A Guide To Hemp

A Guide To Hemp

Posted by The Good Life Crew on 13th Sep 2022

Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana

The biggest difference between hemp and marijuana is the amount of THC each one produces. Hemp tends to produce high amounts of CBD and low amounts of THC; while marijuana tends to produce more THC and less CBD. However, that’s not to say that hemp can’t get you high, you’ll just need to extract a lot of THC. Due to current federal laws, any product that contains more than 0.03% of Delta 9 THC; including in its raw form is not able to be sold or shipped across state lines. This means that Delta 8 THC has to have less than 0.03% of Delta 9 THC and must come from the hemp plant. The type of high that both hemp-derived Delta 8 THC and marijuana (Delta 9 THC) produces are different. Marijuana tends to be a lot stronger because it’s cultivated to be that way. Delta 8 THC is less potent and tends to not produce the same side effects that Delta 9 THC does. Although they are both psychoactive you won’t get the same high because of the small differences. We recommend Delta 8 THC for anyone looking to get into THC or for those who can’t handle the effects of Delta 9 THC.

How is this legal?

The Farm Bill was passed in 2018 making CBD legal on the Federal level. However, individual states have restricted both CBD and hemp-derived extracts. This means that there are more states that have legalized hemp extracts because of the Farm Bill. At the time that this blog was written – there haven’t been any Federal laws passed to decriminalize marijuana. Although state laws vary, we’re hoping that this current presidential administration will finally legalize all types of cannabis.

What Is Delta-8 THC?

Delta 8 THC is a powerful cannabinoid native to the cannabis flower. Delta-8-THC is an isomer of CBD, which is a derivative of hemp and CBD, a cannabinoid found in hemp, and is found in our products with less than 0.3% Delta-9-THC. In other words, Delta 8 THC is sort of a middle ground between hemp, CBD and THC-Delta-9.

Analogue of THC

According to The National Cancer Institute, Delta-8 THC is defined as “an analogue of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties.” They also stated that “this agent exhibits a lower psychotropic potency than Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta-9-THC), the primary form of THC found in cannabis.”

What Is Delta-9 THC?

Delta-9 THC is probably the most popular cannabinoid, as it is the one most closely associated with traditional cannabis. However, the Delta-9 THC we use comes from the Hemp plant, and not from Marijuana.

Hemp Derived Delta 9

THC is the most prevalent psychoactive compound in Marijuana, but less prevalent in Hemp. The Delta-9 variety is the one most responsible for the recreational ‘high’ associated with cannabis. It can be detected in the human body for up to twenty hours after ingestion, even though its psychoactive effects only last a few hours at most.

What Is Delta-10 THC?

Delta-10 is a powerful cannabinoid native to the hemp flower. It’s very similar to Delta 8 THC in the way it’s made; THC is extracted from the Hemp plant, then the Delta 10 THC is isolated and made into a distillate that is found in our products with less than 0.3% Delta-9-THC.

Understanding Delta 10

Delta-10 THC is one of the hundreds of cannabinoids you can find in hemp and cannabis. Unlike Delta-9 THC, which is mostly found in cannabis, Delta-10 appears in trace amounts within the Hemp plant and is extracted to create our Delta-10 products.

What Is THC-O?

One important thing to keep in mind is that THC-O is an isolate. It is free of other cannabinoid elements, such as flavonoids and terpenes. The final result is a thick oil that tends to be 3x times more powerful than THC. Also, very little is known about the effects and benefits of this cannabinoid.

Potent High

THC-O offers a more potent high and users report it as being an introspective, almost spiritual experience. It is said to take you to an almost alternate state, more akin to the ‘trips’ associated with the milder hallucinogens. Users report that they prefer its potency and enjoy its strong effect. However, we enrich our THC-O with Delta 8 THC in order to produce a more enjoyable experience for all.

What Is THCV?

While all these cannabinoids are derived from the Hemp plant, THCV is derived from a type of CBG cannabinoid. Moreover, Hemp strains that originated in Africa tend to have more THCV, but other strains can also have high amounts of THCV in them.

A different high

One of the biggest differences between THC and THCV is the fact that it tends not to produce a “high” when taken in low dosages. However, once you start to use higher amounts of THCV it tends to become psychoactive. Another notable difference with THCV is that it tends to suppress the munchies rather than increase them. What this means is that you shouldn’t expect to get weird cravings like you would with regular THC!

What Is THC-P?

THCP first begins as a substance initially formed as cannabigerolic acid (CBGA), known as the “mother cannabinoid” from which cannabinoids derive from. As carboxyl groups (molecules comprising one carbon, two oxygen, and one hydrogen atom) from the molecule. This happens when the plant part is heated.

33 Times Stronger

Depending on the various enzymes with which it interacts, CBGA can become tetrahydrocannabinol acid (THCA) or cannabidiol acid (CBDA), among others. By the same token, TCHPA (Tetrahydrocannabiphorol Acid) and CBDPA (Cannabidiphorol Acid) become THCP and CBDP when heated. They compose only a small percentage of a plant’s overall cannabinoid makeup — and they’re quite potent. In fact, THCP is 33 times stronger than regular THC, which means its effects on the body are amplified.

What Is HHC?

The biggest difference between HHC and other Hemp products that we carry, such as Delta 8 THC, Delta 9 THC, etc. is that HHC has no double bond in its carbon chain. Whereas products like Delta 8 have a double bond in the 8th carbon, and Delta 9 has a double bond in the 9th carbon. If we were to compare the effects of HHC, it would be somewhere between Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC.

HHC is not THC

You can expect to experience similar euphoric sensations as you would with THC. However, some users have said that it provides mental cloudiness like Delta 9 THC, but not turbulent. The type of experience will also depend on your THC tolerance, although HHC is not THC, it does bind to your Endocannabinoid receptors. This is what ultimately determines the type of experience from HHC.

What Is HHC-O?

When you compare HHC to HHC-O you’ll find very similar effects, but one of the major differences is in the overall experience. Regular HHC cannabinoid potency tends to fall somewhere between Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC. However, HHC-O can be up to 1.5 times more potent than regular HHC.

HHC-O is very Potent

What this means is that you’re more than likely to have a closer experience to Delta 9 THC with HHC-O than you would with regular HHC. Also, because HHC-O tends to be a lot stronger you’re more than likely to have more of an Indica heavy type of experience. The Indica strain is known more for its sedative-like properties.

What Is THCH?

One of your first thoughts might be, how is THCh any different from regular THC? The difference with THCh when compared to Delta 8 is its potency. As stated earlier, the potency of THC is noticeable on a molecular level. This is because Tetrahydrocannabihexol (THCh) has a 6-carbon sidechain while regular THC has only a 5-carbon sidechain.

THCh Long Carbon Sidechain

The longer the sidechain is on a cannabinoid, the longer, more drawn out psychoactive effects you’re likely to experience. The hexol in Tetrahydrocannabihexol refers to the 6-carbon sidechain in the THC. This is significant because Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC only have a 5-carbon sidechain.

What Is THCJD?

Another potent cannabinoid with an even longer carbon sidechain is Tetrahydrocannabioctyl (THCjd). This cannabinoid has an 8-carbon sidechain which makes it the most potent cannabinoid to date. The only other cannabinoid that was considered to be the most potent was Tetrahydrocannabiphorol (THCP). However, THCP only has a 7-carbon sidechain, so the extra carbon sidechain in THCjd makes it the most potent cannabinoid.

19 Times Stronger

The result in a longer carbon sidechain means that THCjd is 19 times stronger than THC. Keep in mind, 19 times stronger means is that THCjd has a 19% more chance of sticking to your receptors. These receptors in your body are responsible for that psychoactive feeling that you get.