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Delta-8 THC Exploits Fantastic Legal Loophole

When countries start to regulate industries, it’s not a cut and dry process. There are tons of tiny considerations and applications to account for, not to mention that new information coming out, or changes, can create gray areas in laws, and places for legal loopholes. Delta-8 THC is a great example of this.

When countries start to regulate industries, it’s not a cut and dry process. There are tons of tiny considerations and applications to account for, not to mention that new information coming out, or changes, can create gray areas in laws, and places for legal loopholes. Delta-8 THC is a great example of this.

Before getting to delta-8, it’s best to start with what’s more familiar, delta-9 THC; the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) most associated with the cannabis plant, and the cannabinoid responsible for the psychoactive properties of cannabis. Delta-9 THC comes from THCA, the THC that is actually in cannabis flowers. THCA is decarboxylated into THC over time in the plant, or with the application of heat.

This process means that a CO2 molecule is dropped, creating the chemical formulation (C21H30O2), thus turning it into the THC (delta-9) that we associate with getting high and feeling better. A small percentage of the delta-9 THC will oxidize to become delta-8 THC, which is considered an analogue of delta-9 THC. The main difference? Delta-8 has a double bond on the 8th carbon atom, and delta-9 on the 9th one.

Essentially, delta-8 is a minorly altered form of the delta-9 THC we know land love so well, and is found in only tiny amounts – about .01% of both high-THC and low-THC flowers. Much like other cannabinoids like cannabidiol (CBD), cannabichromene (CBC), and cannabinol (CBN), which appear in small amounts in the cannabis plant, delta-8 THC must be isolated and extracted to produce a larger amount than would be ingested through smoking, vaping, or eating the plant alone.

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