Delta-8 THC, THCa, Delta-10 THC, and so many other forms of alternative THC have entered the market within the last few years. While this innovation has been exciting and exceptional, dispensaries in prohibitive states can now sell Delta-9 THC gummies alongside the others.
Before consuming anything, it’s important to make sure you know everything you can about it.
This is especially true when dealing with something with lax regulation like we experience in the cannabis industry. Just because something is new and exciting doesn’t always mean it’s safe or wise to consume.
In this article, we’ll address the top 10 questions about Delta-9 THC and help you find some for yourself. If you’d rather just know where you can buy some, you can either skip to the conclusion or simply check out our selection online!
#1 – How Long Do Delta 9 Gummies Stay in Your System?
The answer to this question depends on the frequency of use. For those who use weed just once or twice, it may leave the system entirely within three days.
Over time, however, the amount of THC that remains in your system starts to build and stack on top of itself. As these levels get higher, the amount of time it takes to leave will begin to rise as well.
If you were to smoke every day or multiple times every day, urine tests may come back positive for up to 30 days. For everyone else, the amount of time that THC will stay in your system can be anywhere between those 3–30 days.
It is a myth that weed will always remain in the system for 30 days but it could possibly happen.
When eating edibles, your body will metabolize them into stronger, longer-lasting compounds which could make this timeline even longer. Urine tests are often available at corner stores and drug markets and offer a good way to see for yourself before having to take a more important test.
#2 – Do Delta-9 Gummies Get You High?
Yes! Whether it comes from hemp or marijuana, delta-9 THC is an intoxicating cannabinoid and will have similar effects. Edibles have long been a favorite of cannabis consumers for their discreet action and stronger effect.
Effects of Delta-9 THC include:
- Heightened senses
- Distorted sense of time
- Slowed motor function
- Short-term memory impairment
Never operate heavy machinery or drive when under the influence of any form of THC. The slowed motor function and distortions of time and space can make this very dangerous.
Gummies take longer to kick in than other forms of cannabis so it’s important to take plenty of time between doses. If you have taken an edible and believe it isn’t working, give yourself at least an hour and fifteen minutes before taking more.
As the old saying goes — you can always take more but you can never take less. You don’t want to find yourself having bitten off more than you were willing to chew.
#3 – Are Delta-9 Gummies Legal?
It depends but, for the most part, yes! Here in Tennessee, Delta-9 is a cannabinoid that is illegal except in small quantities. Namely, producers must remain under .03% THC based on the weight of the product
When you’re dealing with smokable flower, tinctures, or vapes, this is excessively restrictive. It is not possible in those items to legally provide enough THC for an effect given the low overall weight of the product.
This is not true for edibles, however. With the increase in mass, .03% of an edible can still be a substantial amount of THC — well over enough to achieve an intoxicating effect.
#4 – What are Delta-9 Gummies?
Delta-9 gummies are edible forms of cannabis that utilize Delta-9 THC. Consider these a scientific advancement on the “magic brownies” of yesteryear. In the case of hemp-derived Delta-9 THC, the process for manufacturing them gets much more complicated.
Since we can’t grow cannabis with high concentrations of THC in Tennessee, this has to start off as hemp flower. After a few steps in the process, producers can separate the THC from the rest of the components of the plant.
This actually begins with the process of isolating CBD. After separating the cannabinoid from the rest of the plant, the runoff liquid containing the THC and some other elements of the plant — the “mother liquor” — remains.
By going through a similar process to the one for isolating the CBD, producers can then isolate the THC and use that in future products.
#5 – Are Delta-9 Gummies Safe?
There are currently no instances of anyone dying or having a serious health complication from Delta-9 THC. While there is little we currently know about the differences between hemp- and cannabis-derived THC, it’s unlikely this would be different.
However, just because overdosing on THC isn’t deadly, doesn’t make it fun. A THC overdose — or “green out” — can cause users to feel nauseous or vomit, have headaches, feel dizzy, and have impending feelings of paranoia.
THC is a biphasic — or, two-phased — compound, meaning it acts differently depending on the dose. Small doses of THC act to sedate and is often anxiety-relieving, hunger-inducing, and euphoric.
Large doses can flip this entirely, leading to paranoia, vomiting, and irritability. This is different from a drug like alcohol which continues to have a stronger version of the same action the more you take of it.
When taken in edible form, these effects can last upwards of 6 hours so it’s important to make sure to dose your gummies appropriately.
#6 – Where to Buy Delta-9 Gummies
When producers derive Delta-9 from hemp as we have done, it technically falls under the category of CBD. That makes it legal to sell here in Tennessee, but it also means there are very few regulations for the product.
Producers of a hemp product only have to show in reporting that it is under the legal limit for THC. While this helps to make sure you aren’t getting more than you bargained for, it does little to answer other potential concerns.
Things like the remediation of dangerous chemicals from production and the dangerous byproducts thereof do not require reporting legally. That’s why it’s important to go with a company like Perfect Plant Hemp Co. which goes above and beyond in its reporting.
#7 – Does Delta-9 Show Up on a Drug Test?
Yes. Whether you are consuming THC that comes from hemp or marijuana, it will result in a positive result on a drug test.
If you are subject to urine drug tests, we would recommend steering clear of all forms of THC — legal or otherwise. The way these tests operate is by searching for the metabolites of THC.
These metabolites are the byproducts of your system digesting the molecule and it seems likely all forms of THC metabolize into similar compounds. Infrequent use may leave your system within a few days but frequent, heavy use may take up to a month.
Remember, these tests are available at most drug stores and you can easily check your own urine for THC. If you’re concerned about an impending drug test and you’re unsure if you’re in the clear or not, see for yourself.
#8 – How Long do Delta-9 Gummies Last?
The metabolism of edible forms of THC turns them into stronger, longer-lasting compounds. Unlike smoking which tapers off after 15-30 minutes, edibles may last up to 6–8 hours.
The longer effect is often the main reason why people reach for gummies over smokable and vapable options. It’s important to note this also means that taking too much THC can result in unpleasant effects for a longer period of time.
Unlike the more instantaneous methods of consumption, edibles may take upwards of an hour and a half to kick in. This results in many people taking the correct dosage of gummies, not feeling the effect, and then taking more before the initial dose has a chance to kick in.
Always make sure you’re taking a long time in between taking more edibles. The phrase many like to use for this is “start low and go slow.”
#9 – How Many Delta-9 Gummies Should I Take?
The dosage depends on many factors. The baseline dose for most people is around 10mg but this may be too much for some so it’s important to start low and figure out your dosage over time.
The best way to determine the right amount for you is to start with 5mg and then work your way up in increments of 5. Heavier cannabis users may find the right dose for them to be closer to 50mg or even higher but heavier doses are not wise for people who are newer or more sensitive to THC.
Other factors like your metabolism, weight, and height could all play an effect as well. A select few people have a complete inability to get high off edibles at all — possibly due to a rare liver enzyme but nobody is really sure.
If you’re utilizing the gummies for sleep, we recommend staying awake for your first few times so you can feel the effect. You don’t want to wake up in the middle of the night and feel overwhelmed by the effects of the gummy.
#10 – What’s the Difference Between Delta-8 and Delta-9 Gummies?
Delta-8 THC was the first legal THC option to hit the market and it seems to have forever changed the game since. Though molecularly similar, Delta-8 THC has a double bond which happens on the 8th carbon instead of the 9th.
This minor difference in formation results in a molecule with about ⅔ the binding power of Delta-9 THC. Potency seems to be the main — if not the only — difference between the two options but there are claims of additional experiential distinctions.
Some report Delta-8 THC to have a heavier sedative effect, similar to an indica-heavy strain. Another sibling molecule, Delta-10 THC, is reportedly more stimulating, offering many of the effects people are looking for in a sativa-leaning crop.
In both cases — when dealing with the regulatory market of Tennessee or other prohibitive states — isolated options are often the only solution.
The biggest difference between the two options that a lot of people enjoy is the fact that Delta-9 THC is naturally forming in the plant. Delta-8 THC does naturally occur but not in enough quantities to produce a product from it, meaning production must occur after.
Delta-8 THC is the result of altering isolated CBD to create the molecule which might make some users
Conclusion: Are Delta-9 THC Gummies Right for You?
Delta-9 THC gummies are as close as Tennesseeans can currently get to a legal marijuana product. While they can only exist in isolated, edible form, these gummies pack the best punch and it’s no wonder so many consider them their favorite option.
Perhaps the only good byproduct of criminalization is the ingenuity of cannabis companies and the innovation of cannabis products. Still, as a hemp product, it’s important to remember how little regulation exists in the industry.
Always buy your products from a reputable source that’s willing to produce a hefty amount of reporting. We go far beyond the requirements for reporting because we believe in the products we sell and we have nothing to hide about them.
Whether it’s with us or with someone else, make sure you’re doing your due diligence to ensure the product in the jar matches what’s on the label.
Still have questions about Delta-9 THC? Stop by one of our locations in Germantown or off White Bridge and speak with one of our cannabis experts today.
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