By now, most people are at least vaguely familiar with Delta-8-THC's psychoactive effects. You may even know that Delta-8 is made from CBD, and that many Delta-8 products contain at least trace amounts of other cannabinoids. With that said, many consumers want to know—what percent THC is in Delta-8 products?
In other words, how much Delta-8 is actually present in the products you can buy online? And what about the more ominous Delta-9-THC content in D8 products? Since the THC levels in a product can impact its effects, therapeutic value, and even it's legality, it's a pretty important question.
Unfortunately, the answer is that it varies greatly from product to product. Still, we know a bit about legal THC limits and how Delta-8 products are made, which may help you better understand how much THC may be present. Here's what we know:
The Delta-8 potency of any given Delta-8 product varies greatly, and it really just depends on how it's made.
Typically, Delta-8 products are made using Delta-8-THC distillate, a form of Delta-8 concentrate that's generally 95%+ pure. This distillate is then added to any combination of ingredients to create a unique product. For instance, the Delta-8 distillate may be added to a concoction of hemp oil, flavor additives, sweeteners, or any other ingredient. This reduces the actual concentration of Delta-8 in a product.
The most accurate way to determine how much Delta-8-THC is actually in a Delta-8 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-8 is in each gummy, tincture dose, or gram of Delta-8-THC flower.
Understanding the Delta-8 potency of a given Delta-8 product is important, but many users have another important question—how much Delta-9-THC is in Delta-8 products.
The answer here also varies from product to product, but within much smaller margins. Some Delta-8 products may contain no Delta-9-THC at all. This type of product is made with a pure Delta-8-THC concentrate and any other THC-free hemp ingredients, like CBD isolates or terpenes.
If a product is made using Delta-8-THC distillate and full spectrum hemp oil, however, it may contain trace amounts of Delta-9-THC. However, the amount of Delta-9-THC that is legally allowed in hemp products is not enough to cause psychoactive effects of their own.
Once again, to determine the actual Delta-9 content of a product, look for a Certificate of Analysis from a third-party lab that details the product's cannabinoid profile and potency.
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-8-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-8 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).
As we mentioned previously, there are limitless formulas that can be used to make Delta-8 products. Some products focus solely on Delta-8 and use a Delta-8-THC distillate that's almost entirely void of other compounds. Some may combine Delta-8-THC with a full spectrum hemp extract, or hemp formula that contains a wide array of hemp-derived cannabinoids.
That means that some Delta-8-THC products may contain CBD, or even minor cannabinoids like CBN, CBG, and CBC. 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-8 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 Delta-8 products is to check the third-party lab results.
Aside from hemp derivatives, Delta-8-THC products could contain other ingredients. In many cases these ingredients are used to change the flavor and appearance or to create different dosing styles, like Delta-8 gummies.
Still, you need to know how to check for potentially harmful ingredients. For instance, 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 Delta-8-THC products to our customers.
If you're looking for Delta-8 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 Delta-8-THC products are 100% Farm Bill compliant and made according to cGMP guidelines. Our Delta-8 edibles, tinctures, and flower provide all the dosing variety you need to find the gentle lift you desire.
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