Hemp-Derived Delta 8 THC: All Your Questions Answered

Hemp-Derived Delta 8 THC: All Your Questions Answered

Since we at PharmaCBD have begun carrying hemp-derived Delta 8 THC products, we have fielded a lot of questions about this new cannabinoid that’s been taking the hemp-product market by storm. Because we’ve answered these questions in different locations on our website, we thought it would be helpful to put all of the most commonly asked questions in one place for you. So let’s get started.

Common Questions about Hemp-Derived Delta 8 THC

What Is Hemp-Derived Delta 8 THC?

Hemp-derived Delta 8 THC is a cannabinoid found naturally in less than 1% of the hemp plant. To produce enough cannabinoids for commercial use, manufacturers first create a hemp extract and then use a chemical process to convert CBD and other cannabinoids into hemp-derived Delta 8 THC.

Is Hemp-Derived Delta 8 THC Safe?

Absolutely! All hemp-derived cannabinoid-based products like CBD and hemp-derived Delta 8 THC are natural and easily tolerated by the human body. The only side-effects reported from overuse are minor and include a feeling of lethargy and diarrhea.

How Does Hemp-Derived Delta 8 THC Make You Feel?

Hemp-derived Delta 8 THC is molecularly similar to Delta 9 THC, but there are differences in how each THC cannabinoid makes you feel. For example, Delta 9 THC, the famous cannabinoid found in abundance in marijuana, is very intoxicating, will give you more of a head high, and may carry with it certain side effects like anxiousness and paranoia. 

Users of hemp-derived Delta 8 THC report they experienced not nearly as intoxicating an effect from the cannabinoid as Delta 9 THC. The intoxicative component was more of an overall good feeling throughout their body. Users also report that they do not experience the same negative side-effects as with Delta 9.

Is hemp-derived Delta 8 THC Legal?

The passing of The Farm Bill of 2018 made all hemp-based products legal as long as they carry no more than 0.3% Delta 9 THC. This means that hemp-derived Delta 8 THC, CBD, and products featuring other cannabinoids are completely legal on a federal level. However, 11 states like Alabama and Colorado have chosen to make hemp-derived Delta 8 THC products illegal to possess and use within their borders.

What Is the Recommended Dosage for Hemp-Derived Delta 8 THC?

Weight, body composition, and other factors play into how much hemp-derived Delta 8 THC per dose is right for you. We recommend starting small and working your way up until you achieve your desired results. 

Start with 5 to 15 milligrams for your first dose and wait for at least two hours for the effects to be realized. If after that amount of time you aren’t feeling the benefits, take another 5 milligrams. Repeat this process to increase your dosage until you find the amount that is right for you.

How Fast Does Hemp-Derived Delta 8 THC Work?

How quickly you feel your hemp-derived Delta 8 THC dosage is based on factors such as your weight, tolerance to intoxicants, and other variables – everyone is different. However, in general, most users find the following:

  • Tinctures are felt within 30 minutes to two hours and last for a couple of hours.
  • Edibles and capsules are felt between one and two hours and last for a few hours.
  • Inhalants are felt almost immediately, but the effect only lasts a couple of hours.

Can I Drive after Taking Hemp-Derived Delta 8 THC?

Hemp-derived Delta 8 THC is an intoxicant and can impair your ability to drive, so we do not recommend driving or operating heavy machinery while on hemp-derived Delta 8 THC.

Will Hemp-Derived Delta 8 THC Show Up on a Drug Test?

Yes. Standard drug tests look for detectable traces of THC. However, these tests do not distinguish between federally illegal Delta 9 THC and federally legal hemp-derived Delta 8 THC. This is yet another reason why you should not drive with hemp-derived Delta 8 THC in your system. It is also why you shouldn’t use the product if your occupation requires you to submit to mandatory drug testing.

How Does Hemp-Derived Delta 8 THC Potency Work Per Product Type?

You will find many different types of hemp-derived Delta 8 THC products, and each of these types of products may have different potency levels.

Tinctures

You will find a wide range for potency in hemp-derived Delta 8 THC tinctures, so you should read the labeling on the bottle carefully. Our hemp-derived Delta 8 THC tinctures range in strengths from 820 milligrams to 972 milligrams in a 30-milliliter bottle. To determine the actual potency, always do a quick calculation to establish the strength per milliliter. For example, our 820 mg Bubble Gum tincture contains 27.33 milligrams of hemp-derived Delta 8 THC per milliliter (820 mg ፥ 30 ml = 27.33 mg/ml). Some of our competitors may boast 1,000 milligrams of hemp-derived Delta 8 THC per bottle, but the bottle’s volume is 60 milliliters, making the actual potency only 16.67 milligrams per milliliter.

Edibles and Capsules

Hemp-derived Delta 8 THC edibles like our gummies and our capsules have a stated potency per unit. For example, our edibles contain 20 milligrams of hemp-derived Delta 8 THC per edible, while our capsules contain 30 milligrams.

Inhalants

The potency of inhalants is going to vary by the type of inhalant and the strain of the hemp flower.

Hemp Flower – Each strain of hemp carries with it differing hemp-derived Delta 8 THC levels, so the potency of the flower depends on the strain of hemp. You will see the hemp-derived Delta 8 THC content of the hemp flower expressed as a percentage on the packaging of that flower.

PharmaRocks – This unique product combines hemp buds rolled in CBG kief for a more enhanced effect. Because it is hemp flower buds, the potency will be determined by the strain of hemp.

Dabs – Hemp-derived Delta 8 THC dabs are a concentrated form of hemp-derived Delta 8 THC. Because this product is almost pure hemp-derived Delta 8 THC, it is highly potent and effective.

We Have the Answers at PharmaCBD!

If you have a question that we didn’t cover in this blog, we’d be happy to answer it for you. Just use our convenient online contact form to submit your question, and one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff will get back to you shortly.