Delta-8-THC flower is a lot like traditional cannabis flower—you can smoke it, vape it, and you can even make homemade edibles with it. The question is, does Delta-8-THC flower need to be decarbed like traditional cannabis flower?
Thankfully, no, Delta-8-THC flower doesn’t need to be decarbed. The Delta-8 found in D8 flower already exists in an active form. That means that you can easily use it to infuse oils to create homemade baked goods or other DIY Delta-8 edible recipes, but there still may be some benefits to just using a Delta-8 concentrate for this purpose.
Let's touch on why Delta-8-THC doesn't need to be decarbed and why it's still may not be the best option for making edibles:Table of Contents
The process for making Delta-8 flower is much different than the process for making Delta-9 flower. With Delta-9, or traditional cannabis flower, the flower is grown and harvested at a point where it is rich in THCa. This tetrahydrocannabinolic acid is not yet active, so it needs to be exposed to heat, or decarbed, before it produces any psychoactive effects.
In other words, exposing cannabis to heat is what transforms THCa into THC. If you've ever made edibles at home with traditional cannabis flower, you know that decarbing your bud is a crucial first step to making potent edibles.
Delta-8-THC distillate is a potent form of Delta-8 concentrate that is already fully activated and ready to go. It's actually the form of Delta-8-THC that's used to make most, if not all, Delta-8 products on the market.
So, why is Delta-8 flower different from Delta-9 flower in this regard? Because Delta-8-THC is hard to source in natural, unprocessed hemp material. Delta-8 is a natural cannabinoid, but because it's a byproduct of Delta-9-THC degradation, it's more easily sourced from high-THC cannabis material.
In order to make it legal according to federal hemp laws, manufacturers use hemp-derived CBD material and a special manufacturing process (called isomerization) to make Delta-8-THC concentrate. Thus, the Delta-8 material that is sprayed onto low-THC hemp flower is activated and will incite psychoactive effects without being heated.
Since Delta-8 flower is fully decarbed, the next obvious question is "Can you still use it to make Delta-8 edibles?"
The answer is yes, you can use Delta-8-THC flower to make edibles, and you could just skip the first step of decarbing the bud. In fact, you could actually just eat Delta-8-THC flowers straight and you would still get high, although we obviously don't recommend that route when there are perfectly good edibles available.
It's important to understand that Delta-8 is a product that's addedto the hemp flower and is not partof the hemp flower. That means that while making edibles, like a Delta-8 infused oil that you could make brownies with, you're essentially just leaching the Delta-8 distillate out of the flower.
But if you're just after the Delta-8-THC, you may be better off using a concentrated form of Delta-8 oil, like our Delta-8 tincture, or even a Delta-8-THC syrup to make edibles. Not only does this avoid the redundancy of removing what's just been added to the hemp flower, but it allows you to more accurately control the dosage of your homemade Delta-8 edibles, and is likely the more cost-effective option.
With traditional cannabis flower, the THCa is decarbed as you smoke it. That leads many people to wonder if Delta-8-THC is degraded as it is smoked since it already exists in its active form.
The answer is no, Delta-8-THC does not degrade when it is burned, at least not anymore than you can expect with any cannabis flower. In other words, combustion, or the act of burning cannabinoid material, will always result in some potency loss, but you shouldn't worry about any significant lack of potency. In fact, smoking Delta-8-THC flower is one of the quickest ways to reap its psychoactive effects, and smoking enough Delta 8 flour can produce some seriously potent effects.
As we mentioned earlier, you could essentially eat raw Delta-8-THC flower to experience its effects because the Delta-8-THC on the flower is fully activated. Of course, this is far from the best way to consume Delta-8 flower, unless you're a huge fan of munching down on gritty hemp material. No? Didn't think so.
The best method for consuming Delta-8-THC flower probably isn't surprising. Most people prefer to just smoke it in a bowl or a joint. Both of these methods allow you to enjoy the fragrant, earthy bud in its most natural form.
In fact, smoking Delta-8 is incredibly similar to smoking traditional cannabis flower in terms of smell and taste. Of course, you can also put it in a dry herb vaporizer, which is a consumption method that is said to have fewer harmful effects because you aren't actually inhaling smoke.
Both methods will work just fine for reaping Delta-8 benefits, and the way you should consume Delta-8 flower is really just based on your preference.
Again, if you're hoping to use your Delta-8 flower to create homemade Delta-8-THC edibles we suggest you grab a Delta-8 tincture or syrup instead. That way, you can precisely control the potency of your homemade edibles without losing any control over the recipe itself.
Because Delta-8 is federally legal, you can buy it online and in stores in any state where Delta-8 THC is legal. For more information on the Delta-8 laws in your state, you may want to read “Where is Delta 8 THC Legal? A State by State Guide to Delta-8 Laws.”
You can find a selection of different Delta-8-THC flower strains, including popular strains like Pineapple Express and Gorilla Glue, in our Elev8 Collection. Or, opt for one of our delicious edibles, like our sublingual style Delta-8 Chews, which offer the benefit of fast acting effects.
Either way, rest assured that you're getting top-quality, safe Delta-8-THC products. All Vida Optima products are 100% Farm Bill compliant and third-party tested.
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