WHAT IS D8?
If you've been exploring hemp and CBD products you've probably came across some products that have D8, Delta 8, or Delta 8 THC. This compound is an isomer derivative of hemp derived CBD (cannabidiol). In other words, D8 is an analogue, created by taking pure CBD isolate and processing it into an oil that is nearly pure D8 distillate. This distillate can then be used to enhance a wide variety of products.
HOW TO USE D8?
Like most cannabinoids you can utilize them through transdermal, ingestion, and inhalation. In any case treat delta-8 similar to how you would treat pot, start low and go slow. Like D8's cousin, delta-9 THC, there are psychotropic effects inherent with use of delta-8. They are not as intense but you should respect the cannabinoid in similar ways with regard to dosing. It is recommended to not exceed 25 mg per dose, and give yourself at least 1 hour to feel the full effects of any dose you're enjoying.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE EFFECTS?
Speaking from personal experience, and the experiences of friends and family who have indulged in these products with me. I like to vape and ingest my cannabinoid products. For Delta-8, I love the gummies and canna bombs to eat, or I'll vape the Greater Hemp cartridges. 10 mg's will typically give you a slight body effect and a barely noticeable head change (psychotropic effect), it is great for my anxiety. 20 mg's or more has me feeling a pretty strong head and body effect, more than I prefer. I notice the effects from vaping being immediate, while ingesting is about 30 minutes.
IS D8 LEGAL?
I'm not a lawyer, and this is not legal advice. I've paid to receive legal opinion letters on this issue and it is our understanding that Delta-8 is not a banned substance per the Controlled Substances Act (the "CSA"). There have been reports from the executive branches of government stating that they do believe it should/is illegal, but the actual laws do not support this. In short, the Farm Bill of 2018 amends the CSA in 2 important ways;
1.) it removes hemp from the definition of marijuana in section 102(16) of the CSSA. 21 U.S.C. 802(16); and
2.) by listing THC as a Schedule I controlled substance in the CSA, it creates an exception for tetrahydrocannabinols (what D8 is) found in hemp.
While state by state laws may differ, I believe that products containing delta-8 are legal.