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What is Delta-9 THC?

THC stands for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta-9-THC), a cannabinoid molecule. THC is just one of more than 400 different active compounds—and 60 different cannabinoid molecules—contained in hemp, although Delta-9 THC is the most recognized for the effects it provides. Another important cannabinoid molecule that has received major interest is cannabidiol (CBD).

How Delta-9 THC Works

THC works by attaching to the body’s cannabinoid receptors, which are found throughout the brain and nervous system. THC can be detected in the body much longer than most other drug compounds (up to 20 hours after ingestion), although the effects it provides only last for a few hours.

THC is also stored in body fat and organs for three to four weeks. Hair follicle testing may identify THC after even longer periods of time, usually around 90 days. Urine testing is most commonly used, but has been found to be an unreliable method of detection.

Forms of Taking D9 THC

THC is often smoked as a flower (dried leaves of the cannabis plant), but there are actually a number of different ways that THC can be used, it can be consumed by:

  • Inhalation: This is the fastest method of delivery and produces the quickest effects, with people beginning to feel effects within seconds to minutes. There are a couple of different ways that THC can be inhaled. It may be smoked or vaped, although recent reports suggest that vaping may pose safety risks that require further investigation.
  • Oral Ingestion: THC can be taken by mouth in the form of capsules, edibles, tinctures, or oils. While this method of delivery takes longer to have an effect, often up to a couple of hours, the effects tend to last significantly longer than inhalation.
  • Topical application: THC can also be included in lotions, balms, salves, oils, and bath balms that are then applied topically to the skin. The effects of this method of application are usually localized, which means they are unlikely to have intoxicating effects. However, this is often a benefit for consumers who are new to THC products and therefore unsure of dosage and wary of over consumption.
  • Sublingual administration: THC can also be consumed as lozenges, sprays, or dissolvable strips that are placed under the tongue.

D9 THC in CBD Products

With the popularity of CBD, there has been a major market shift toward producing a seemingly endless variety of CBD products. Some of these products may contain traces of THC (around 0.3%), depending on how they’re formulated.

This small concentration is highly unlikely to result in any traditional THC effects, and some experts argue that the effectiveness of CBD is potentiated by small amounts of THC. However, if you’re looking for a CBD product without any trace THC, be sure to seek out a source that uses third-party testing to certify the purity of the product.

Delta-9’s Uses

While medicinal THC has a history dating back thousands of years, Delta-9 THC is currently illegal on a federal level. However several states have begun to make a push to legalize both medical and recreational consumption. Due to the federal classification of cannabis research has been slow moving into this emerging new market, but progress never stops.

Amount of THC in Hemp

We’re definitely not dealing with the same drug as we were in the past. This is because today’s Hemp is significantly more potent, with THC levels averaging 9.6%, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). By comparison, in the early 1990s, hemp generally had a THC level of about 4%.

The strength of modern “high-potency” strains of Hemp, such as sinsemilla (“skunk”), was reportedly at least four times as strong, containing about 15% THC. The amount of THC contained in different strains varies by the way that the hemp is grown as well as prepared for use, such as leaf/bud, hashish, or hashish oil. THC levels can exceed 50% in products made from hemp extracts.

History of THC

Hemp has a long history of use that dates back thousands of years. The first recorded use of hemp has been traced to China, where it was used for food, textiles, and medicine. Hemp was eventually introduced to Europe, and later to the Americas, where it came to use for both recreational and ritual purposes.

Hemp was first introduced in the U.S. during the 1600s. It was grown to produce textiles and was sometimes even used as legal tender. Hemp was used for a number of medical purposes as well, but its recreational use began to grow during the 1930s and 1940s.

Around this time, anti-drug campaigns began against its use and many states passed laws prohibiting the production, distribution and ingestion of THC. The 1936 film “Reefer Madness” portrayed Hemp as a dangerous drug that led to psychosis, violence, and suicide.

In 1970, the Controlled Substances Act classified THC as a Schedule I drug, identifying it as having a high potential for abuse and making the drug highly illegal at the federal level and highly regulated.

The “war on drugs” launched during the 1970s led to the large-scale incarceration of many people for possession and consumption of THC.

While it is still not legal at the federal level, many states have approved the use of Hemp and THC for medical and, in some states, recreational purposes. You should always check state laws where you live before purchasing any products containing THC or other cannabinoids.

In Conclusion

You can find Delta-9 products at medical dispensaries in states allowing for medical THC. Some states are allowing recreational sales of THC, which allows for easier accessibility, giving people accessibility to purchase it at most retail establishments (such as gas stations and smoke shops). You can actually find some Delta-9 gummies and products in our store as well, based on weight coming to 15mg per gummy!