Delta-8 THC has been touted as a better, and safer alternative to recreational marijuana. It’s basically a plant with delta-8 thc, which is THC. Medical marijuana has high levels of delta-9-THC; this is not the case with THC. The reason why delta-8 is a better substance for medical marijuana is because it has been shown to be more effective at absorbing through the lungs when the delta-9-THC is present.
So why does delta-8 legal, pharmaceutical grade cannabis have higher amounts of THC than other cannabis products? The answer is quite simple. Other pharmaceutical grade cannabis, hemp extracts, and oils are derived from cannabis plants through a process called trans-residual acid amination, which is essentially a fancy way of stating that the oils are soaked with the resin of the plant. When this saturated oil is made into a liquid and then turned into a pharmaceutical product, it is given a different batch number than the plants in which they were harvested, meaning that the potency of the final product will be significantly lower than if the plants had not been harvested.
This process also accounts for why many prescription painkillers and antibiotics containing delta-8 thc have a waxy quality to them. Because the resin from the cannabis plant is so highly concentrated, it is difficult for the body to metabolize it. In fact, humans rarely metabolize high concentrations of anything, and the same can be said for the delta-8 thc in medicinal marijuana. Therefore, instead of being used as a source of medicine, the cannabis plant is being used as an ingredient in many pharmaceuticals.
Legal delta-8 THC
In order to be able to legally sell delta-8 products, manufacturers need to use a process that ensures the product is not contaminated with traces of delta-8 THC. Since many of the ingredients in delta-8 products are derived from cannabis, manufacturers are required to file an SAR (specifically designated as a “control” document) with the FDA before using the ingredient. This control document is an authorization that states that the company has followed all necessary procedures in fulfilling the manufacturer’s obligations to test for and maintain compliance with the Controlled Substances Act. This authorization is also a statement that says that the company has not discovered any threat to public safety or to consumers. Thus, it is important to note that the only way to become compliant is to completely and fully comply with all of the CSA’s regulations, which includes not only the application of delta-8 THC but also the manufacturing and packaging processes necessary to make delta-8 products legal in the eyes of the law.
This makes it especially important that companies that craft delta-8 thc/cannabis products be aware of how their processes may affect patients with potential side effects from the psychoactive properties of the plant. For this reason, manufacturers must be sure to only use non-psychoactive ingredients in all phases of the process through from seedling planting, to harvesting, to storage, to distribution. In fact, some companies have chosen to contract with local growers who grow marijuana legally under regulated conditions and then supplement that grow with delta-8 THC. A local grower might be a better fit for someone just getting started with making psychoactive concentrated plants, since they already know exactly how to cultivate and control its phytonutrients and psychoactivity.
There is no question that delta-8 THC are highly concentrated forms of cannabis. However, they remain in the cannabis plants until they are harvested, which means that even in non-legalized grow facilities, consumers may be exposed to these concentrated forms of cannabis even when they are not growing or selling it. Therefore, it is critical for companies to completely follow all applicable state and local laws and regulations before using delta-8 thc. Consumers need to make sure that the products they purchase do not contain concentrated forms of cannabis and that the source of the cannabis product does not include any concentrated form of delta-8 THC.