An exploration of Delta 8 THC, CBD, and their federally forbidden cousin Delta 9. Delivered with an ethnobotanical flair absent from most other question & answers.
Ever since Bob Dylan pronounced, “The sun’s not yellow, it’s chicken” members of the scientific community have been divided whether being stoned is humanity’s as to whether natural state absent environmental stressors. Unpublished results are inconclusive, while the debate as to whether Dylan’s lyrics were a metaphor for cannabis continues to bisect generations of silent ravers across the nation. It’s been over a half a century since Highway 61 revisited was released, and confusion continues to ferment (along with isolated improvements in scientific understanding). Simultaneously, breeding programs have largely focused on producing genetics with high Delta-9 THC leaving much to be desired in understanding of cannabis and its impact on our mental and physiological state.
Cannabis companies are faced with the complicated balancing act of reeducating their consumers about both marijuana and hemp without propagating new misleading claims. People can develop a lot of baseless assumptions after being barraged by a nearly century old propagation machine. In this post, we provide clarity the effects of some of cannabis (including marijuana’s) key constituents with a focus on the CBD, Delta 9, and Delta 8 THC.
THC: Delta 9 versus Delta 8
Is Delta 9 THC found in marijuana harmless / safe?
Yes and no. In the vast majority of cases, Delta-9 THC consumed in moderation is considered safe for consumption. Delta-9 THC may induce unpleasant reactions such as disconnected thoughts, panic attacks, changes in perception including delusions and hallucinatory experiences, but these reactions are typically limited and manageable for most light to moderate users.
Additionally, there are risks such as cannabis-induced psychosis with heavy, regular consumption of marijuana highly concentrated in THC. There is preliminary evidence indicating that cannabinoids such as CBD may exhibit protective properties against certain harmful or undesirable of high dosages of THC, but our understanding of this interaction and many others across the phytochemical compounds found within the cannabis plant remain undeveloped at best.
What’s the difference between Delta 8 & Delta 9 THC? Are there any regularly reported side effects, or noteworthy health incidents with D8? Is there a connection with Delta force (or variant)?
Users typically report a milder, less paranoia inducing experience with Delta 8 products, but this is not necessarily indicative of Delta 8 being better per se. Rather, an acknowledgement of the fact that Delta 8 THC is a cannabis derived psychoactive compounds that offers it’s own unique experience versus that offered by “traditional marijuana”. Regardless of the psychoactive compounds, the considerations that define cannabis safety and experience often involve similar factors such as purity backed by transparent testing, consideration of the full spectrum of active ingredients in a product, and perhaps most importantly (assuming it’s an honestly represented, safely produced product) dosage response.
Delta 8-THC tends to show less acute psychoactive qualities than Delta 9 offering decompression, improved sleep, and pain management without an overly ‘heady’ experience. That said, everyone reacts differently, and seasoned stoners have gotten very high on one or two Delta 8 Pate de Fruit gummies (or barely felt anything relative to their typical Delta 9 ‘treatment’). Additionally, our DSquared8 contain 1:1 Delta 8 THC to Full Spectrum CBD which heightens the entourage effect, but also reduces our ability to isolate the experience to any one compound. Overall, our dosage was designed to offer a noticeable effect one can feel while still easily remaining in control of your dose and self.
Delta-8 THC itself appears to be relatively safe (off limited data) with the majority of health related incidents involving vaping of the product. Like interpreting the entourage effect, negative reactions or medical incidents regarding vaping are often times difficult to isolate down to any one ingredient unless illness is widespread & triggered by a single product. Cannabis is a bio-accumulator which is great for regenerative agriculture, but not particularly well suited for ‘unregulated’ consumption. Additionally, solvents and additives introducing another layer of risks independent of cannabinoids or the ‘active’ ingredient one vapes to consume.
The foundation of any product’s safety is honesty, accountability, and transparency at the brand level. These are qualities we take extremely seriously at DankeSuper, and although it doesn’t necessarily guarantee a perfect experience it provides one you can trust. Our delta 8 and full spectrum CBD are currently only offered in ingestible or topical formats, but we fully understand the appeal of “vaping” and are actively exploring healthier, cleaner alternatives in this context.
Does CBD work?
Is CBD really as dope as my friend’s aunt claims, or she just placebo tripping?
As a general rule, never question a friend’s aunt. You might be taken aback at how quickly she flips on you. That said, CBD is a variable, subjective experience that’s far from fully understood. What’s known is that it clearly interacts with our endocannabinoid system, and the regulatory impact of this system in our body is widespread. In the context CBD as an isolated molecule, there is a strong tendency for marketers to confuse research on cannabis (which contains much more than CBD or THC) and its cannabinoid isolates. Officially speaking, Epidiolex is the only FDA approved marketable application of CBD isolate for use in cases of severe childhood epilepsy. At this juncture, it may have been approved for additional applications, but I can’t get myself to look. Pharmaceutical companies’ “right to market” plant based compounds is nearly too distasteful to acknowledge let alone track.
Unofficially speaking, scientific research indicates that CBD and more specifically full spectrum hemp extract have a wide range of impacts on our physiological state including neurological function, and our emotional state. CBD has shown to have notable role immunoregulation, hormonal balance, regulation of body weight (including metabolism related disease) plus a wealth of additional potential applications as an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anxiolytic (anxiety reducing) compound. Given our focus on hemp, we’re constantly striving to evaluate and highlight CBD & full spectrum hemp extract’s benefits (and/or risks).
What the right of dose of CBD for me?
At DankeSuper, we believe that the best way to answer this question is to try it (ideally consistently for a period of time) and see how you feel. Naturally, it may take some individuals time to realize the benefits while others will feel an effect within an hour. In many cases, customers will need to evaluate their personal reaction to different doses. Our products are essentially to range from effective (40 to 50 mg CBD Full Spectrum dropper) to super strength (100 mg CBD Full Spectrum Dose).
What works for you as an individual is really a function of how you want the CBD to work and your body’s individual response. In some cases, full spectrum CBD might not work as solution for your personal problem. For most our customers, our tinctures are an effective sleep aid and anxiety management tool at a broad range of doses. We chose 40-50 mg per ml (20-25 mg CBD) and 100 mg per dropper (50 mg CBD) as our baseline concentrations on the tinctures.
Originally, the Super CBD line had a concentration of 80 mg full spectrum (40 mg CBD) per dropper. Depending on when you read this post, a limited number of the legacy product might still exist. The Super CBD series of offered now has a whopping 100 mg per ml, and the 40-50 mg per ml will probably settle at 50 for the effectively dosed tincture series. We’ve been in this industry for several years now, and still believe that 20-25 mg CBD (40-50 mg hemp extract) is around the “perfect” dose to experience full spectrum CBD oil with a 10 +/- range for the typical person incorporating for daily wellness management.
At the same juncture, after engaging thousands of customers with our physical and online presence it’s clear some require a higher concentration full spectrum CBD oil to effectively realize its benefits. Our Super CBD oils deliver, and reflect DankeSuper’s commitment to make plant based wellness accessible at incredible value. When we first released Super01 and Super02 we felt we were offering a great deal for 2,250 mg at $135. Two years later, we offer our 3,000 mg tinctures for nearly half the price ($75). We might be one of the last few corners of the internet without inflation.
Is CBD isolate, broad spectrum, or full spectrum better?
We think it makes a significant difference. On a general basis, if you’re taking some form of CBD as a health and wellness supplement we’re strongly inclined towards suggesting you try “full spectrum”. Full Spectrum reflects the whole hemp plant profile (aerial parts) which include over 400 nutrients including phytocannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, and confluence of other plant based compounds. If trace amounts of THC (i.e. less than 0.3%) is out of the question, we lean towards a 0% THC broad spectrum product. To be honest, none of us can recall the last time we consumed a CBD isolate product, and perhaps that’s the most abridged way of expressing our opinion.