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You may have heard the news that Delta-8’s legality in Texas is in limbo right now.
And you may have caught wind that Hometown Hero CBD, Bayou City Hemp, and the Texas Hemp Federation are leading the fight against Delta-8 prohibition in the Lone Star State.
So what can you do to kick back and relax in the meantime?
In this blog post, we're going to cover actual, hemp-derived alternatives to Delta-8 THC.
So in this blog post, we're going to cover:
How Delta-8 affects your body
Why choose an alternative to Delta-8?
Delta-8 alternatives for Texans
Let’s dive right in!
If you're looking for a solid Delta-8 alternative, especially if you're in Texas, then Select Spectrum is your best option.
So what is Select Spectrum, and why might a Delta-8 enthusiast enjoy it as a substitute?
In some ways, you may consider Select Spectrum to be a hemp-derived Delta-9 product since no matter the product, it features a 1:1 ratio of CBD to hemp-derived Delta-9.
The blend will be expressed in different amounts depending on the type of product.
For example, each Select Spectrum Gummy contains 10mg of CBD and 10mg of hemp-derived Delta-9 THC.
However, Select Spectrum Cocoa Squares contain 300mg of CBD and 300mg of hemp-derived Delta-9 THC.
Want to know another great part about Select Spectrum?
It's legal in all 50 states, and the Texas ban on Delta-8 has no effect on it.
This is because all the cannabinoids in Select Spectrum products are derived from hemp, and the Delta-9 THC never exceeds a 0.3% concentration on a dry weight basis.
And just as a head's up, because of the hemp-derived Delta-9 THC, these products have the potential to be psychoactive, and please do not drive a vehicle after consuming a Select Spectrum product.
So if you're in a state like Texas where Delta-8 is in jeopardy (or just any state in general since it's legal in a 50), Select Spectrum is an excellent alternative to Delta 8 THC.
Now let's jump into some other alternatives that you may want to consider.
Some might consider Select Spectrum to be a hemp-derived Delta-9 product. But because of the CBD and minor cannabinoids, it more or so leans into being its "own thing" since the blend is meant to promote the entourage effect.
So what are your other options for hemp-derived Delta-9 if you're looking for a Delta-8 alternative?
Right now, as of fall 2021, Select Spectrum is your best bet for a hemp-derived Delta-9 product.
The reason is that products that contain a notable amount of hemp-derived Delta-9 are still relatively new. After all, Hometown Hero launched Select Spectrum in the summer of 2021.
However, Select Spectrum is certainly not going to be the last of our hemp-derived Delta-9 products.
So if you're in Texas or other states where Delta-8 legality is in question, be on the lookout for more hemp-derived Delta-9 products from Hometown Hero.
We may have an entirely new type of product that's just around the corner. And for updates, be sure to follow us on social media.
In terms of effects and degree, hemp-derived Delta-9 products (or items like Select Spectrum, which contain the cannabinoid) are the closest alternative to Delta-8.
However, hemp has over 113 known cannabinoids, so it's always good to talk about other options that you may want to consider.
The first that probably comes to many people's minds is cannabidiol, most commonly known as "CBD."
CBD is the most prominent cannabinoid in hemp and the second most prominent in marijuana (after Delta-9 THC).
The effects of this cannabinoid aren't as noticeable as Delta-8 or hemp-derived Delta-9. However, many have found these effects to be quite desirable.
Generally, people who have taken CBD products reported:
Having a slight edge taken off
So if you're looking for a Delta-8 alternative that's more or so on the milder end of the spectrum, CBD can be a great option.
If you're looking for a direct Delta-8 alternative, again, hemp-derived Delta-9 products are going to be your best bet.
However, people enjoy hemp for a wide range of reasons, and CBD might fit what you're looking for.
At this point, we've covered some of the most well-known cannabinoids for those looking for Delta 8 alternatives.
But now, let's get into some of the "deeper cuts" available such as cannabichromene or just "CBC."
Although CBC is not as much of a household name yet, it was discovered in 1966, along with CBD, and it's the third most prominent cannabinoid in cannabis.
The effects of CBC are going to be closer to that of CBD rather than Delta-8 or hemp-derived Delta-9 THC.
The interesting part about CBC, in particular, is that it binds to a different set of receptors compared to THC and CBD, which may offer some differences in effects.
Again, it depends on what you're looking for in a hemp product, but you may want to consider CBC as a Delta-8 alternative.
Cannabigerol, commonly known as "CBG," is another noteworthy cannabinoid that may offer desirable effects for someone searching for a Delta-8 alternative.
To many in the cannabis world, CBG is the "mother cannabinoid" since its raw acidic form of CBGA is the precursor to cannabinoids such as CBD and THC.
CBG does interact with the endocannabinoid system in the human body. There is some research out there about the effects of CBG. However, it's important to note that cannabinoids affect everyone a bit differently.
The effects of CBG are going to be closer in the range of CBD and CBC.
Again, CBG serving as an alternative to Delta 8 THC depends on what you're looking to get out of a hemp product.
How Delta-8 Affects Your Body
That just about wraps it up for the specific types of Delta-8 alternatives, but if you're still on the fence about Delta-8 alternatives, we’re going to discuss the effects in more detail.
This way you can have a more concrete idea of how some cannabinoids might fill in this gap.
Delta-8, along with other cannabinoids, work through your endocannabinoid system.
So back in the late 1980s, scientists at the St. Louis University Medical School discovered mammalian receptors that respond to cannabinoids.
This turned out to be an undiscovered system of the body called the endocannabinoid system. Basically, it's a system of receptors that help regulate homeostasis (stable conditions) throughout the body.
There are chemical messengers that the body produces called "endogenous cannabinoids." Cannabinoids such as Delta-8, Delta-9, CBD, and others can bind to these receptors since they are similar to endogenous cannabinoids.
The truth is that there is not one single answer to how Delta-8 affects your body because cannabinoids affect everyone a bit differently.
However, many cannabis enthusiasts have described Delta-8 as having properties similar to hemp-derived Delta-9 (the most well-known form of THC) but with different effects that are desirable milder.
Hemp connoisseurs have described various feelings after consuming Delta-8, which includes:
Sense of wellbeing
It's important to note that one should never consume Delta-8 before operating any type of vehicle.
And that pretty much wraps up what Delta-8 is and its effects.
Why Choose an Alternative to Delta-8?
The rise of Delta-8 has been one of the most important developments in cannabis. For the first time in modern U.S. history, a widely legal form of THC was available across the country.
Legality doesn't only mean that you no longer have to look over your shoulder to enjoy the relief and relaxation that hemp can offer.
It also means that you can have these products shipped to your door or that they're readily available in your local CBD shop.
If you are looking for a legal alternative to Delta-8, especially in a state like Texas, then hemp-derived Delta-9 products are going to be your best bet.
However, depending on your preferences, you may even want to consider CBD, CBC, or CBG. It all depends on what you're looking for.
Delta-8 Alternatives for Texans
To be clear, the fight for Delta-8 legality in Texas is anything but over.
However, if you live in Texas and enjoyed Delta-8, we hope to find the same relief or relaxation in hemp-derived Delta-9 THC, unaffected by the ban.
For us at Hometown Hero, this fight is more than personal. It's not just about being able to enjoy a joint or a gummy.
It's about helping veterans, helping small businesses, and standing up for the people of Texas.
The whole reason why Hometown Hero got into Delta-8 and similar products is because of the relief that veterans have found through cannabis.
Cannabis still remains widely restricted throughout the United States, and now those restrictions are encroaching upon hemp-derived THC. Delta-8 was the only available form of legal THC that veterans living in restrictive states could get for a time.
And this is a fight about small businesses as well. Many Texans and their families rely on selling Delta-8 to keep the lights on and food on the table.
A state government agency (not an elected body of lawmakers) moving forward to turn tens of thousands of people trying to make an honest living into potential felons without notice is unacceptable.
And finally, although the Texas government remains restrictive on cannabis, most Texans favor the legalization of cannabis.
A poll taken in early 2021 by the University of Texas and the Texas Tribute found that 88% of Texans (28% medical only, 32% small amounts, 28% in any amount) favored the legalization of marijuana in some form or another.
Just 13% thought it should be illegal in any circumstance.
Delta-8 and hemp-derived Delta-9 products are not marijuana. However, this staunch prohibitionist viewpoint, held by a small fraction of the Lone Star State, should not be imposed on the masses. And it should not be carried over to hemp-derived THC.
If you are interested in joining the fight against Delta-8 prohibition in Texas, you can donate to the Texas Hemp Federation.
From all of us at Hometown Hero, we thank you for all of your support over the years. Because of our customers, we can help veterans in need and fight for cannabis in the great state of Texas.
In the meantime, we hope you enjoy a Delta 8 alternative such as hemp-derived Delta-9. And you can stay tuned for updates/developments through:
The fight for Delta-8 in Texas has only begun.