Delta 9 THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), also known simply as THC, is a popular and well known cannabinoid. Now, THC does have different forms, such as Delta 8 THC, Delta 10 THC, THC-O, and others, but since Delta 9 is the most common form of THC found in the cannabis plants, it gets to be known as THC. In this blog, we will discuss what exactly Delta 9 THC is, a little on how it’s made, why it’s legal at certain levels, benefits, and more. Read on to learn more about this psychoactive cannabinoid.
WHAT IS DELTA 9 THC?
Delta 9 THC, THC, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, Delta 9, D9, or whatever else you want to call it, is the main psychoactive chemical that is naturally occuring in cannabis plants. It is found primarily in the resin produced by the buds and leaves of female cannabis plants.
Since Delta 9 is found as a naturally occurring chemical in cannabis plants, it means it’s 100% natural. When it comes to creating Delta 9 products, though, a little more has to go into them. To keep things short and simple; THC is extracted from cannabis plants to make a concentrated extract that can then be used to create products. Another way is to convert CBD through isomerization.
Delta 9 products are the result from these processes. There are many benefits to using THC products, but let’s look at the legality of these products first.
IS DELTA 9 LEGAL?
Technically speaking, Delta 9 THC is a federally restricted substance in the United States. Fortunately, the 2018 Farm Bill made hemp and its derivatives federally legal. You can find cannabis products in states with overriding cannabis laws or in products made with hemp. Hemp is a cannabis plant that produces less than 0.3% Delta 9 THC on a dry weight basis. Even with the severely low concentrations of THC, Delta 9 products that are made from hemp can still be produced with concentrations that create the “high” experience that is associated with marijuana while being federally legal.
DELTA 9 VS DELTA 8
Delta 9 THC and Delta 8 THC are chemically similar with only a small difference. This difference may be small on the chemical level, but creates a large difference in potency. Delta 9 has been known to be 50-60% more powerful in effects and benefits than Delta 8. While you see more Delta 8 products around, Delta 9 is slowly making itself more known in states where Delta 8 is commonly seen.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS & EFFECTS OF DELTA 9?
The effects of Delta 9 THC naturally coincide with the benefits of CBD and Delta 8 THC. Check out the top 8 benefits of Delta 8 THC here. Delta 9 specifically affects both the body and the mind. The “high” that is produced can be felt in the body and mind. THC users have stated that it feels euphoric, light, and mood-boosting with calming effects, for the most part. THC users choose these products not only for their recreational high, but also for the mood-boosting properties as well as physical benefits.
Some physical benefits include;
Chronic pain relief
Reduce muscle spasms
The key to receiving the benefits without the well known side effects of paranoia and anxiety, is to dose properly.
how do you dose DELTA 9?
As with any cannabinoid and cannabidiol product, you must pay attention to dosing properly. When you properly dose your product, you get the desired effect, whether it be physical, mental, or recreational benefits.
Although the most common way for people to use Delta 9 is to smoke marijuana. However, for our purposes in discussing hemp products, you must utilize other forms like edibles since marijuana is a controlled substance and only legal in certain states.
Dosing Delta 9 isn’t as simple as taking 1 gummy and that’s it. First, ask yourself why you’re using this product. If you’re using it for the benefits, but don’t want to feel high, you might take the instructions on your product and cut it in half from the suggested starting dose. If you want to feel “high”, you might start with the suggested starting dose. The thing is, everyone and everyone’s body is different and reacts differently to these products. Even further, if these products have different strains (Indica, Sativa, Hybrid) then those react differently. Even further than that, if your product has different cannabinoids or CBD in it, then it will also react differently in your system. Our suggestion is always to start low and work your way up, making sure to wait the proper amount of time, based on what type of product you have. It’s always best to read your product’s suggested use, keeping in mind that if you’re a beginner and you start with their suggested dose size, that you will probably feel the mental effects of the “high” experience.
When it comes down to dosing, you can properly dose by paying specific attention to your particular product and by experimenting yourself. For some help on measuring your product’s success, read this blog.
TRY ALL OF OUR DELTA 9 GUMMIES
With Delta 9 gummies, we suggest to start with a half of a gummy, wait about 30-45 minutes to feel its effects. If you don’t feel anything, wait about 15 minutes more and then try another half dose. Work your way up while noticing and feeling how your body reacts to these products. Each brand and product is different in strengths, flavors, sizes, and ingredients, so there is something for everyone here!
CANNA RIVER DELTA 9 GUMMIES
Canna River Delta 9 gummies contain 5mg Broad Spectrum CBD + 5mg Delta 9 THC per gummy. Each 100mg container holds 20 gummies. Try all 6 flavors!
DELTA EXTRAX CHRONIX DELTA 9 GUMMIES
Delta Extrax has a delicious Chronix line with 2 flavors of gummies. These gummies contain 10mg Delta 9 THC per with 10 gummies in each pouch.
DELTA EXTRAX DELTA 9 GUMMIES
Delta Extrax teamed up with their sister company, Urb, to create these 10mg Delta 9 THC gummies with 10 gummies in each pack. Enjoy all 3 flavors! These can seem almost like jello shots, so feel free to put them in the fridge to firm them up a bit.
KOI DELTA 9 + CBD GUMMIES
Koi, our OG brand, also jumped on the Delta 9 train with these Delta 9 + CBD gummies. Each gummy contains 25mg CBD and 5mg Delta 9 THC. Each jar holds 20 gummies. These come in 3 delicious flavors! Combining CBD with the Delta 9 creates a super relaxing entourage effect.
Products containing less than 0.3% Delta 9 THC by dry weight are federally legal under the 2018 Farm Bill. Each state, though, has its own regulations, so make sure you check your state’s laws first.
There are many reasons to use Delta 9 products and many people can benefit from them. While Delta 9 helps with some physical issues, it also helps with certain mental illnesses, and can even be used recreationally.
Delta 8 and Delta 9 are chemically very similar with one small difference. This difference, though, changes potency. Delta 9 is 50-60% more powerful than Delta 8.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR, BRIE LOWREY
Brie Lowrey, resident Head of Customer Engagement here at The Green Dragon CBD, is a Kansas City Native now residing in St. Louis. She thrives on keeping up with social media trends, staying up-to-date on CBD news, and sending out office-wide dragon jokes. Connect with her on LinkedIn, Instagram, or read other posts by Brie.