There's a lot of buzz going around about Delta-8.
Basically, it’s a form of THC that's legal in many states, but many skeptics say it's an unnatural cannabinoid or that it’s pretty much “marijuana.”
At Hometown Hero, we only use Delta-8 that is derived from hemp.
And in this blog post, we're going to teach you all about Delta-8 from hemp and in hemp!
We're going to cover:
- Naturally occurring Delta-8 THC
- CO2 extraction for cannabinoids
- Hemp-derived Delta-8
- Where to buy hemp-derived Delta-8 THC
Naturally Occurring Delta-8 THC
To simply put it, Delta-8 is a naturally occurring cannabinoid found in both hemp and marijuana in small amounts.
No, it's not a new cannabinoid and it wasn't something invented by humans.
In fact, if someone has used marijuana or hemp, they have already tried a small amount of Delta-8.
Cannabis has been around for about 28 million years. So it's safe to say that Delta-8 THC has been around for that long, give or take.
We’ve known about Delta-8 for decades. In 1974, the National Cancer Institute tested the effects of D8 on mice.
There is no molecular difference between Delta-8 THC in a product vs. Delta-8 in a plant.
Now, let’s talk about how cannabinoids get extracted from hemp.
CO2 Extraction For Cannabinoids
There are several ways you can get naturally derived cannabinoids from hemp.
We're going to start off and focus on a method called CO2 extraction.
Because it's the way we get our hemp-extracts at Hometown Hero.
And do you want to know a cool fact about it?
It's the same technique used for making decaf coffee.
First, you have an extraction vessel. It's a metal chamber where the hemp is first placed, and the process begins.
Then, beverage-grade liquid CO2 gets pumped into the extraction vessel.
Pressure and heat builds-up in the extraction vessel. It reaches such a point in which the CO2 converts from liquid to a supercritical fluid.
"Wait a second, hold on. What's a supercritical fluid?"
You're familiar with H2O, right? It comes in many different forms:
- Ice - solid
- Water - liquid
- Vapor/steam - gas
We all know how temperature affects H2O. For example, if you heat some ice, it will eventually become water, and when it gets hotter, that water becomes steam.
Pressure also affects the state of matter. For example, we all know that water boils at 100 degrees Celsius/212 degrees Fahrenheit.
These boiling points are at standard atmospheric pressure, aka Earth's atmospheric pressure at sea level.
The higher the elevation, the lower the boiling point because there is less pressure. In Denver, Colorado, for example, water boils at 95 degrees Celsius/203 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s great for saving a few cents while using a coffee maker (possibly decaf).
A supercritical fluid is a substance that has reached a point of extreme pressure and extreme heat where the liquid and gas phases no longer occur. However, it's not enough pressure to compress it into a solid.
This creates a state of matter that has properties of liquids and gases.
The supercritical CO2 saturates the hemp and lifts cannabinoids from it.
After that, a flow opens, leading the supercritical CO2 and the Delta-8 it's carrying from the extraction vessel into the separation vessel.
In the separation vessel, the CO2, free from the pressure, converts into a gas. As a result, the hemp extracts fall to the bottom of the vessel.
Afterward, the CO2 moves into a cooling tower, where it gets converted into a liquid, where it can be used again.
Or, if they felt like it, they could just keep it as gas and use it to carbonate their favorite drinks. After all, it is beverage-grade CO2, which is at least 99.9% pure.
So basically, highly pressurized CO2 pushes the cannabinoids out of the hemp. This creates a mixture of CO2 and hemp extracts, which gets separated when the CO2 turns into a gas.
It’s that simple!
There are several other ways to extract cannabinoids directly from hemp.
So why do we choose CO2 extraction?
CO2 is non-toxic, non-flammable, and it's chemically inert. These qualities ensure safety for both those who are extracting the cannabinoids and for our customers.
CO2 extraction, as mentioned before, is used for making decaf coffee and other consumable items for decades. It's proven and versatile.
Plus, CO2 is considered a "solventless solvent."
"What does that mean?"
A solvent is a liquid used to dissolve something. The solvent has to be removed from the mixture to avoid impurities.
As mentioned before, the CO2 separates itself from the hemp extracts when it turns into a gas, leaving no trace behind.
Now, onto why there's the distinction of "hemp-derived Delta-8."
Marijuana and hemp are the same species—cannabis.
Their only distinction is a legal one. Hemp is just cannabis with a 0.3% or lower concentration of Delta-9 THC. Marijuana is cannabis with any concentration higher than that.
Delta-8 THC isn’t intrinsically legal on a federal level. There are certain circumstances where it may be illegal.
If you were to take cannabis extracts from marijuana, and derive Delta-8 THC from it, that Delta-8 would be legally considered as marijuana.
When Delta-8 is derived from hemp, it is legally considered as hemp.
When you shop with Hometown Hero, you can guarantee that all of our Delta-8 is derived from hemp.
Because hey, we’re in Texas, and hemp is all we can get.
And we take extra care to make sure that all of our products are in compliance with state and federal laws.
Where To Buy Hemp-Derived Delta-8 THC
At Hometown Hero, we only use hemp-derived Delta-8 in our products. And our process starts off with CO2 extraction.
As of September 1, 2021, Delta 8 THC is legal in most states. So one of the benefits of hemp-derived Delta-8 THC is that it's federally legal.
Hemp-derived Delta-8's federal legality status means that it can be purchased online with credit or debit, and mailed to states where it's legal.
If you're only looking for naturally derived Delta-8 THC products from a business registered with the USPS, with COA’s from a DEA registered laboratory, then you're more than welcome to check out our online store.
Did we cover everything?
Is there anything we missed?
"What are some of the common ways to take Delta-8?"
We'd be more than happy to help!
Either leave a comment below or reach out to us via:
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone - (512) 551-0345
Or find us on social media @HometownHeroCBD
We've got experts on standby.