If you’re familiar with hemp, you know that the plant has been around for thousands of years. The use of hemp has a long history, but only until recently have we started understanding how beneficial the plant’s naturally occurring compounds can be.
Today, hemp is most widely used for its wealth of cannabinoids. Naturally occurring cannabinoids can support your overall wellness and help you feel and function better every day.
One of the best-known cannabinoids in the plant is Delta 9 THC, most often referred to as simply THC.
Delta 9 THC is far from new. It’s been a hot topic and widely used for many years. However, only recently has legislation come along to ease the accessibility of Delta 9 THC products and other hemp-derived cannabinoids for consumers across the country to now legally purchase and enjoy.
What is Delta 9 THC?
The hemp plant is filled with over 100 cannabinoids – a group of chemicals with different structures that produce other effects when consumed.
The two most dominant of these cannabinoids are CBD and THC, also known as Delta 9 THC.
Delta 9 refers to the chemical structure of the molecule of the compound, which includes a double bond that forms on the 9th carbon chain of the molecule.
Delta 9 THC is the primary uplifting compound found in the cannabis plant. In live plants, its primary role is to protect the plant from the harsh rays of the sun and insect invasion.
Delta 9 was first discovered and isolated by chemist Raphael Mechoulam in 1960. But the popularity and use of Delta 9 long predates the compound’s discovery. In recent years, as more is understood about the compound, use has grown drastically.
How Does Delta 9 THC Work?
The first question most people ask about Delta 9 THC and possibly most hemp products is how they work in the body.
Every mammal has a built-in system called the endocannabinoid system. This system utilizes endocannabinoids – a type of cannabinoids produced naturally in the body. It can also be supplemented by plant-derived cannabinoids like CBD or Delta 9 THC.
The endocannabinoid system, or ECS for short, has a variety of roles in the body, but its primary responsibility is to maintain homeostasis. In addition, the system maintains optimal hormone levels, appetite, mood, memory, temperature, and much more.
The ECS is comprised of receptors and enzymes that process cannabinoids. It also has two types of receptors (CB1 and CB2).
The CB1 receptors are in the body’s nervous system and are responsible for the uplifting experiences produced by cannabinoids like Delta 9 THC.
Delta 9 strongly binds with CB1 receptors to positively influence many functions, including the serotonin system which controls mood and a feeling of well-being in the body. THC also relies on this system to impart other potential benefits like supporting digestive health and sleep habits. Through the CB1 receptors, it elicits the powerful uplifting effects that many delta-9 THC users seek.
Is Delta 9 the Same as Delta 8 THC or CBD?
Hemp cannabinoid products have been on the shelves for a relatively short while. You may have found it difficult to find reliable and easy-to-understand information on what these cannabinoid products are and how they can improve your day. For many, it feels as though all the products have been heaped in one bucket without clarity about the potential benefits of each.
Differences between Delta 9 and Delta 8
Delta 8 is a relatively new type of THC that has only recently been made available. Because it is a type of tetrahydrocannabinol, it is heavily associated with Delta 9, and rightfully so. Delta 8 and Delta 9 are considered isomers of each other. The two cannabinoids share multiple characteristics and almost identical chemical structures.
When it comes to comparing Delta 8 vs Delta 9, the only difference in their chemical structures is the location of the double bond in the molecular structure. Delta 8 has the double bond on the 8th carbon chain, while Delta 9 has the double bond on the 9th carbon chain.
This difference in double bond location influences the types of effects each type of THC has. Delta 8 has overall milder effects. It can also be made by converting CBD.
While Delta 9 and 8 are different, they are both known for their potential benefits and especially uplifting effects.
The difference between Delta 9 and CBD
If you’re reading about Delta 9, there’s a good chance you’ve also come across CBD, another popular compound found in the hemp plant.
Once more, both CBD and THC are cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. However, Cannabinol or CBD is more abundant. Although the two compounds are thought to have some similar potential benefits, their effects are different.
CBD doesn't produce noticeable uplifting effects like Delta 9 and is primarily used to promote overall wellness. With its uplifting effects, Delta 9 is mostly used when you want to unwind. This is the main difference between the two compounds.
Benefits of Delta 9
Delta 9 THC is most popular for its uplifting effects. But it also has other wellness benefits, which have made it popular over the years.
The positive effects of Delta 9 THC are due to how it interacts with the ECS and the type of receptors it interacts with.
ECS CB1 receptors are located in the nerve cells in the brain, the spinal cord, peripheral organs, spleen white blood cells, urinary tracts, endocrine glands, and gastrointestinal tract. The CB2 receptors are in the spleen, the tonsils, immune cells, and white blood cells.
By binding with these receptors, Delta 9 can positively support functions related to these areas. The THC compound is thought to have numerous beneficial properties depending on the receptors it interacts with.
It's important to note that your experience with Delta 9 THC largely depends on the amount you take. Taking a serving size that is too high can lead to adverse feelings of anxiety, or paranoia. Therefore, you should start with a small serving and take time to work your way into higher servings as needed.
Koi CBD Delta 9 Product Range
Unlike CBD and Delta 8, Delta 9 only comes in select forms of hemp products. This is because of federal law dictating that hemp-derived products must contain no more than 0.3% THC by dry weight.
Heavier forms of hemp products, like edibles and gummies, can contain noticeable amounts of Delta-9 THC while still meeting this federal ratio requirement. Lighter weight products, like tinctures and vapes, are not able to contain noticeable Delta-9 THC levels without exceeding the THC restriction.
Gummies are the most popular method of consuming hemp-derived Delta 9 THC. Delta 9 THC gummies are not that different from the gummies you’ve seen in grocery or health stores. They look and taste largely the same, only that they are infused with hemp Delta 9 THC.
We use high-quality Delta 9 THC in our gummies to ensure you experience the effects you’re looking for. The gummies deliver a relaxing and elevated experience that keeps you calm and centered and helps you unwind.
Benefits of Delta 9 gummies
Several benefits make Delta 9 THC gummies the most preferred method of consuming Delta 9:
- Delta 9 THC gummies come with accurate and premeasured milligram servings, so you always know how many milligrams of Delta THC you're getting. It's easy to measure out the desired serving and divide the gummies into smaller servings if desired.
- Gummies are a more enjoyable way to enjoy the benefits of Delta 9. They come in multiple delicious flavors and are popular among all types of adults, including those new to Delta 9 who want a more user-friendly way to get started.
- Gummies are a good option for anyone who prefers to be discreet about their Delta 9 use. Gummies are commonly used for vitamins and other health products. Delta 9 THC gummies don't look any different, allowing you to take your serving without turning any heads
- Gummies are quick and easy to use. You don't need any additional equipment to take Delta 9 THC gummies. You simply place the gummy in your mouth and enjoy.
How Long Do Delta 9 THC Gummies Take to Work?
As with other cannabinoid-based edibles, Delta 9 THC gummies can take longer to kick in. Most people start feeling the effects around 30 minutes after taking the gummies, but it can take as long as two to four hours before the effects reach their peak.
The upside to Delta 9 THC gummies is that the effects last longer once they set in as the body releases small amounts of Delta 9 THC over a longer period.
Why Our Delta 9 THC Range is the Best
Since launching in 2015, Koi CBD has set high standards for itself and our products. We’re proponents of quality, safety, and consistency. Some of the reasons why our Delta 9 THC products are ranked among the best include:
We source the best USA-grown hemp
The best Delta 9 THC products start with selecting the best raw materials. We only source extracts from USA-grown hemp from partner industrial farms whose track record and practices we are familiar with. The hemp is grown in nutrient-rich soils for safety and superior-quality extract.
Whole plant extraction
The hemp plant is packed with other beneficial compounds besides THC. We aim to make the most out of these compounds to guarantee the best and most potent Delta 9 THC products. Our product range includes full spectrum Delta 9 products that comprise all the cannabinoids and other beneficial compounds found in the hemp plant. Nothing goes to waste.
Accredited 3rd party testing
You don't have to trust our package claims. All our products are tested by an ISO-certified and accredited lab before reaching your doorstep. We have the Certificates of Analysis available on our website for every batch we have manufactured.
The products go through multiple tests, including a full panel analysis test that checks the products for contaminants, including heavy metals and pesticides. The products are also checked for potency and purity. The ingredient composition is also checked and verified.
With Koi CBD, you can rest assured that our products are safe, of the best quality, and perform to your high expectations.
Batch level transparency
We take pride in providing every person with as much information as possible to make an informed decision on the Delta 9 products that best suit them. With our batch-level transparency, you can track down your product and obtain all the necessary details to ensure you purchase the right product with the correct potency.
Production and packaging
We have state-of-the-art equipment and use the best manufacturing practices to prevent cross-contamination and reduce human errors in the production process. Our goal is to produce the purest Delta 9 THC products possible, containing only the intended ingredients.
Our packaging is also carefully designed to provide as much information as possible on the selected product while locking in the freshness and integrity of the contents until the product arrives at your doorstep.
What to Look for When Buying Delta 9 THC Products
For your safety and enjoyment, it’s essential that you carefully consider the type and source of the Delta 9 products you purchase. Here are some of the things you should consider when selecting Delta 9 THC products.
All your Delta 9 THC products should be federally compliant. That means purchasing edibles that contain no more than 0.3% Delta 9 THC and are derived from hemp. You can check the product’s labeling or the details on the website. You can also review the certificate of analysis to ensure the products have the right composition before making the purchase.
Third-party lab reports
It’s vital that all hemp products go through testing for potency, quality, and purity. The testing should be carried out by a third-party lab, preferably an ISO-accredited one. Third-party testing confirms the composition of the product. It ensures the product’s Delta 9 THC levels are within the legal limit and also checks for impurities, toxins, and contaminants.
You can easily find the third-party lab results on the company’s website. If the company doesn’t make the reports readily available for you, it’s a red flag.
Check the ingredients list on every Delta 9 THC product you want to buy. In some cases, Delta 9 THC products, especially gummies are loaded with additives and cheap fillers. While going through the ingredients list, consider any dietary requirements you may have like being a vegan or gluten-free before buying Delta 9 THC products.
Look at the milligram strength per edible, not just the per container. Ensure the Delta 9 THC products you’re buying has an active serving of Delta 9 THC. If the serving is too small, you might not experience the benefits and uplifting effect you expect.
Buy your Delta 9 THC brands from trustworthy and reputable brands known for selling high-quality hemp products. Check the brand’s website for customer reviews that will shed light on their experience with the brand and its products. You can also check third-party reviews to see what other people have to say about the company’s Delta 9 products.
Brand service and policy
Reputable hemp companies have fair and consumer-friendly policies. Find out as much information as possible on whether the company offers any guarantees especially if you’re looking to build a long-term relationship with the brand. You should be confident that consumers are their priority.
How to Consume Delta 9 THC Products Safely
Once you identify the best Delta 9 THC product for you, the next step is to ensure you use it properly to experience the benefits you’re looking for.
Not everyone uses the same amount of THC. The ideal serving size differs from user to user depending on THC tolerance, body size, and the reasons for taking THC.
We recommend starting with a small serving and then slowly ramping it up as needed. Because Delta 9 can be quite potent, a serving of about 5 mg is a good place to start for new users. You can slowly increase the serving as you observe how your body responds.
Taking too much THC can cause some undesirable experiences. Delta 9 products can vary in potency, so read the product package to make sure you understand how strong a product is before taking any. Effects can last for hours depending on potency and the type of product you use, and how long delta 9 stays in your body varies due to several factors.
Product quality and safety
The hemp industry continues to lack adequate regulations, so be cautious about the quality and safety of the Delta 9 THC products you buy and use. Any brand you’re considering should offer full disclosure on the products' ingredients and additives. It's also imperative to ensure you purchase Delta 9 products from reputable brands that provide a Certificate of Analysis from a reputable third-party lab to guarantee the product's composition, purity, and potency.