Delta 9 THC is nothing new – it’s been around for decades, made a ton of headlines, and has recently come back under scrutiny by the FDA. So why then is Delta 9 popping up online and in stores around the US? Good question.
As of 2018, the only federally legal strain of hemp is one that contains less than 0.3 percent THC by dry weight. And all hemp-derived products are under the same restrictions. Which raises the question: Where are all these Delta 9 THC products coming from, and how are they legal?
To answer that, we first need to dive into some background information, such as:
- What is Delta 9 THC?
- What is the difference between Delta 9 gummies and full spectrum CBD gummies?
- What is microdosing?
- Where can I buy Delta 9 online?
- Are there any red flags I should look out for?
- How can I safely buy Delta 9 online?
What Is Delta 9 THC?
As one of the over 100 cannabinoids found in the Cannabis sativa plant, Delta 9 THC differs from the other cannabinoids in one very important way. While it’s not the only cannabinoid that can create psychedelic effects (such as Delta 8 and Delta 10 THC), it is the only one subject to federal regulations.
Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, Delta 9 THC is very closely monitored and can only make up 0.3 percent of any product. Of course, states have been allowed to enforce their own regulations, which means the laws surrounding Delta 9 THC may differ based on your location. So make sure to double check your state’s laws before purchasing or using any THC product – including Delta 9 gummies.
Delta 9 Gummies vs Full Spectrum CBD Gummies
Both have Delta 9 THC in them, so what’s the difference?
The first difference is in their concentrations. At cbdMD, our Delta 9 THC gummies contain 10 mg of THC in every bite whereas our full spectrum CBD gummies have just over 1 mg of THC in each gummy. Although our full spectrum gummies are available in three different concentrations, each formula contains the same amount of THC per serving. And of course, they both have less than 0.3 percent THC by dry weight and are completely federally legal.
Both formulas include CBD and a range of additional cannabinoids and terpenes to fully trigger the entourage effect, but our Delta 9 gummies place an emphasis on THC while our full spectrum formula includes just a dash of THC. Full spectrum CBD gummies are a great choice for anyone who wants to see the full benefits of the entourage effect, but is hesitant to try anything with a stronger amount of THC.
Even so, trying Delta 9 gummies is one of the best, and easiest, ways to dip your toes into THC. Because not only do they have a decent amount of THC, but they also include 50 mg of CBD per gummy. And when you use CBD and THC together, CBD may lessen the more adverse effects you would traditionally see with Delta 9 THC. Which would give you all the amazing benefits of both cannabinoids without any major downsides.
Plus, they come in delicious cherry and blue razz flavors, and you can buy Delta 9 gummies in a five count pouch so you can try them out and see what you think.
What Is Microdosing?
Microdosing Delta 9 THC isn’t as complicated as it might sound. Especially when we’ve done all the work for you. Our Delta gummies are pre-measured and can easily be cut in half or in quarters if you would prefer a smaller serving size. But that can get messy (and sticky!).
Just this past year cbdMD released our brand new Delta 9 THC Microdose Capsules, which contain a single milligram of THC per capsule. They might not be as yummy as our Delta 9 gummies, but they sure are easy to use. This way you can customize your perfect serving size or adjust how much Delta 9 THC you’re taking at any time. And if you’ve never used THC, microdosing is a great way to ease yourself into it, and allows you time to see how your body reacts.
Our microdose Delta 9 capsules also allow for a ton of flexibility in your supplement regimen throughout the day. No two days are alike – and some days you need a little extra help than others. By microdosing Delta 9 THC, you can add a single milligram of THC throughout your day as needed. Which can be especially helpful if a new work project pops up out of the blue or you need a little extra help relaxing before a social event.
Or maybe you want to allow your system to work up to being able to use a whole Delta 9 gummy? By using Delta 9 THC Microdose Capsules, you can gradually increase or adjust your THC regimen as needed, making it easier than ever to acclimate your body to a new wellness schedule.
Where Can I Buy Delta 9 Online?
You can buy Delta 9 THC just about everywhere nowadays: grocery stores, gas stations, and even online. But just because you can buy something that claims to be Delta 9 doesn’t mean it’s safe. The Delta 9 THC you see lining the shelves and being advertised all across the internet isn’t created equally. In fact, some of it may not contain any Delta 9 THC at all.
Until the FDA can institute a regulation program for the production and sale of Delta 9 THC products, there is no incentive or reason for companies to be honest about what they put in their products – or how they make them. Which means that unless you do a little digging beforehand, you may end up buying Delta 9 gummies that contain way more or less THC than you intended.
So before you rush to your computer to buy Delta 9 online, there are a few things you should look for – the first and foremost being transparency.
What Is Transparency?
In this case, transparency means being upfront about manufacturing processes, sourcing, lab results, and so much more. Basically, if you have a question about something, you should be able to find the answer on their website. And if it’s not there, they should be happy to answer that question for you.
If you can’t find the answers you’re looking for and a company seems hesitant to give them to you, well… That in itself is your answer.
A trustworthy, transparent company wants to give you the information so you can make an informed decision. Because you deserve to know exactly what you’re putting in and on your body. Transparency means providing you with third-party, ISO-certified lab testing results that clearly state exactly what is in every one of their products.
So if you want to safely buy Delta 9 online, you first need to know how to spot the red flags.
Delta 9 THC Red Flags
Delta 9 THC itself is federally regulated, but the same can’t be said for Delta 9 products. Although the FDA is working on it, they do not yet have a program in place to regulate the production and sale of Delta 9 THC products. And unfortunately, not all companies are honest on their product labels and company websites.
When it comes to buying Delta 9, there are a few key factors you should be on the lookout for. Some of the most prevalent Delta 9 THC red flags online include:
- Unknown sourcing
- No third-party testing results or inconsistent testing
- Unsupported claims or claims that are too good to be true
- Unclear manufacturing processes
- Poor independent product reviews
Delta 9 THC Green Flags
Now that we’ve covered what you don’t want to see, here are some green flags that signal you might be on the right track:
- A clearly organized website with information about both their products and their company
- They are upfront about where they source their Delta 9 THC from
- You can easily find their third-party, ISO-certified lab testing results
- All their products are clearly labeled so you know whether or not they contain Delta 9 THC – and these labels match their lab reports
- They have an easy-to-find phone number, email address, and/or online chat to answer any questions you may have
- You can find positive independent product reviews
- They are transparent in their manufacturing and production processes
Once you understand what you should be looking for, you can be more confident when you buy Delta 9 online or in stores.
How to Safely Buy Delta 9 Online
Speaking of which, it is often even safer to buy Delta 9 online than at your local health store or grocery store. Why? Because when you directly buy Delta 9 THC from a company, you’re already on their website. And if they’re transparent and don’t show any red flags, as we mentioned above, then you should have all the information you need right at your fingertips.
If you pay attention to the information listed above, it shouldn’t be too hard to separate the trustworthy and untrustworthy companies. But remember to double check your state’s policies on Delta 9 THC before buying or ingesting any THC products.
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