Delta-9 THC is a compound found naturally in the cannabis species (hemp and marijuana) or simply a "cannabinoid." It consists of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Some scientists theorize that THC offers plants protection against ultraviolet radiation (like a "cannabis sunblock"). Because of its structure, it can interact with a network in the human body called the "endocannabinoid system." For many, this interaction produces desirable and enjoyable effects.
In the United States, the Delta-9 THC concentration on a dry weight basis separates hemp and marijuana. Hemp, which Congress legalized through the 2018 Farm Bill, is cannabis with a 0.3% or less concentration of Delta-9 THC on a dry weight basis. Marijuana is cannabis with any concentration higher than this.
Delta-9 is the most widely-known form of THC. Most of the time, you hear or read the word "THC," it's usually in reference to Delta-9.
Delta-9 and Delta-8 are both naturally found in cannabis. These compounds are "isomers," meaning they are made of the same "stuff" but arranged differently. Delta-9 has a chemical bond on its ninth carbon chain, and Delta-8 has a bond on its eighth carbon chain.
Many would describe them as sharing similar properties but with different effects. They can bring about euphoria and relaxation but to different degrees. What should be noted is that cannabinoids, their quantity, and their mediums have effects that vary from person to person.
On a federal level and in many states, the first "checkbox" for legality is the source of the cannabinoid. Delta-9 and Delta-8 derived from hemp enjoy a wide range of legality on a federal level and in many states. However, a critical difference between the two is the concentration limit in terms of legality.
Hemp-derived Delta-9 is only legal in a 0.3% or lower concentration. It can be found in full-spectrum CBD, but for more noticeable amounts, it can only be found in edible form. However, the "trade-off" is that hemp-derived Delta-9 is legal in all 50 states. Delta-8 is permitted in most states (as of this writing), but it does not have a concentration limit as it is its separate compound. Because of this, Delta-8 THC is Farm Bill compliant as an edible and as flower, tinctures, vapes, and concentrate.
CBD and hemp-derived Delta-9 THC differ significantly in terms of the noticeability of their effects. Cannabis enthusiasts see CBD as having a more "passive" effect, while Delta-9 is far more "active."
It should also be known that hemp-derived Delta-9 and CBD pair nicely together. Alone, cannabinoids have their distinct effects, but together, they offer a desirable property known as the "entourage effect."
Our Select Spectrum product line, featuring gummies and baked goods, features a 1:1 ratio of CBD to hemp-derived Delta-9, along with minor cannabinoids. We curated this blend specifically for offering the entourage effect.
And if you're curious about hemp-derived Delta-9's interactions with other types of cannabis compounds, you should check out our Live Rosin Gummies. These gummies feature 25mg of hemp-derived Delta-9 and hemp concentrate containing a live terpene profile in indica and sativa varieties.
Hemp-derived Delta-9 products are meant for responsible enjoyment by adults 21 and older. Although it is possible to feel "overwhelmed" by consuming too much of this cannabinoid, there is very little threat of physical danger. Before trying hemp-derived Delta-9 products, you should consult your physician.
Under no circumstances should one drive or operate machinery after consuming hemp-derived Delta-9. Women who are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding should not consume hemp-derived Delta-9 or any cannabinoid products.
And finally, it's essential to know that there is no such thing as "childproof" packaging. Child-resistant packaging exists, but nothing is childproof. You should keep hemp-derived Delta-9 products out of the reach of children at all times.
The main benefit of hemp-derived Delta-9 is legal on a federal level and in all 50 states. This legal status means that it can be purchased online, shipped over state lines, and delivered like many other items.
We are not at liberty to discuss any potential health benefits to hemp-derived Delta-9 THC. Please consult with your doctor before taking any products containing cannabinoids.
Having trouble sleeping can indicate a severe medical condition. At Hometown Hero, we produce craft-quality hemp-derived Delta-9 THC products, but we are not medical professionals. Please consult your doctor if you are having trouble sleeping.
Some may find that the relaxation brought on by hemp-derived Delta-9 can help them focus. However, it's important to remember that the effects of cannabinoids can vary from person to person. One person may experience an effect or a certain degree, while another might not or experience it differently.
Delta-9 THC derived from hemp at a concentration of 0.3% or lower by dry weight is legal on a federal level and in all 50 states. When derived from marijuana or any concentration above 0.3% on a dry weight basis, it is considered a controlled substance by the federal government and many states. Please note that this is the general status of Delta-9 legality as of the writing of this article.
Have any more questions about hemp-derived Delta-9? You may find your answer in the commonly asked questions below.
Hemp-derived Delta-9 THC has the potential to be psychoactive. Many enthusiasts have described hemp-derived Delta-9 as bringing on feelings of euphoria, relaxation, creativity, giggliness, and the "munchies." Do not drive or operate heavy machinery after consuming any Delta-9, whether from hemp or marijuana.
There is no universal length of time for when the effects of Delta-9 start. As of this writing, hemp-derived Delta-9 THC in noticeable amounts, is only legally available in edible form. It takes longer for edibles' effects to kick in compared to other methods of consumption.
Although it is possible to feel "overwhelmed" by consuming too much of this cannabinoid, there is very little threat of physical danger. Before trying hemp-derived Delta-9 products, you should consult your physician. Beyond that, how any cannabinoid affects someone varies from person to person.
Hemp-derived Delta-9 THC at a 0.3% or lower concentration is legal in the following states: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY.
Hemp-derived Delta-9 can also be purchased in Washington DC and Puerto Rico.
Yes, you can purchase hemp-derived Delta-9 THC on this exact website. At Hometown Hero, we offer several varieties of hemp-derived Delta-9 products, which include our Live Rosin Gummies (available in indica and sativa terpene profiles), and Select Spectrum line (1:1 CBD to hemp-derived Delta-9 ratio, with minor cannabinoids).
Drug tests are designed to detect metabolites of THC. They were also developed in a time before the 2018 Farm Bill. Unfortunately, a drug test will not see if a metabolite was used to break down federally legal hemp-derived Delta-9 THC or Delta-9 THC from marijuana. It is best to avoid consuming any products containing hemp-derived cannabinoids if there's a drug test in the near future.
Hemp-derived Delta-9 THC, in any notable amount, is only available as an edible. For the best possible enjoyment of hemp-derived Delta-9 edibles, it's best to start small and see where you want to proceed from there. Edibles tend to have a slower onset of effects that last longer when compared to other methods of cannabinoid consumption. Do not drive after consuming an edible, and return uneaten edibles to a place that is out of reach of children.
There is no universal answer to how much hemp-derived Delta-9 you should consume. If it's your first time trying edibles with Delta-9 THC from hemp, do not eat the entire "unit." For example, if you are trying gummies for the first time, you should not eat a whole gummy. Instead, cut it up into smaller pieces, see where it takes you, and then decide where you want to go from there.