Delta-8 THC has undoubtedly made its mark in the cannabis industry. Over the past few years, delta 8 products have developed as far as its delta 9 counterparts. From vapes to gummies, there is a way for everyone to enjoy delta 8. Now, we want to discuss something we thought was impossible for the delta 8 cannabinoid: delta 8 flower.
What is Delta 8?
Delta 8 is a cannabinoid found in both hemp and marijuana plants. Like delta-9 THC, delta-8 THC also creates a “high,” but is less intense. Although delta 8 can be naturally found in all forms of cannabis, it is only in very small amounts. While growing cannabis plants with higher amounts of delta 8 may be possible, it has yet to come around. Until then, delta 8 is synthesized for commercial use by chemically converting CBD derived from hemp. This makes delta 8 not only hemp-derived, but also federally legal according to the 2018 Farm Bill. Now, delta 8 products are found as commonly as CBD and delta 9.
How is Delta 8 Made?
Since delta 8 THC is not found in abundance naturally, it is synthesized in a laboratory by chemically converting CBD. This process allows delta 8 to be economically scalable, and creates delta 8 concentrate in the form of distillate oil. This concentrate is the basis for practically all delta 8 products. Although it is made in a lab, some may argue that delta 8 is not actually synthesized, but simply converted from CBD, as there is nothing synthetic about delta 8 since it is still the same compound naturally found in cannabis.
How is Delta 8 Flower Made?
Now that you know how delta 8 is made, you can only imagine how to create delta 8 flower. Like some delta 9 marijuana products commonly known as “moon rocks,” delta 8 flower is made by coating premium hemp flower in delta 8 infused kief and concentrate. In this case, hemp flower is coated with delta 8 concentrate, then dusted with hemp kief to resemble delta 9 flowers, but with delta 8. That way, people can consume delta 8 flower in the same way people use marijuana.
What Are Common Effects of Delta 8?
The “high” from delta 8 is similar to delta-9 THC. Many people report the high as being less intense and more tolerable than delta 9. Like delta 9, delta 8 is a psychoactive cannabinoid that can induce euphoria, muscle relaxation, pain relief, increase in appetite, anti-anxiety, and help with insomnia.
Is Delta 8 Flower Legal?
As previously mentioned, delta 8 is federally legal under the 2018 Farm Bill such as long as it contains less than 0.3% delta 9 THC by weight. That being said, delta 8 can also be regulated at the state level. If you are looking to consume delta 8 flower or any delta 8 product, it is best to conduct your own research on your local laws to make sure you are legally permitted to use and purchase delta 8.
Delta 8 flower is still a relatively new product, and can vary immensely depending on the manufacturer’s recipe. Nonetheless, we can safely say that it may be a pretty intense delta 8 experience if you were to smoke it like marijuana. Since it is coated in kief and delta 8 distillate, delta 8 flower may also burn differently than regular hemp and marijuana flower.
Delta 8 Flower Conclusion
Creating delta 8 flower is possible, but not in a way you may be used to. Delta 8 is found naturally in small amounts, forcing delta 8 businesses to create delta 8 distillate from chemically converting hemp-derived CBD concentrate. With the delta 8 concentrate, you can coat hemp flowers with the distillate to add delta 8 into its cannabinoid profile, allowing consumers to enjoy delta 8 flower the same way as marijuana.