Delta-8 hemp THC is revered for its soothing and light psychoactive effects. Unlike the more common delta-9 THC, delta-8 products are considered legal in most states. On top of that, delta-8 products are not considered schedule 1 drugs, like delta-9 is. It comes down to one simple rule: if the product contains less than 0.3% delta-9 THC, it’s federally legal. It also cannot be at all synthetic. That means delta-8 hemp THC derived from plants is in the clear.
Technically speaking, delta-8 can be extracted from either the cannabis plant or the hemp plant. However, both plants contain extremely small amounts of delta-8, making it a bit more difficult to extract than other more abundant cannabinoids. With special breeding and advanced processing and extraction methods, we still have pure and potent delta-8 products available.
But let’s stop beating around the bush and try to answer this question simply. The vast majority of verified delta-8 products on the market today are derived from hemp. While it’s possible to extract it from the cannabis sativa plant, it would be difficult to eliminate all of the delta-9 necessary for it to be legally distributed. Additionally, many labs don’t even have the equipment to distinguish between delta-8 and delta-9, making it impossible to separate the two in a product. Extracting delta-8 from hemp takes the risk out of it completely as there’s much less delta-9 to worry about.
Make sure any delta-8 product you purchase was sourced from organic cannabis and hemp, and only contains cannabinoids, no synthetic fillers. As with any cannabis product, do your research, but know that whether the delta-8 was sourced from hemp or cannabis doesn’t really matter. As long as you’re purchasing it legally from a company you trust, you’ll be flying high in no time!