How to Tell if Your D8 is High Quality
Delta 8 THC has recently gained the interest of cultivators as well as cannabis and hemp users across the United States. People are choosing Delta 8 for a number of reasons, including the less intense psychoactive experience that some are calling ‘THC Lite’, which also comes with a decreased likelihood of anxiety and paranoia that is sometimes associated with THC. People also enjoy the fact that it’s likely federally legal in the United States, which means it’s legal in most places and becoming more readily available. That being said, Delta 8 THC has only recently gained attention, so there is still so much to learn about Delta 8. If you’re looking to try Delta 8 for the first time, it’s important to know it is high quality.
What is Delta 8 THC? How is it different from Delta 9 THC?
Delta 8 THC is the sister cannabinoid to the THC we are used to, Delta 9 THC. Structurally these two cannabinoids are very similar, with the only difference being the location of the carbon double bonds. In Delta 8 the bonds are on the 8th carbon chain and in Delta 9 the bonds are on the 9th carbon chain. This structure allows Delta 8 to act similarly but it’s able to bond with both cannabinoid receptors which creates the effects users are experiencing which is often described as ‘THC lite’ or even the halfway point between Delta 9 THC and CBD.
Interestingly, though Delta 8 THC is naturally occurring in cannabis, it occurs in such small quantities that it’s challenging and expensive to extract. As a result, Delta 8 is typically extracted from CBD.
How to Tell if Your D8 is High Quality
When choosing any hemp or cannabis products, such as D8, it’s important to ensure you’re getting a high-quality product. With D8 specifically, you want to make sure the product is pure and does not contain more Delta 9 THC than you were hoping for. Here are some tips on how to tell if your D8 is high quality.
Cheaper Isn’t Always a Good Thing
Since Delta 8 exists in such low quantities in both cannabis and hemp plants it’s challenging and expensive to extract. As a result, companies are using an extraction process called isomerization that converts CBD into Delta 8. Although this process may be cheaper than attempting to extract it from the plant, it requires a stable, sterile and highly technical lab in order to create a Delta 8 product that is free of contaminants. So, if products appear to be significantly cheaper than other products on the market it’s likely they’ve cut corners and the product is likely to be less pure.
Quality Starting Product
Since Delta 8 is extracted from CBD it’s important for that initial CBD product to be of high quality in order to get a high-quality D8 product. Companies should provide information on the CBD they are extracting from as well as the quality of that product.
At Laughing Buddha D8 we are committed to providing quality products by finding CBD isolates that produce the highest quality and highest concentration of D8, then converting that CBD isolates using isomerization to create a product that has an up to 96% concentration of Delta 8.
Lab Tested and Certified
Although these products are not currently regulated by the FDA, they can still be third-party lab tested which can certify the purity of the product. Not only should the products be lab-tested but these test results should be available to consumers.
Check out the lab reports section of our website for all the information you’re looking for on the quality of our products.
Not only should companies be providing their customers with Certificates of Analysis on their products but they should be open about the processes they use in creating the product. Take a look at whether their practices appear to live up to those values. Do they share lab certifications on their products? Do they share the processes they use for cultivation and extraction? Are they willing to answer customers’ questions?
Don’t hesitate to contact us at Laughing Buddha to ask any questions you have about our products or the processes used in developing our products.
The Look of the Product
A high-quality and pure D8 product is crystal clear as all contaminants have been removed and the chromophores that are responsible for the amber tint in other marijuana and hemp products are also removed. It looks like water but feels like THC.
If the D8 product isn’t completely clear that doesn’t necessarily mean it isn’t pure. In some cases, companies will add terpenes back into the product. Terpenes add the aromas we have come to associate with cannabis and hemp products but they can also add to the benefits of Delta 8 through the Entourage Effect.
Education and Research
It’s also important for companies to be invested in educating their customers to ensure they are getting the product and experience they’re looking for and are consuming the products in a safe manner. This also includes being on top of the new research as we are continually learning about this cannabinoid, how it interacts with our endocannabinoid system, and what type of experience and benefits users can expect.
Some companies attempt to jump on trends in order to capture a portion of the market without investing enough into understanding the products themselves. As a result, they may not have as high of a quality product and they are unable to effectively educate users on the products.
When trying new products it’s important to do your research in order to be confident about the company you’re purchasing from as well as the product you’re purchasing.
At Laughing Buddha D8 we are committed to providing quality products by finding CBD isolates that produce the highest quality and highest concentration of D8, then converting that CBD isolate using isomerization to create a product that has an up to 96% purity of Delta 8.
We are also committed to education on Delta 8 and our products. So, stay tuned for more exciting Delta 8 content as it continues to gain traction across the United States.