Delta-9 Gummies: A Legal High From Hemp? - Everything You Should Know
There's a new way hemp fans are enjoying a "legal high." And, no, we're not talking about delta-8 THC.
Sure, delta-8 gummies are a popular way for hemp fans to take advantage of THC's psychoactive properties. However, using delta-8 isn't the only trick hemp extractors use to produce compliant THC products.
Amazingly, there are now legal delta-9 gummies online and in brick-and-mortar stores throughout all 50 states. Even if your state has bans on recreational marijuana, you could legally chew on these delta-9-containing edibles.
Does this sound too wild to be for real? If so, you need to review the incredible loophole that makes delta-9 THC gummies possible.
Wait, Is The Delta-9 In THC Gummies Really Delta-9 THC?
Right out of the gate, we should emphasize the THC in hemp delta-9 gummies is the same delta-9 you'll find in marijuana strains. There's zero difference between the structure of delta-9 in a hemp edible versus the delta-9 in a marijuana product. The only difference is the hemp delta-9 edibles come from federally-recognized hemp plants.
The effects you'll feel from a hemp delta-9 gummy are the same as you'd experience with a marijuana delta-9 edible. After consuming one of these gummy bears, you should start to feel a "high" sensation within about 30 - 45 minutes. Depending on your THC tolerance and dosage, you may feel lightheaded, euphoric, or relaxed.
Please don't think hemp delta-9 THC gummies are any "less intense" than "real" cannabis-extracted THC edibles. The delta-9 that extractors take from hemp plants is just as high-inducing as what you'd find in traditional marijuana-infused gummies.
How Could Hemp Farmers Possibly Sell Delta-9 THC Gummies?
We understand how sketchy hemp delta-9 gummies may sound. After all, the 2018 US Farm Bill banned "delta-9" by name — hence the recent explosion in alternative delta-9 products like delta-8 and delta-10. So, how is it possible that manufacturers could offer gummies that openly promote delta-9 THC?
Well, when you read through the 2018 US Farm Bill, you'll notice DC gave hemp manufacturers a little "wiggle room" when making their products. Hemp extracts with ≤ 0.3 percent delta-9 THC on a dry weight basis are OK under the current federal guidelines.
Since lawmakers didn't write a maximum delta-9 milligram count per hemp product, it's OK to add as much delta-9 per gummy if it meets the 0.3 percent limit. When extractors make delta-9 edibles, they're careful to make their gummies weigh enough to fit a substantial amount of THC while staying in the ≤ 0.3 percent range.
How Do Hemp Manufacturers Make Delta-9 Gummies?
Although gummies manufacturers could extract delta-9 directly from hemp plants, that's not the most cost-effective strategy. Remember that hemp plants must contain 0.3 percent delta-9 on a dry weight basis.
So, it would take a substantial amount of legal hemp flowers to extract a relatively small vial of delta-9 extract. The extra cost of growing and processing all these flowers would make hemp delta-9 gummies costly for average consumers.
To help bring their operating expenses down, many hemp extractors start with the more abundant cannabinoid CBD and manipulate it to create delta-9 molecules. This is the same strategy most labs use to make delta-8 gummies. Since CBD has a similar structure to THC, it's relatively easy to create delta-9 with the right combination of solvents at high temperatures.
Throughout the manufacturing process, employees have to be extra careful their delta-9 gummies meet the ≤ 0.3 percent THC criteria. Reputable hemp companies will always weigh their gummies and test for total delta-9 THC concentration.
Do Delta-9 Gummies Feel The Same As "Regular" THC Edibles?
If a hemp gummy has the same delta-9 concentration as a marijuana edible, it will be impossible to tell them apart. Just because the delta-9 comes from hemp plants doesn't mean it's any more or less potent than marijuana-extracted delta-9.
In most cases, hemp delta-9 gummies will feel less intense compared with marijuana delta-9 gummies, but that's only because hemp manufacturers can't fit as much delta-9 in their products. Marijuana extractors in legal states have more leeway to pump their edibles with delta-9. However, this doesn't mean that comparable doses of hemp vs. marijuana delta-9 gummies won't have a similar effect.
By contrast, if you were to compare delta-9 THC gummies with delta-8 products, you'd probably notice a distinction. In most cases, customers claim delta-8 gummies have a lower intensity versus delta-9. Also, delta-8 usually provokes an "indica-like" high that makes users feel sleepy. Delta-9 THC gummies often hit harder with an uplifting and profoundly "heady high."
Could Hemp Delta-9 Gummies Provoke Side Effects?
Since delta-9 is more intense than delta-8 THC, it's more likely to induce side effects at lower doses. A few of the most common adverse reactions people experience with hemp delta-9 gummies include the following:
- Dry eyes
- Red eyes
- Intense hunger
On the positive side, it takes delta-9 gummies longer to enter your bloodstream than vape juices, tinctures, or smokable flowers. So, if you take a small dose of delta-9 gummies, it's less likely to have an adverse impact than more direct delivery methods.
The chance you'll experience side effects while taking delta-9 gummies largely depends on your THC tolerance. Those already familiar with delta-8 products should have an easier time upgrading to delta-9 gummies compared with THC newbies.
For your safety, you should only take the minimum suggested amount of delta-9 gummies on your first go. Please remember that it could take one hour for a delta-9 gummy to have an impact. Never exceed the recommended dose on your first try.
Sorry, Gotta Ask Again: Are Delta-9 Gummies Really Legal?
We understand how challenging it is to accept that delta-9 gummies are now legal in the USA. However, if you follow the current federal law, it's OK for hemp products to have delta-9 THC if it doesn't exceed 0.3 percent of the product's weight.
Please remember we've only been talking about federal hemp statutes. Each state could introduce unique hemp laws. In fact, some territories have already issued bans on delta-8 products. So, if you live in an area that's not cannabis-friendly, it's possible legislators could close this hemp delta-9 loophole.
Please always keep up-to-date on your city's latest hemp policies for more clarity on delta-9 and alternative THC cannabinoids.
How Do You Know Hemp Delta-9 Gummies Are Safe To Buy?
Every hemp product should have phenomenal third-party lab reports — especially delta-9 gummies. Because these edibles are so close to "crossing the line," you need evidence your hemp manufacturer complies with the 2018 US Farm Bill.
If you have to, break out a calculator and see if the product's THC milligram count meets the 0.3 percent standard versus its total weight. Also, make sure no nasty solvents, heavy metals, or pesticides are lurking in your delta-9 gummies.
Since the FDA doesn't oversee the hemp market, you should only work with brands like CBD Hemp Direct that have a track record for compliance. No matter what hemp cannabinoid we produce, we always promise to publish our Certificates of Analysis online. You can learn more about CBD Hemp Direct's exceptional standards on this page.