By J Gordon Curtis
Hemp-derived delta-9 THC is providing one of the most exciting opportunities in cannabis today. By extracting the cannabinoid from hemp and carefully maintaining restrictions, it’s possible to create an edible every bit as potent as the ones found in legal states.
In this article, we’ll discuss hemp-derived delta-9 THC, its safe usage, and where to find it along with the gummies we offer in our shop.
What Types of Delta-9 Gummies Are There?
Perfect Plant is proud to offer two options for delta-9 gummies — Martian Mango and Intergalactic Raspberry. These gummies are delicious and perfect for anyone who wants to dabble with THC.
The dosage for these is 10mg of hemp-derived delta-9 THC per gummy in 5 packs for a total of 50mg. These are perfect for those who are new to THC and want to determine their dosage as 5-10mg is a baseline dosage for most people.
These gummies are set to launch you into outer space with 50mg each (250mg in the jar.) We do not recommend this variety for newcomers and we recommend exercising caution when consuming these.
What is Hemp-Derived Delta-9 THC?
There is currently a myriad of alternative THC options available but some shops are starting to sell delta-9 THC they derive from hemp. While it’s the same molecule as the classic form of THC, these products utilize a process that is much more involved.
The beginning process to create hemp-derived delta-9 THC involves isolating the CBD cannabinoid. The final process of doing so results in a runoff liquid containing the THC and some other components from the hemp plant.
Through further extraction, producers can pull the THC from this mixture and isolate it.
How is Hemp-Derived Delta-9 THC Legal?
Delta-9 THC is illegal beyond a .03% basis by dry weight — meaning the total weight of THC within a product must be under the limit. When dealing with hemp flower, the low weight of the flower makes this too restrictive to feel an intoxicating effect.
However, the added weight of a gummy gives producers more room to work with. .03% of the total weight of a gummy might allow for 50mg or more of THC. This far exceeds an active dose which starts for most at around 10mg.
How is Hemp-Derived Delta-9 THC Different from Weed?
In terms of activity and structure, there is likely no difference between delta-9 THC from hemp and weed. The real differences come down to the need for production and the lack of regulation in the hemp industry.
While the molecule is the same, hemp companies have very few regulations on the products they create. The only reporting a hemp product actually must get by law is to report on the levels of delta-9 THC on a percentage basis.
This means reporting may not look for things like residual chemicals, pesticides, or other concerns. Due to this fact, it’s important to make sure you are properly vetting your cannabis vendors to ensure the contents of the package match what’s on the label.
Delta-9 THC Vs. Delta-8 THC
On a molecular level, the only difference between delta-8 and delta-9 THC is the location of a double bond — on the 8th or the 9th carbon, respectively. While this is a minor difference in the structure of the cannabinoid, it does result in slightly different effects.
Namely, delta-8 THC is roughly ⅔ as potent as delta-9 THC by most subjective reports. While the trend in cannabis is often toward seeking higher potencies of THC, there’s a lot to be said for a product that’s not as intoxicating.
This is true both for people who are particularly sensitive to THC and for those who want to benefit from THC without feeling overwhelmed by it.
Hemp-Derived Delta-9 THC Disclaimers
Regardless of where your delta-9 THC comes from, it will cause you to fail a drug test. Do not consume any form of THC if you must undergo regular or random drug testing.
THC causes intoxication and impairment of motor function. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery when consuming THC.
Where to Find Delta-9 THC Gummies by Perfect Plant
We are proud to offer these delightful options on our webstore and in our shops. If you still have questions about whether these are the right call for you, feel free to stop in and chat with one of our cannabis experts about it.
Our locations are in Germantown and on Whitebridge Pike or you can reach out online via this form. Since hemp products are unregulated, it’s important to make sure you go with an option that provides robust reporting as we do.
Whether it’s us or someone else, make sure you take the time to ensure you’re getting the product you are expecting. We want to make sure that you know what you’re getting and that you love it.