Among the various products that contain delta 8 THC, you will find distillate. Delta 8 distillate is versatile and popular, letting you take advantage of the effects of delta 8. Before you use it, there are some important things you should know.
What Is Delta 8 Distillate?
Start by ensuring that you understand what delta 8 distillate is. There are two parts to this that you need to understand, what delta 8 is and what a distillate is.
What Is Delta 8-THC?
When you hear the term THC without any qualifiers, it typically refers to delta-9 THC. Delta-9 THC is the main psychoactive cannabinoid or compound in cannabis. In other words, it is responsible for the high associated with smoking or ingesting marijuana.
Delta-8 THC is another cannabinoid that occurs in the same plant, but it can also occur in hemp. Delta 8 and delta 9 THC have very similar chemical structures with just some minor differences. Most importantly, delta 8 THC only produces a fraction of the psychoactive effects of delta 9 THC.
Another important thing to know is that delta-8 THC is legal at the federal level, assuming it is hemp-based. This is thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalizes hemp and hemp products. That bill defines hemp as anything with less than 0.3% delta-9 THC.
Finally, you should know that delta 8 occurs in minute concentrations in the hemp (or cannabis) plant. Experts have figured out how to concentrate it, including via distillates.
What Is a Distillate?
A distillate is an oil that is translucent and runny. It doesn’t have any of the hemp plant’s waxes but does contain the cannabinoids that you want. In the case of a delta 8 distillate, it would just contain the delta-8 THC. There may also be a carrier oil.
Distillates are highly concentrated. This makes them a popular choice for those who want delta-8 THC, as that cannabinoid naturally occurs in such low concentrations.
How to Use Delta 8 Distillate
You can use delta 8 distillate just like you would use any other cannabis-related distillate. Some of the most common uses for delta 8 distillate include:
- Mixing it in edibles
- Mixing it in topicals
- Adding it to other products
- Adding it to other hemp or cannabis products for an extra boost
How to Choose Delta 8 Distillate
As the cannabinoid increases in popularity, there are a growing number of delta 8 distillates on the market. But not all of them are created equally. Additionally, the market for delta 8 products is not very well regulated. Consumers need to be careful to choose products from reputable companies and do their due diligence.
Brand Reputation and History
Start by looking at the brand selling the delta 8 distillate. Ideally, they will have been in business for a reasonable amount of time. Keep in mind, however, that delta 8 is still relatively new to the market. This means that many companies are still fairly young.
Because of this, there is a bit more wiggle room with the brand you choose for delta 8 distillate than what you would choose for CBD. If they are fairly new, instead focus on their reputation. Look at reviews of the products and the brand overall. Check their refund policies.
Delta 8 Source
Next, look at the source of the delta-8 THC in the distillate. Remember that for the distillate to be federally legal, it must come from hemp, not cannabis. If you live in a state where cannabis is legal, then you can choose whether you prefer hemp- or cannabis-based delta 8. Ideally, the hemp will be grown organically and without harmful chemicals.
Because of the limited regulation for delta 8 distillate, the best companies that sell it have their products independently lab tested. At the very least, there should be internal lab testing.
You want to pay attention to a few specific parts of the lab testing. First, confirm that it is for the right product and that the delta-8 THC concentration is as advertised. Then make sure that the labs don’t show any potentially harmful contaminants or trace elements.
The Designed Use
You should also pay attention to the ingredients in the distillate and how the retailer suggests you use it. This is particularly important in vaping as you don’t want to vape a distillate with cutting agents or carrier oils. By contrast, many distillates you would mix into edibles or drinks will have a carrier oil to make it easier to use.
Potency and Dosing
Another factor that depends on your preferences is how potent or concentrated the distillate is. If you want to consume a larger quantity of delta 8, opt for a more concentrated distillate, so you have to use less of it. If you want to consume a lower quantity, opt for a less concentrated delta 8 distillate, making it easier to dose accurately.