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Extracting Delta-8 THC 

If you think it is the same, it is not. Extracting Delta-8 THC differs completely from Delta-9 THC. If using Delta-8 products you should understand that Delta-9 THC is the THC that generates a potent psychoactive effect. Even though Delta-8 offers a similar, lighter effect, understanding the method on how Delta-8-THC is produced can directly impact whether it is legal, safe, and effective. The manufacturing process is an important way to see the benefits of using Delta-8 products.

How is Delta-8 THC made?

Delta-8 THC is found in cannabis and hemp plants. Since hemp is legal to grow anywhere in the United States and is more readily available, farmers extract and separate CBD from hemp before it gets converted to Delta-8 THC. As a result, it makes Delta-8 THC more expensive than CBD, even though increased demand offsets the higher manufacturing cost. Making Delta-8 requires proper knowledge and tools/machinery to use for extraction. 

Delta-8 THC Extraction Methods

There’s many techniques when it comes to making CBD products. The process can vary significantly, so we divide them in three fundamental core approaches;

  • Solvent-based extraction: For this method, solvents are required, the well-known ethanol wash. Ethanol extracts the contents of the cannabis. To remove any residual solvent from the extracted substance, several more processes are required.
  • Oil extraction – The most conventional method involves slowly heating an oil base, such as olive oil to extract the cannabinoid component.
  • Solvent-lace extraction – This extraction, like supercritical CO2 extraction or high-performance liquid chromatography, does not need the use of a solvent. Instead, they use a specialized equipment, commonly referred to as “cleaners” because no solvent is left behind.

It’s ideal to educate yourself on these techniques. Extracting Delta-8 THC is a straightforward task that requires a good understand on how isomers work. 

CBD to Delta-8 THC

Once the CBD isolate materials are ready, it gets converted to Delta-8-THC, naming this process Isomerization. First, the CBD dissolves in acid, most frequently glacial acetic acid. The CBD gets converts to Delta-9-THC by this chemical mechanism. In 72 hours, more than half of the original CBD material converts to Delta-8-THC.

Is Delta-8-THC legal?

Delta-8 THC extraction is done in various ways, however, reading carefully to verify that the Delta-8-THC you purchase is produced legally is ideal before consuming. Content containing less than 3% Delta-9 THC, falls under the legal category.Delta-8 THC must be hemp-derived and processed by the hemp cultivation rules of the state in which it was produced. Delta-8 THC, derived from federally authorized hemp, has a similar legal standing. Check your state laws on Delta-8 THC to avoid any legal issues while using a product. Check regulations monthly to stay on top of any changes of its legalicy.

Is Delta-8 THC safe?

Delta-8 THC is not evaluated or approved by the FDA to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illnesses. While some research shows that it is less potent than its well-known relative cannabinoid, its long-term consequences are unclear. The molecule’s adverse effects, safety profile, and tolerance, it’s hard to say whether Delta-8 THC is entirely safe for human ingestion. As a consumer myself, it provides clarity, focus and a perfect amount of energy. 


It’s important to note that Delta-8 THC products and its extraction process are relatively new to the cannabis industry. Techniques for extraction and testing are continually evolving and improving. Keep in mind, when you purchase Delta-8 THC products, play close attention to its legal authenticity, ingredients, and quality. 

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