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How Is Delta 8 Made

How Is Delta 8 Made?

Everyone’s talking about Delta 8 THC. Regardless of whether or not you’ve ever tried the products, you’re probably just as curious as we were about how it’s made and where it comes from.

In our previous article, What Is Delta 8 THC? we took a close look at what Delta 8 is and how it is different from the familiar Delta 9 THC.

In this article, we’re going to focus more on how it is made, both natural and synthetic, and the importance of understanding where it is coming from.

The Background of Delta 8 THC

There are hundreds of different cannabinoids found in the hemp plant, and one of those cannabinoids is Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol.

Although extremely similar to Delta 9 THC, the dominant cannabinoid responsible for those ‘euphoric highs’ people experiences when they use marijuana, Delta 8 is slightly different.

The easiest way to imagine is to think of it as the light beer version of Delta 9.

It’s about 75% as potent and won’t give you many of the negative side effects that Delta 9 THC is known for.

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The Difference Between Natural and Synthetic Delta 8 THC

Currently, the argument for Delta 8 THC is that it occurs naturally in hemp. Hemp is legal at a federal level if it contains less than 0.3% THC; therefore, it must also be legal. The biggest problem with this is how the products are made.

While it may be found in hemp, along with Delta 9, the percentage of it is found in hemp is so small that there’s no viable way to mass-produce it for the commercial market.

However, what you can do is synthesize the same cannabinoid in a laboratory.

The Importance of Understanding Where Your Delta 8 Comes From

Extracting the naturally occurring Delta-8 from hemp for any commercial production type is not financially viable for many companies.
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It would simply cost much more to make than you could ever sell it for.

So instead, those Delta 8 THC manufacturers are synthetically altering CBD derived from hemp, using a chemical conversion that allows them to produce it in larger volumes better suited to creating commercial products.

So, it’s important to realize that with many other companies, you’re most likely not getting a ‘natural’ product; instead, you’re getting a synthetic version of a naturally occurring compound. You need to have a proven and tested product, like Stirling CBD, to get the best Delta 8 products.

Is it Safe?

We understand many cannabinoids such as CBD and Delta 9 THC, with hundreds of different trials and studies.

However, we still don’t fully understand them, and more clinical trials are needed before we can make any definitive medical claims about CBD.

There have been much fewer studies and even fewer clinical trials conducted about Delta 8.

Therefore, we have a long way to go before we can make any claims about the safety of Delta 8; however, we do know it is critical you get cleanly produced products that have not gone through harsh chemicals to extract the product.

States That Have Banned Delta 8 THC

At the time of writing, 12 states have banned Delta 8, including Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Kentucky, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, Rhode Island, and Utah, according to U.S. Hemp Authority which has also made the decision not to certify Delta 8 THC products.

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has done little to clarify where it stands on Delta 8 THC except reaffirming that for products to fall under the US 2018 Farm Bill, they must contain less than 0.3% THC. Currently, it may not be listed on the controlled substances list, and the fact that it can be found in hemp, which is legal at a federal level, is a loophole that may be shut down sooner rather than later.

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Stirling CBD started in production in California in 2014 and hasn’t looked back since. They are continually striving to build a trusted CBD brand that is 100% American-owned and sources all its CBD from environmentally friendly hemp plants grown in the United States.

All their hemp plants are grown using eco-friendly practices, GMO-free, organic, and contain 0% THC.

If you have any questions about any of Stirling’s CBD lotions or learn more about CBD, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly.

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Joe Kryszak
Joe Kryszak
A leader in the Hemp Industry since 2014, Joe has been at the forefront of the Hemp Industry's innovation and growth. He is passionate about creating an atmosphere of collaboration and education in the Hemp Industry through the growth of Stirling Oils. Prior to this, Joe led strategic growth teams and initiatives at HP, Lenovo, and Amazon. With a degree from SDSU and an MBA from Pepperdine, Joe guided numerous businesses beyond the $1b threshold.

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