Delta 8 THC has been exploding in popularity around the country due to its unique effects and legality. Even though Delta 8 THC is gaining popularity, there is usually only a small selection of available products with Delta 8 THC in them. One that consumers would like to see more of is Delta 8 flower, but as of today, Delta 8 flower is very difficult to find.
This article will discuss why Delta 8 THC is hard to find in a flower form and what’s preventing it from being more widely available. In order to understand why Delta 8 flower is hard to come by, you must first know how it’s made.
How Delta 8 THC is Made
Delta 8 THC is a cannabinoid that is found naturally in the hemp plant. Under the 2018 Farm Bill, it was made legal along with CBD, CBG, and other cannabinoids derived from hemp. This little molecule has a similar chemical structure to that of Delta 9 THC, but with completely different effects and less potency due to its lesser ability to bind to the endocannabinoid system in the body.
Hemp that is grown to extract cannabinoids have low levels of Delta 8 THC. While there are currently breeders looking to make Delta 8 THC’s expression go up in hemp naturally, there isn’t a strain of hemp flower with high enough levels to be sold on its own. To get Delta 8 THC in useful concentrations, the hemp plant is put through a process that extracts and concentrates Delta 8 THC.
Delta 8 THC Concentrate
Once Delta 8 THC has been extracted from the hemp plant, its pure form is a clear sticky liquid. This Delta 8 concentrate can then be added to products in various ways to be consumed. You’ve probably seen Delta 8 gummies and Delta 8 carts. This is just pure concentrated Delta 8 THC that has been mixed with other solutions to make for an enjoyable experience. Pure Delta 8 THC concentrate (also called distillate) is typically sold in syringes because of its viscosity.
What is Delta 8 Flower?
Because hemp cannot be grown with high enough concentrations of Delta 8 THC to make a “Delta 8 flower” (at this time anyway), Delta 8 THC is added to hemp flower to create it. This does create problems for many people who make Delta 8 flower, however. Pure Delta 8 THC is a sticky liquid that never solidifies. When added to hemp flower, it creates a soggy, sticky mess that is hard to consume (or even get out of the bag!).
Hometown Hero has developed a process using the same technology used to create our solid Delta 8 concentrate to make Raygun, our Delta 8 THC flower. Raygun is a Delta 8 flower that has had Delta 8 THC added in such a way to prevent excess stickiness and moisture. It has a dark green color with an earthy flavor and a sweet finish that smokes just as well as regular hemp flower.
Delta 8 THC Dosage in Flower
The amount of Delta 8 THC used to make flower can vary depending on how much is added. Some producers only lightly spray their flower with Delta 8 distillate while others dip the whole bud. This creates wildly different results in texture, consistency, and dosage. When flower has a very high mg per gram of flower dosage, this usually means the flower will be soggy but potent. When a mild spay is used, the flower retains more of its original characteristics but less Delta 8.
Delta 8 flower that is between 150mg-220mg is a great sweet spot, so your Delta 8 flower has the perfect balance between potency and consistency. Anything more, and you’ll likely get a soggy bag of Delta 8 mush!
If you’re looking to buy Delta 8 THC flower, make sure to check reviews and product photos. You don’t want to be stuck with a bag of soggy hemp stuck to the inside of the container!