A warning about Delta-8 THC products

Video narrated by Daryl Guthrie. Daryl received his PhD in Chemistry from Johns Hopkins University and worked for several years doing synthetic organic medicinal chemistry at NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse). Daryl is currently Director of Manufacturing at Delta Botanicals.



Delta-8 THC products are flooding the market today. Multiple claims about Delta-8 THC benefits are being made without providing information about associated risks. 

Delta-8 THC is a psychoactive compound that makes you feel “high” the way recreational Delta-9  THC does, but to a substantially lesser degree. 

CBD, on the other hand, does not make you feel “high.” CBD delivers multiple therapeutic and medical benefits. Furthermore, Delta-8 THC being sold in infused products today is not naturally occurring and is being artificially synthesized from CBD. 

Delta-8 THC, while being produced from CBD, is nothing like CBD. It is almost identical to Delta-9 THC (the euphoric molecule in recreational cannabis). 

Additionally, Delta-8 THC that is produced from CBD is generally contaminated with concentrations of Delta-9 THC high enough to be illegal (and appear in drug tests) but not high enough to produce the euphoric effects of recreational cannabis. 

We have observed multiple CBD companies currently selling Delta-8 THC products that significantly exceed the federal Delta-9 THC limit of 0.3%. This is due to the fact that the process by which you synthesize Delta-8 THC from CBD produces a 50/50 mix of Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC. It is extremely difficult to separate these two molecules. 

Our lab put together a brief video explaining chemically how the Delta-8 THC synthesis from CBD also yields Delta-9 THC:

There are significant legal issues surrounding the manufacture and consumption of Delta-8 THC. If you are seeking the euphoric effects of THC, we recommend that you follow your state’s regulatory policy and purchase such products legally as they are properly controlled for basic quality standards. If you are seeking relief from any of a variety of ailments, consider  CBD from Delta. We are Johns Hopkins-trained chemists, and we’ve been producing CBD products since 2012. We manufacture all of our products in an old-fashioned East Coast lab in Mount Vernon, Baltimore. 

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