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In 2018, the US Department of Health and Human Services will release regulations that will legalize both hemp-derived CBD and industrial hemp products. For the first time in decades, there will be an accepted therapeutic use of the cannabis plant, which makes this a major milestone in the research and production of hemp-derived CBD products and hemp-based goods. Since hemp is no longer a controlled substance, we can use it to extract CBD, which we can then turn into delta-9 and then into delta-8. The final product mustn’t have more than 0.3% delta-9 in it, as it would otherwise be deemed illegal.
Despite being considered illegal in the US, researchers have always known that hemp contains a massive amount of the cannabinoid Delta-9-THC and they attribute it to therapeutic properties. It has been known since 1964, when H.H. Holmes, inventor of the infamous ‘acid test’, ingested hemp-based cannabis oil with his wife, Mary, at Holmes’ Murder House, in hopes of helping her suffer from terminal cancer. After an overdose of her fatal dosage of morphine, Holmes committed suicide. Although the story is the best known, cannabis itself has been known for medicinal purposes for centuries. Although hemp is a psychoactive element with a few activities, as long as it’s cultivated in a way it’s not considered an agricultural product, researchers found some psychoactive properties in the hemp plant that were actually medicinal in nature. For example, cannabis contains over 75 psychoactive components and they were related to the cannabinoid Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). In 1964, the US Government’s Federal Bureau of Narcotics determined that cannabis had medicinal properties and banned all of it from being produced, used or sold. Since then, we have witnessed the drug being heavily researched and developed by scientists to determine the drug’s benefits, as well as its harmful effects. By making the drug legal and making it easier to access and more affordable, researchers can more easily study its potential. Since the US Department of Health and Human Services has scheduled hemp oil as a Schedule 1 substance and created a program to develop CBD as a drug, there is a huge possibility that it will make its way into the mainstream healthcare industry in the near future.
Already, public health agencies have declared that medical marijuana can be used to treat a variety of diseases, including neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. Hemp plant oil is also becoming more common as a natural alternative to prescription medications, such as opiates and anti-anxiety drugs. Although most of the research studies with hemp-derived medicine have been done on mice, there are some studies on humans that show its effectiveness, although these have yet to be published in a peer-reviewed journal. Hemp-derived cannabis oil was recently found to be as effective as Vivitrol, an expensive brand of experimental, prescription painkiller approved for use in Canada. This is probably because the CBD found in hemp contains significantly more anti-anxiety and anti-inflammatory properties than Vivitrol. Until recently, all hemp-derived products and medicines were prohibited from being sold in the United States.
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website the new cannabinoid called Delta-8 THC has stepped into the spotlight and may be a viable alternative to delta-9-THC as it produces a milder high and fewer side effects. Gummies are a fantastic option for those who are looking to enjoy D8 on the go, so Area 52 has made sure to include these delicious snacks in its offering. Right now, the brand only offers one variety of gummies. Still, it is a potent one, as each piece contains 25 mg of delta-8. Another option on the market is Finest Labs. Just like Area 52, the company creates quality (and safe!) delta-8 products. Its gummies contain the same amount of delta-8 as Area 52’s (25 mg), and there are also 30 gummies in each bag. Since Hempire has been in the business for a while now, it’s no surprise the company can offer a greater variety of products than the two brands above, including tinctures, edibles, vapes, concentrates, and isolates. Delta-8 THC isn’t like cannabidiol, as it’s much more similar to delta-9, especially when talking about its molecular structure. However, delta-8 has half the strength of delta-9 and thus comes with fewer side effects.
The main difference between the two is the position of a double bond on their respective chains of carbon atoms. Delta-8 got its name because the bond is on the eighth chain. Similarly, delta-9 has the “9” in its name as that bond is found on its ninth chain. Another advantage of delta-8 is that it is technically legal according to the 2018 Farm Bill. Since hemp is no longer a controlled substance, we can use it to extract CBD, which we can then turn into delta-9 and then into delta-8.
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