Delta-11 is one of the most potent cannabinoids to come out of the hemp THC movement, boasting euphoric effects that are at least three times stronger than traditional THC–but consumers have questions about how this highly potent cannabinoid is even legal? And how does it induce such powerful psychoactive effects? What percent THC is in Delta-11 products?
We’re here to clarify–Delta-11-THC products, when made from hemp, contain less than 0.3% Delta-9-THC, which puts them under the legal threshold and aligns them with federal hemp definitions.
Unfortunately, the actual THC content of Delta-11 products can vary from brand to brand, and not all brands abide by federal hemp laws. You definitely need to pay attention since the THC content in hemp products greatly affects Delta-11 legality from state to state. Curious to know more? Here are all the details:
Table of Contents
How Much Delta-11 is Actually in Delta-11 Products?
What Percent Delta-9 is in Delta-11 Products?.
What’s the Legal Limit for Delta-9 in Hemp Products?
What Other Cannabinoids in Delta-11-THC Products?
Other Delta-11 Ingredients to Consider
Where to Get Federally Legal Hemp THC Products
First and foremost, let’s address the viability of Delta-11 itself. In other words, how much Delta-11 is actually in products that are labelled as Delta-11-THC products?
It really depends. Every product contains varying amounts of Delta-11. Typically, products may contain between 5-20 milligrams of Delta-11. Remember, Delta-11 is highly potent, so not much is needed to induce potent effects.
However, Delta-11 is rarely sold as an isolate. You’ll usually only find Delta-11 as part of a THC blend. In many cases, Delta-11 is paired alongside other hemp-derived THC products like Delta-8, Delta-10, THC-O, or HHC, and the actual Delta-11 content isn’t listed. Instead, the product label will list only the amount of THC extract added as a whole without breaking down the potency by cannabinoid.
This marketing tactic can be pretty misleading, and there’s only one way to (possibly) figure out how much Delta-11 is actually in any given product: check the lab results.
The most accurate way to determine how much Delta-11-THC is actually in a Delta-11 product is to look for a third party test result and cross-check it against the product's label. The test results should confirm what's on the label and will help you understand how much Delta-11 is in each gummy, tincture dose, or gram of hemp flower.
If no lab results are listed, be very wary of the brand’s quality standards. Try to find brands that offer third party lab testing to ensure label accuracy and to rule out any possible contaminants.
For many, this is where the real questions lie–how much Delta-9-THC is present in Delta-11 products? After all, the Delta-9-THC content of a hemp product is what determines its legality. A hemp product, by federal definition, must contain less than 0.3% Delta-9-THC.
The original hemp material used for manufacturing must meet this potency threshold. Because hemp plants have less than 0.3% Delta-9-THC, many people assume that Delta-11 products made from hemp automatically meet the same potency regulations.
That’s supposed to be the case–a product needs to contain below 0.3% Delta-9-THC to be considered a legal hemp product–but it’s not safe to assume that a product will meet this potency threshold just because its made from hemp. That’s because THC can be concentrated during manufacturing, even if it’s unintentional. Therefore, you need to check the final lab reports to ensure that the Delta-9-THC content does not exceed the potency limit.
According to federal legal standards, hemp products can only contain up to 0.3% Delta-9-THC. In fact, both the original hemp material and the final product must meet this requirement.
Of course, just because it's the law doesn't mean that it's a safe bet for all Delta-11-THC products. It's always a good idea to do some background research on a brand before you buy to ensure that they follow federal regulations.
Also, if you bought your Delta-11 product at a cannabis dispensary, it may not meet federal standards. Products bought at a dispensary are usually made according to state laws, which generally allow higher Delta-9 concentrations (in states where cannabis is legal, of course).
This is the golden question since most Delta-11 formulations on the market contain a number of other hemp-derived THC isomers. In theory, there are limitless formulas that can be used to make Delta-11 products, but for now only a limited number of Delta-11 products exist.
That means that some Delta-11-THC products may contain other cannabinoids, including psychoactive and non-psychoactive varieties.
Non-psychoactive additives may include CBD, or even minor cannabinoids like CBN, CBG, and CBC. Psychoactive cannabinoids, usually other hemp-derived THC products, may include hemp-derived Delta-9, Delta-8, Delta-10, THC-O, HHC, or others. Many of these formulas will also contain terpenes, the aromatic compounds found in hemp that have their own particular therapeutic benefits.
Of course, every Delta-11 formula is unique and will contain a different percentage and selection of hemp-derived cannabinoids. Some may be intentionally formulated using the ensemble effect, a method of combining specific cannabinoids and terpenes in order to create specific therapeutic effects. The only way to know for sure what's in your hemp THC products is to check the third-party lab results.
The blend of other cannabinoids in your Delta-11 product not only affects the actual effects you’ll experience, but also how much Delta-11 you should take, so be sure to consider the full scope of cannabinoids when deciding on a dosage.
Although it won’t necessarily affect the legality like Delta-9, you should consider the other ingredients used to make the Delta-11 products you choose. For instance, additional ingredients are used to create gummies, candies, and tinctures, like flavorings, dyes, and sweeteners. While many of these ingredients are harmless, others, such as certain dyes and artificial sweeteners, may be problematic for some people.
You should also check for other potentially problematic ingredients, like certain solvents used during extraction, pesticides that were potentially sprayed onto the hemp material, or other contaminants like mold, yeast, or microbial components could potentially make their way into the final product.
Pay attention to the brand's manufacturing process, which should include quality testing procedures to ensure the absence of these contaminants. For some brands this may mean a final third-party lab test that details the purity of a product. For other brands this means a series of in-house purity tests during manufacturing.
For instance, the hemp used to make our Elev8 products is tested for purity and potency before the manufacturing process ever begins. Products are also examined at various points during manufacturing to ensure that no contaminants accidentally make their way into each batch. This quality assurance process is essential to ensuring that we provide only safe, high-quality hemp THC products to our customers.
If you're looking for hemp THC products that meet federal guidelines, meaning they contain less than 0.3% Delta-9-THC, look no further than our Elev8 Collection. Like all Vida Optima products, our hemp THC products are 100% Farm Bill compliant and made according to cGMP guidelines. Our edibles, tinctures, and flower provide all the dosing variety you need to find the gentle lift you desire.
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