Delta 9 THC
Delta 9 THC, also known as tetrahydrocannabinol, is one of the major cannabinoids in cannabis and hemp. Delta 9 THC is psychoactive and creates the feelings most commonly associated with cannabis. Delta 9 THC is the most common THC molecule and is often referred to as the “standard THC” when talking about the cannabis plant.
Although, other forms of this molecule also exist such as Delta-8 and Delta-10.
The federal legality of THC is still currently being discussed in policy making; however, products such as delta 9 gummies that are sourced from hemp and contain under 0.3% THC are legal.
Delta 9 is one of the most abundant cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, but it’s definitely not the only compound. Alongside D9, you’ll also find cannabinoids like CBD, CBN, THCV, and more; however, these cannabinoids don’t have psychoactivity levels like delta-9.
You can enjoy delta-9 through smoking, vaping, topical applications, oils, and one of the most convenient ways, edible gummies.
What is Delta 9 THC?
One of the main reasons delta 9 is so potent is that it has the ability to target both CB1 and CB2 receptors. The interaction of THC and CB1 receptors is what leads users to feel the psychoactive effects of the plant.
What is the Difference Between Delta-8 & Delta-9 THC?
Though delta-8 and delta-9 may sound similar, these two THC derivatives have quite different effects and places within the cannabis community. Delta-8 THC is not federally illegal like delta-9 is; however, numerous states have begun regulating the cannabinoid, making it illegal in many places across the country.
Although these cannabinoids have the same THC molecules, their structures differ very slightly. This makes delta 9 a bit more unstable and also provides a loophole into the federal legality of THC.
More instability means higher potency and more effects on the body, leading users to psychoactive effects, especially when taking large amounts of Delta 9. While Delta-9 THC has a double bond in the 9th chain of its carbon atom, Delta-8 has a double bond in its eighth chain.
Delta 9 is more abundant and naturally found in the cannabis plant while delta 8 is sometimes made by putting CBD in solvents. Effects also differ as delta 9 is much more potent than delta 8 and has some potential risks.
Why Alpine’s Hemp is Best to Buy Delta 9 Products
While tons of delta 9 is now available for purchase online, ensuring you are getting quality ingredients and the benefits of the full spectrum hemp plant are what makes Alpine’s Hemp Delta 9 gummies some of the most reliable. Alpine’s Hemp Co not only specializes in quality CBD products but now offers Delta-9 THC gummies as well.
Founded in Piedmont, North Carolina, this US-based retailer prides itself on simple ingredients and mindful cannabis use. All of their products come with a Certificate of Analysis to show quality sourcing, and this can be found on their website. Whether you choose Alpine’s Hemp gummies or not, it is always important to make sure the brand you are purchasing from is transparent and open about the sourcing and ingredients that go into their products.
These gluten-free hemp-derived delta 9 gummies come in various flavors and contain 25 mg of Delta 9 per 5 count pack. With these, you can skip the trips to dispensaries and receive these gummies — however it’s important to do your research beforehand.
Delta 9- Frequently Asked Questions
Since the amount of information out there can get overwhelming, below are some of the most frequently asked questions users tend to have regarding Delta 9 products.
Is Delta 9 Legal?
Delta 9 is currently legal in small doses thanks to the expansion of the 2018 Farm Bill that legalized hemp products with under .03% THC. This means that hemp products such as CBD as well as delta 9 under a certain percentage are federally legal. Delta 9, when sourced from the cannabis plant (marijuana) rather than the hemp plant, is still not federally legal.
THC derived from the hemp plant must contain under .03% in products to be under the legal limit. Most legal hemp products are currently marketed as full spectrum (meaning it contains all the cannabinoids of the hemp plant including THC). This is also under the minimum percentage needed to make users feel “high”.
In some US states where medical or recreational cannabis is legal, delta 9 is legal in higher doses and various kinds of consumption methods. Although hemp products are now technically legal, the FDA still has yet to approve these.
How much stronger is delta 9 than delta 8?
Although the difference in the structure of these molecules is small, the effects of delta 9 are genuinely much more potent than delta 8, by about 50%. This means one would have to take double the dose of delta 8 to feel similar effects of delta 9.
While both provide slight psychoactive effects, the delta 9 THC molecule is much more unstable and therefore more potent to the body's endocannabinoid receptors. Too much delta 9 can potentially cause negative and unwanted side effects in users, while in delta 8 this is rarely reported.
Ideally having small amounts of both in a full spectrum hemp product is recommended. For users looking to reap the benefits of THC while limiting psychoactive effects, starting out with Delta 8 and slowly increasing to Delta 9 may be ideal.
How long does Delta 9 take to start working?
Unlike delta 8, users will start to feel delta 9 effects almost immediately when smoked or vaped. The time it takes to feel the effects may also depend on the method of taking in general. Gummies and edibles take a bit longer to kick in (about 30-80 minutes).
Full spectrum products that contain delta 9 THC also provide users with “an entourage effect”, giving them the entire effects of the cannabinoid plant using a balance of Delta 9, Delta 8, CBD, CBG, CBN, and other cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. The frequency of use, your weight, gender, metabolism, and other factors will all play a role in how quickly your body begins to process delta 9.
Some users who are used to taking delta 9 may not feel as strong effects as fast compared to someone who is a beginner user. It is always important when taking Alpine’s Hemp delta 9 gummies to not take more than the recommended dose until you give them enough time to kick in.
Can Delta 9 get you high?
Yes Delta 9 THC can definitely get you high, especially when taken in larger doses. Delta 9 is the part of the cannabinoid plant that is psychoactive and works with the CB1 receptors to provide a slight “euphoric buzz” throughout the body.
For users looking to reap the benefits of cannabinoids without feeling any psychoactive effects, we also offer broad-spectrum hemp products, which only contain CBD and zero THC.
Is Delta 9 available for purchase online?
Yes, there are various forms of delta 9 available online, with a majority of these having under the legal limit of .03% THC. In some states where cannabis is legalized, Delta 9 products can be purchased at higher doses although this is often through a medical or recreational cannabis dispensary.
Although there are many online stores now offering delta-9 products, many of these can have toxic ingredients to the body and environment. Make sure the brand you are buying from is transparent in their ingredients, and manufacturing process and requires third party testing to ensure you are getting high quality delta 9 gummies.
What are Your Dosing Methods for Delta 9?
As mentioned above, taking too much delta 9 can definitely lead to users feeling strong physical and mental effects. For convenience, our gummies are pre-dosed with a very specific amount of THC. Every gummy contains 25 mg of Delta-9 and each package contains 125 mg of Delta-9.
The recommended dose for Alpine’s Hemp gummies is ½ to a full gummy at a time. This will take about 30-60 minutes to kick in, so don’t expect to feel the effects immediately. Dosing methods may differ for various products or brands, so it is always important to read the instructions and recommended dose.
All Alpine Hemp products' ingredients and dosing instructions can be found on the packaging for easy consumption. Delta-9 gummies are one of the more convenient ways of regulating how much THC you are taking in compared to smoking or other methods.
How do you use Delta 9 products?
There are various ways to have delta 9 products. These include oils, lotions, gummies, chocolates, smoking, and more. In general pre-dosed gummies are one of the easiest ways to take delta 9 and ensure you aren't taking more than the recommended dose.
Does Delta 9 THC make you fail a drug test?
Unfortunately even taking products with less than the federally legal limit of THC in a product can still cause positives on a drug test. Currently, most standard drug tests measure THC metabolites in the blood or urine rather than specific cannabinoids in the cannabis plant.
This means that even delta 8 THC or CBD with small traces of delta 8 or delta 9 can cause an unwanted positive on a drug test. Most typical urine tests work by detecting delta 9’s primary metabolite “THC-COOH”.
These metabolites can stay in the urine for anywhere from a week to a month after last use as THC is stored in the fat cells. Age, gender, weight, and metabolism will all play a role in how fast your body can detox remaining THC metabolites.
How does Delta 9 make you feel?
The desired effects of delta 9 are definitely based on the individual and the amount of THC taken. Although many users find they are able to get effects for a variety of different reasons when taking THC.
Although delta 9 has been around for hundreds of years and is pretty well researched, common side effects users may report from consumption include:
Fatigue or brain fog
Is Delta 9 safe to use?
It’s important to get Delta 9 from a trusted, and tested business or lab. Again if you have never taken delta 9 before do be mindful as large doses can cause users to feel uneasy.
Has the FDA approved Delta 9 THC?
Although the 2018 farm bill federally legalized hemp and CBD products. Currently, all hemp products including delta 9 THC are not FDA approved. This is still due to other limitations in federal laws and funding.
Although cannabis is still not FDA approved for marketing in the general treatment of illnesses, there are a few kinds of prescription cannabinoid/THC products that are approved for the treatment of epilepsy and a few other disorders.
These include cesamet, Marinol, epidiolex, and Sativex. As consumption, advocacy, education, and research continues to increase, it is only a matter of time until the FDA approves more generalized CBD and THC products.
Again, Delta 9 THC may not be for everyone so it’s important to approach delta 9 products with caution and always follow the recommended dosing instructions.
What makes Delta 9 THC so potent?
Due to the instability of the Delta 9 THC molecule, this may cause a more potent interaction in the body. The interaction between delta 9 and the CB1 receptors found in the nervous system is the primary cause of the psychoactive effects one will experience from consuminf THC.