go, I have a nice bag with me.

As a queer person in hip-hop, do you feel there is acceptance, or is there still a lot of work the community needs to do?

I feel like we have overcome a lot of hurdles, and I feel like there’s still a lot of teaching and a lot of learning out there for people to do as far as the people who don’t accept it. They have to understand, love is love, and we can’t fight who we love; we just can’t.

Where do you hope to see your career in five to 10 years?

In the stars, amongst those who are excelling. I want to drop a few albums; I want to go on tour. I want to do a lot of collaboration. I want to see more of people building their communities, and I want to see change in where I live. I want to help the homeless and make different foundations and organizations to help people. I want to create spaces for kids who don’t have money and benefits.

Can you tell us more about what inspired you to create those spaces for youth?

I was a teacher for a while, so I’ve seen the effect that music can have on kids in education, so that’s really, really deep in me. I’m going to create a foundation that’s like an after school program, but not one where you just give a kid a ball and let them go in the yard.

I want to incorporate and give them a trade, teach them something that they can do afterwords and carry on with their life so they can have skills that can make them money later on, whether it be music, dance, acting, plumbing or construction. I can give them a couple hours after school, and instead of sitting there just bouncing a ball, let’s do something physical.

Do you have anything in the works in terms of touring plans?

Nothing official yet, but when I tour, I want to head straight for Atlanta. I want to go to Atlanta first, and then back home and just go crazy all over again.

So you’d love to just play in those cities where hip-hop shows really pop off so that it’s a crazy time?

Yes, absolutely. That’s what it’s all about.

To stay up-to-date with Nakkia Gold, check her out on Instagram or her official website.

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Zkittlez: The Unique Cannabis Strain That Lets You Taste the Rainbow

Gobs of aroma and flavor await openers of bags of Zkittlez — one of America’s most trending, flavorful, fragrant and award-winning cannabis strains.

Zkittlez surfaced slowly over the last five years, originating from a single garden in the West Coast’s most dominant farm — 3rd Gen Fam, winners of 38 awards, including Grand Prize of Chalice California for their Zkittlez rosin processed by Moonshine Melts.

The lovely, pungent, balanced indica hybrid strain began when the 3rd Gen Fam gifted “Brandon” a cut of Zkittlez, which he took and ran with.

It was a cross of a primal grape-flavored strain and another local grapefruit-tasting strain, as well as likely something with fuel in it. Zkittlez lacked bag appeal, but more than made up for it with gobs of tropical candy terps and wholesome, positive effects.

“When we first introduced it to people, we could only do it in joints and pass it around to our friends,” Brandon said. “If they were to see the jar, they would be dogging us right away. It was a blessing and a curse. When we passed it to [rapper, businessman] Berner, we couldn’t show him — it was just too ugly.” 

Zkittlez demonstrates how a high-THC count alone cannot match copious terpenes— which contribute to an ‘entourage effect’ far bigger than higher-THC-testing flowers. If THC is the engine, terpenes are the wheels.

Zkittlez leaves a strong impact on people who try it. Exhibit A: seven awards won in four weeks, including the title belt in the World Secret Cup with an old school Zkittlez bubble hash. 

“[Zkittles] handles like a beauty —it’s enjoyable no matter what… but I’m really proud of that one,” Brandon said. “That made me feel really good. The solventless revolution is here.” 

Zkittlez genetics are now available through the Fam’s “Dying Breed Seeds” label. And look out for a new line of exotics with Berner, under the “Connoisseur Union” brand — including Rose, Dragonfruit and The Lemonge.

Look

Zkittlez looks like an indica hybrid — with its dense, moderate-to-small size and rounded density. It features copious pistils, which are reddish brown, gold and blond over a medium-green to lime-green color.

Smell

Cannabis aficionados love this strain for its huge nose, which isn’t loud like gasoline, but more thick and syrupy sweet. It’s the precise ratio of linalool (floral), humulene (hops), limonene (lemons), myrcene (perfume), pinene (pine), nerolidol (orange) and terpinolene (fuel) that creates the inviting aroma and strong yet balanced effects.

Feel

Zkittlez feels moderately dense and powdery with THC resin as opposed to sticky. Its fused leaves break apart nice and chewy rather than locking the grinder. Great for Js, bowls, vapes — you name it.

Taste

That huge terpene load translates into huge tastes as well — a rainbow gobstopper of sugary orange and pine, with a floral-fuel bite, then orange again.

Effect

Fast onset, physical relaxation and mental stress relief with neither couch-lock nor raciness.

Condition

Indica hybrids are often used by patients managing anxiety and chronic stress, as well as depression. Many report it can also relieve pain and nausea. Outdoor versions of Zkittlez are the perfect accompaniment to inner-tubing a lazy river. It’s too enjoyable to ruin on hard work. It’s brunch weed, or back-from-the-club weed. Not go-to-the-club weed. You’re going to be content, so don’t put too much on the agenda. Go see a chill movie, or just Netflix and chill.

Zkittlez fast facts:

  • Breeder: 3rd Gen Fam/Terp Hogz
  • Grown by: various
  • Type: Indica hybrid
  • Genetics: Original Dallas Grape Ape X Humboldt Grapefruit X [undisclosed]
  • Flowering: 56 -63 days
  • Yield: High

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Hemp-Derived THC Products vs Cannabis-Derived THC Products

If you’ve been keeping up with market trends, you’ve likely noticed there has been a lot of talk about ‘hemp-derived THC products’, and you might be wondering what makes them unique and how they differ from marijuana-derived THC products. Short story, it’s just a legal technicality, but let’s dig a little deeper into why this loophole exists and what it means for consumers.  

As far as cannabis products go, hemp-derived THC still reigns king. Whether you’re looking for Delta 8, Delta 9 THC, Delta 10, THCP, THCV, HHC and even THC-O, you’ll find all of it in our newsletter: The Delta 8 Weekly. Subscribe for more articles like this one and exclusive deals on flowers, vape, edibles, and other products.


Hemp-Derived vs Marijuana-Derived

Simply put, hemp-derived THC products are sourced from high-CBD industrial hemp plants, grown for its fiber, seeds, and extraction uses, whereas marijuana-derived THC products come from high-THC marijuana, like what you would find at dispensary. So why does it matter? On a molecular level, both THCs are exactly the same regardless of where they are extracted from. And logically, it makes more sense to extract from plants that already are THC-dominant, rather than using up a bunch of hemp plant matter for the low levels of extractable THC.

The reason it makes any difference at all is purely legal. As defined by the 2018 farm bill, the hemp variety of cannabis is legal so long as it contains a maximum of 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis. Anything more than that, and it’s considered marijuana, which is illegal. Therefore, any products created from marijuana-derived THC, are also illegal. By default, that same THC can be extracted from hemp and it’s legal.

The implications here are huge for the industry, as it provides a nice legal loophole through which businesses can sell THC products. This is important because statistics show that traditional THC-based cannabis products are still most popular, and consumers have access to a variety of legal THC products, both Delta 8 and Delta 9.

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What is THC?

When we talk about tetrahydrocannabinols as a whole, we are referring to a specific chemical structure known as C21H30O2. This chemical structure is basically the umbrella under which numerous different-yet-very-similar compounds can be created. These molecules, known as isomers, have the same chemical formula but the arrangement of atoms within the molecule can vary – like how the words ‘live’ and “evil’ have the exact same letters, but once you switch up the configuration a bit, the words take on completely different meanings.

Take all the delta THC’s, for example. In Delta 9 THC – which is the most abundant psychoactive compound in cannabis – the ‘9’ represents where the double bond occurs, in this case, on the 9th atom in the carbon chain. When the double bond moves to the 8th atom, it becomes Delta 8 THC, which is an isomer of Delta 9. The same holds true for Delta 10 THC, which is an isomer of Delta 9 with the double bond located on the 10th atom in the chain.

The difference between Delta 8 and Delta 10 is that Delta 8 is a naturally occurring isomer formed via the oxidation of Delta 9 THC, whereas Delta 10 can only be created synthetically. And speaking of synthetics, let’s quickly discuss THC-O-Acetate. This compound is an analog of THC, meaning its chemical structure is similar to delta 9, but differs more than an isomer.

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Then we have 11-hydroxy-THC, which has the chemical formula C21H30O3. Although it has ‘THC’ in the name, 11-hydroxy is not THC, nor is it an isomer or analog of THC. Rather, it is metabolite of THC and technically an endocannabinoid, created when our bodies digest any type of tetrahydrocannabinols. It has a very similar chemical structure to all THCs, but as you can see, there is one extra oxygen molecule making this a completely different compound, with similar, but reportedly much more powerful, effects.

THCP, on the other hand, is a special type of THC analog called a homolog. A homolog is a molecule belonging to a series of compounds that differ from each other by a repeating unit. In this scenario, the repeating unit is the alkyl side chain. Delta 9 THC has a 5-term alkyl side chain, which means that it contains 5 total carbon atoms. THCP has an elongated 7-term chain.

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A Bit More About Hemp-Derived Delta 9 THC Products

We’ve grown pretty accustomed to delta 9 THC being federally illegal, while other similar compounds like delta 8 and delta 10 slip under the radar. Using the 0.3% cutoff and a bit of legal workaround, companies have found ways to sell delta 9 THC products that actually ARE legal everywhere in the US.

Let’s quickly revert back to the 2018 Farm Bill, which states that any naturally-derived cannabis compounds are legal, so long as they come from hemp. And the same applies at the end of the production line. The finished product – be it gummies, vape liquid, topicals, or anything else – needs to have less than 0.3 percent total Delta 9 THC.

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I personally have only tried the hemp-derived D9 THC gummies from Urb Effex, which are available in our newsletter. However, searching online I was able to find some vape carts that were described as containing “legal Delta 9 THC”, as well as gummies and edibles that had a combination of both Delta 8 and Delta 9 THCs.

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As this trend continues to take root, we’ll see an increase of legal D9 products being sold online, in head shops and gas stations, and so on. Currently, Delta 9 THC remains the most popular cannabis compound on the market, and the only reason we don’t see more of it is simply because it has been prohibited for a long time (as opposed to CBD products that can be found ANYWHERE these days).

In addition to this recently discovered legal loophole, there are tons of Delta 8 THC products as well. Although D8 is not quite as potent as D9, it can still serve as a nice replacement when the occasion calls for it. As a matter of fact, some people prefer it because it provides a slight high without the intensity and anxiety that some people feel from D9.

Have you tried any hemp-derived THC products? If so, which ones are your favorites? To join the discussion, drop us a line in the comment section below! And remember to subscribe to The Delta 8 Weekly Newsletter for exclusive deals on legal THC products.

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8 Reasons to Try Delta-8 THC Before it’s Too Late

Delta-8 THC’s popularity has skyrocketed, but its days appear to be numbered. Although Delta-8 THC is legal at the federal level, more and more states are banning or restricting its sale across the United States. If you can still buy Delta-8 THC where you live, we recommend trying it before it’s too late. 

Delta-8 is not just THC for those who can’t get “regular” Delta-9-THC (hereafter called “THC”). It has its own, unique benefits, including offering a happy, clear-headed high with less risk of anxiety or paranoia than THC. It offers health benefits for pain, inflammation, nausea and more. Amazingly, scientific research even shows that Delta-8 THC could help you lose weight while making you eat more! (A 50-day experiment found that mice given Delta-8 THC ate 22 percent more than usual but lost 20 percent of their original body weight.) Have we convinced you yet?!

Unfortunately, there’s a lot of sketchy Delta-8 THC online and in gas stations and shops. For the highest quality Delta-8 THC, as well as other rare cannabinoids and full-spectrum Hawaiian CBD, we recommend Rare Cannabinoid Company’s products. They were the first to create a pure THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin) tincture and are about to launch the world’s first pure CBDV (cannabidivarin) oil. 

With Rare Cannabinoid Company’s vast apothecary (all produced in a cGMP facility and third-party lab tested), you can also mix and match Delta-8 THC with stimulating THCV for an energy and appetite suppression, combine it with CBN (cannabinol) for a dreamy night’s sleep, with CBC (cannabichromene) for depression, CBG (cannabigerol) for pain and inflammation, or CBDA (cannabidiolic acid) for nausea.

We’ll explain the eight reasons you should try Delta-8 THC before it’s too late, but first, let’s dive into what Delta-8 THC really is. 

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What is Delta-8 THC?

Delta-8 THC is a hemp-derived cannabinoid that is very similar to the THC found in cannabis. Delta-8 THC can promote euphoria, elation and relieve symptoms. Scroll down for scientific studies on chemotherapy-related nausea, pain, inflammation, weight control and more. 

Does Delta-8 THC get you high?

Yes, Delta-8 THC is intoxicating, with most users saying it feels about half to two-thirds as strong as THC. Many say it offers a positive, uplifting experience where they feel more in control and sociable than with THC. 

What’s the difference between Delta-8 THC and THC? 

The two cannabinoids are chemically and functionally nearly identical. They both have a double bond, but Delta-8 has it on the eighth carbon, while Delta-9 has it on the ninth. This difference slightly alters the way they affect the human endocannabinoid system (ECS). 

Is Delta-8 THC legal?

Most Delta-8 THC is derived from hemp. Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp (cannabis containing less than 0.3 percent THC) can be grown and used for extraction across the United States. This means that Delta-8 THC is federally legal even in states where THC is illegal. However, as new legislation comes into place, this loophole could be closed. More and more states are banning Delta-8 THC due to its intoxicating properties.

Can Delta-8 THC be shipped to me?

It depends where you live. Delta-8 THC is federally legal in the United States However, some states are banning it. Brands such as Rare Cannabinoid Company offer free U.S. shipping on orders over $49. However, if your particular state has banned Delta-8 THC, it cannot be shipped to you—just like it can’t be sold in stores there. 

Can I buy Delta-8 THC in a cannabis dispensary?

Again, it depends where you live. Some states require that each dispensary grows and produces all of the products it sells. Since dispensaries normally sell THC from cannabis, it is unlikely that they would grow a field of hemp specifically for making Delta-8 THC. 

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What are the benefits of Delta-8 THC?

1. Eat more and lose weight with Delta-8 THC
Can you really eat more and lose weight with Delta-8 THC? We listed this benefit first, as it’s so extraordinary. Unlike THCV, which is known for suppressing appetite, Delta-8 THC will definitely give you the munchies. In fact, this scientific experiment found that mice who were given Delta-8 THC ate significantly more than those given THC. 

Over 50 days, the mice given Delta-8 THC ate 22 percent more than usual. However, amazingly, they lost 20 percent of their original body weight! In addition to weight loss, their activity levels and cognitive function also improved. The scientists who ran the experiment concluded that the cannabinoid could be a “therapeutic agent in the treatment of weight disorders.” 

In general, cannabis users have lower body mass indexes and are less prone to obesity than non-cannabis users, according to this research. Scientists believe this is because cannabis use speeds up metabolism, and Delta-8 THC appears to have a key role in helping people burn more calories faster. 

If you want to increase your chances of weight loss with cannabis even further, we’d recommend taking THCV. This cannabinoid decreases hunger, making it easier for people to attain a calorie deficit and lose weight faster. Buy THCV here.

2. Delta-8 THC offers a happy, controllable high.

While some seek out the strongest cannabis flower, dabs and shatter to get obliterated, many prefer a happy, more controllable, high—at least for some activities or daytime use. Delta-8 THC is intoxicating but in a mellower, more functional way, with users’ descriptions ranging from uplifting and energizing to calming and relaxing. 

This makes it easier to take it in the morning, on a long flight, at family get-togethers or other occasions where you’d like to take the edge off without being too high to talk or move. Delta-8 THC’s lower level of psychoactivity also makes it more tolerable for those using hemp/cannabis for health and wellness benefits. (Warning: Do not drive a vehicle or operate machinery while using Delta-8 THC.)

3. Delta-8 THC may lower anxiety and improve mood.

Feeling anxious or depressed? Delta-8 THC may be able to help. Compounds in hemp and cannabis can increase levels of the brain’s “bliss” chemical, anandamide. While a little THC can often improve mood, too much can do the opposite and increase mental and emotional instability. Delta-8 THC’s mellower high appears more likely to improve mood with less risk of triggering anxiety, paranoia or depression. 

Microdosing Delta-8 THC could also help one’s mental state without being as intoxicating. It may also be helpful to combine Delta-8 THC with CBC (cannabichromene) and/or CBD (cannabidiol). This is because CBC has been found to be the best non-psychoactive cannabinoid for raising anandamide and CBD positively affects dopamine and serotonin levels. See studies on CBC, CBD and THC for depression here. 

Each cannabinoid offers unique health and wellness properties. Combine them with each other or add them to Rare Cannabinoid Company’s full-spectrum Hawaiian CBD, or your favorite full- or broad-spectrum THC or CBD oil, for an enhanced entourage effect. Photo courtesy of Rare Cannabinoid Company.

4. Delta-8 THC is 200 percent more effective than THC for nausea.

Delta-8 THC appears hugely successful at reducing nausea and vomiting. This scientific experiment—”An efficient new cannabinoid antiemetic in pediatric oncology”—was carried out on child cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy to see if Delta-8 THC could prevent nausea and vomiting. Amazingly, vomiting was prevented in all 480 treatment sessions. 

The United States government also has a patent for Delta-8 THC which states that it is 200 percent more effective at treating nausea than THC. 

CBDA (cannabidiolic acid) is also well-known for reducing nausea and preventing anticipatory nausea (which occurs when people begin vomiting at the sight of a chemotherapy treatment center or place where they have experienced extreme nausea in the past.) Delta-8 THC and CBDA can be combined for even more nausea relief.

5. Best for combining with THCV or CBN

Want to recreate your favorite cannabis sativa or indica? THCV offers a stimulating boost of energy and suppresses appetite. A 1:1 combo of THCV with Delta-8 THC closely mimics the feel of Durban Poison or Doug’s Varin. Meanwhile, CBN (cannabinol) is the best cannabinoid for deep relaxation and improved sleep. A 1:1 combo of CBN and Delta-8 THC feels akin to Hindu Kush or Grandaddy Purple. 

Rare Cannabinoid Company’s 500mg purified tinctures make it extremely easy to mix and match according to your needs or desires. Delta-8 THC’s mellow high is ideal for fun and easy dosing. Buy Delta-8 THC, THCV and CBN here.

6. Delta-8 THC is helpful for pain and inflammation relief.

Cannabis patients have long reported relief from pain and inflammation and scientific studies show that Delta-8 THC may be especially useful.  This 2018 study showed that Delta-8 THC reduced corneal pain and inflammation. This separate 2020 study also found Delta-8 THC effective at reducing ocular pain and inflammation. Delta-8 THC may also be helpful for patients suffering from painful gastrointestinal (GI) problems including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) as seen in this medical review

Rare cannabinoid CBG (cannabigerol) could also be combined with Delta-8 THC, as it is being studied for use against many diseases, as you can see in this Leafly article: “Is CBG better than CBD and THC for pain, inflammation, and aging?” 

7. Delta-8 THC may improve cognitive function.

Dementias, including Alzheimer’s disease, take a huge toll on patients and their families. Research shows that Delta-8 THC shows potential for treating these devastating illnesses. This study on mice found that even very low doses of Delta-8 THC altered neurotransmitter levels and improved cognitive function. 

This separate study found that Delta-8 THC increased acetylcholine levels (ACH) in the brain, which is important, as Alzheimer’s disease is linked to declining levels of Ach.

There is also a lot of research on CBC showing it may be helpful in the treatment of cognitive decline. 

8. Delta-8 THC may fight cancer tumors.

Scientific studies suggest that Delta-8 THC might influence the growth of cancer cells and tumors. In this study, mice who were given Delta-8 THC for 20 days showed a significant reduction in tumor size and increase in survival time. 

Many of Delta-8 THC’s benefits are interlinked. It’s mellower high makes it easier for users to take advantage of its health and wellness properties. From first-time users to those trying to take the edge off an important event, Delta-8 THC is worth giving a try. Oh, and don’t forget you might be able to eat more and lose weight too! 

Different cannabinoids each have different benefits and can be added to your THC or CBD regime to enhance particular effects. To learn more and buy Delta-8 THC you can visit Rare Cannabinoid Company. They also have a sister brand, Hawaiian Choice, which specializes in broad spectrum Hawaiian CBD tinctures infused with terpenes, topicals and edibles that are all infused with real Hawaiian fruits, essential oils or Big Island honey. After all, a real Hawaiian CBD gummy may be just what you need when Delta-8 THC gives you the munchies!

Transport yourself to paradise with products from Hawaiian Choice, Rare Cannabinoid Company’s sister brand. Photo courtesy of Rare Cannabinoid Company.

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