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Delta 8 THC, also referred to as Delta-8, is “almost” THC. Technically, what we know as “THC” is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, a cousin of today’s star: delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol. We will talk more about the difference between them later.
Delta-8 is a cannabis compound found in small amounts in cannabis and hemp plants. Though not an easy compound to extract directly from the plant (in fact, it needs more processing than extracting CBD), it is more and more demanded due to its remarkable similarity to what we commonly know as THC, with the big difference of being legal in many states across the US – Thirty-eight to be precise.
Delta 8 THC is commercialized through Delta 8 THC flower. There is no such thing as an actual Delta 8 flower, though, but what they are is a regular hemp flower, infused with Delta-8 THC concentrate, creating an “altered” flower that you can consume legally in some places.
Since not many studies have yet been made on Delta 8, finding the most reliable sources for buying Delta 8 THC flower is essential. All trustworthy producers have a website or a source of information, including the origin and processing of the hemp plant.
I highly suggest reading through this data to make sure you are purchasing high-quality material. If you know of a provider who does not even have a place to go to and read about their product, I would say stay away.
Once you have the necessary information at hand, make sure you get the specifics on the following two details:
I also like to check if the manufacturers offer various strains since it is nice to taste different herbs from one provider once you know it’s the one you are comfortable purchasing from.
This said the next section would walk you through some of the highest-ranked Delta 8 THC Flower brands out there.
I highly recommend checking out Delta Effex’s website to understand what I mean by thoroughly communicating all the necessary information to choose your flower well. They are not only certified in different, critical fields, but they also include information about their lab tests and have a very cute “Learning Center” devoted to giving you the information you need about Delta 8 per se.
They also sell Bubba Kush OG, but the Sour Diesel Premium Delta 8 THC Flower is the house specialty, a bit intense when you smell it for the first time. Still, you start loving it immediately after you try it, especially if you need concentration and creativity in your mind with one same joint.
This brand is unique for its craftsmanship and has an exciting way of infusing the hemp flowers to get the Delta-8 THC on them. Instead of spraying the distillate on the flower in liquid form, they freeze the Delta-8 concentrate and then crush it once it’s solid, turning the distillate into a powder that infuses the flower more evenly and avoids harshness sticky textures on the bud.
Their Pineapple Haze Delta 8 flower has less than 0.3% of “regular” THC, making it legal in most states, 12% of CBD, and 4% of Delta-8 THC, making this creamy pineapple Sativa a great option if you are looking for something pleasant and smooth to consume at any time of the day.
From brand name to product presentation, Bearly Legal is my personal favorite when it comes to marketing sexiness. The Bearly Legal Delta 8 THC Moonrock description is also super transparent and to the point, something I value a lot since I hate scrolling down for ages until I find what I’m looking for.
Presented in a glass jar topped with a Bamboo Lid, you will get 3.5 grams of certified nuggets of relaxation and pleasure. Go easy on the dose you smoke the first time so that you can understand their potency and its effect on your body.
Finally, a brand that has a wide variety of strains, exactly 11 to pick from! ATLRx is ideal for those of us who like to stick with one provider. They also use frozen powder to infuse their hemp flowers and offer different CBD ratios to Delta 8 in each of their strains.
OG Kush is the composition I tend toward, containing 10.05% Delta 8 and 14.78% CBD, but I suggest going through the entire list to find exactly what you’re into and even try mixing them up.
Primarily focused on CBD, the Plain Jane Delta 8 Legendary Hemp Flower produces a soothing effect, ideal for relieving pain and helping out with sleep. I am not a huge fan of their website, it is hard to find information on THC or CBD composition, and the lab results are hard to read since they are presented as a screenshot of the actual tests.
If you’re one of those, who prefer to leave the rolling for someone else, the Diamond CBD Chill Plus Delta-8 THC Premium Pre-Roll is precisely what you need. Including the Lifter Pre-Roll option, Diamond CBD has nailed the pre-rolled business when it comes to Delta-8.
The Bubba Kush Indica strain is my go-to roll for the evenings. I need to pull it out of the cute little jar and take the puff from the 75 mg of Delta-8 to get a great night’s sleep. The website includes the lab sheet and a thorough description of its products, including some common questions and customer reviews.
With a 1:1 ratio of CBD to Delta-8, this Fortified Special Sauce CBD/Delta 8 Hemp Flower is your go-to flower for relaxing and chilling after a physically or mentally exhausting day. It has excellent reviews and precise information.
Similar from a chemical perspective, since they both have a double bond in their structures, Delta-8 and delta-9 (regular THC) bind to our endocannabinoid system, giving us the feeling of being high due to the intoxicating effects of said double bond.
What makes them chemically different is that Delta-9 THC has the double bond on the ninth carbon atom of its chain, while Delta-8 THC has it on the eighth one (hence their names).
This is thought to be the reason why Delta-8 THC is less potent – that is, it doesn’t give you such a high – than Delta-9 THC. It will get you high, though, but not as much. This can be positive for those who want a smoother ride, but mainly for those who want to consume weed legally.
Most of the effects that Delta-8 THC produces are the same as regular THC. Happiness, relief, sleepiness, you name it. Again, all the same, but less potent than your average Delta-9.
Side effects are also comparable to regular THC, like bloodshot eyes, paranoia, dryness in your mouth, etc. At the time of this article, Delta-8 has not been studied enough, but so far, it seems to be about the same as regular THC.
I cannot insist enough on checking on the background of the companies when you’re buying any weed product online. Being a unique product, it is essential that you don’t get sold anything and that all the rights tests and certifications are there.
The brands shown here are all well known in the cannabis space, and you can safely buy from them. The internet is a tricky place, even more, when it comes to cannabis. So avoid shady websites or brands and go with any of the above-mentioned.
On a final note, the legal status of Delta 8 products is currently changing a lot. Despite it being legal almost all over the country, we suggest you check your local policies before purchasing any D8 product online.
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