From the moment we started the delta 8 movement we’ve set out to create a perfect product at scale. And in the ever continual pursuit of perfection, we’re constantly investing in research and development of better, purer production methods for delta 8. This journey has recently led us to a new production method that results in some big changes to the look of our product:

The oil is golden amber instead of the usual clear (may appear almost clear in carts though) and is the purest and most potent Δ8-THC available.

While the look is different, the advantages are significant:

• Higher percentage of delta 8.

• >99.9% cannabinoids

• Fully compliant at any lab able to differentiate delta 9 THC, delta 8-iso THC, and delta 4(8) iso THC

• Uniform and repeatable.

1. Higher Percentage of Delta 8

This new method produces about 2-3% higher delta 8 than our previous methods, based on internal testing. This distillate production method also produces on average 8-10% higher concentrations of delta 8 than some of our closest competitors and 20-40% higher than others.

2. >99.9% Cannabinoids

Knowing what’s in your oil is the first step to ensuring a safer product and due to large investment in R&D we’ve been able to identify that >99.9% of our oil is comprised of cannabinoids, something no other company to date has been able to definitively say.

3. Fully Compliant At Any Competent Lab

One of the biggest struggles in our industry is that there is no standardized testing for cannabinoids. This means every lab can come up with their own ways to test, and therefore leaves the door open for a lot of labs to be bad at testing.

For a very long time now there have been issues with testing and understanding what is and what isn’t Δ9-THC when testing on an HPLC. Much of the error has come down to many labs not being able to get good separation between peaks due to inferior testing equipment and/or bad methods. This can cause compliant oils to be called non-compliant and non-compliant oils to be called compliant, depending on the lab.

The main issue labs have causing misidentification is not being able to get good separation of peaks on an HPLC. The main culprit is the misidentification of Δ8-iso-THC and/or Δ4(8)-iso-THC (known metabolites of Δ8-THC that are also produced in the reaction that creates Δ8-THC) as being Δ9-THC. That’s because the peak for Δ4(8)-iso-THC and Δ8-iso-THC occur directly before and between the peaks for Δ8-THC and Δ9-THC on most chromatograms. Without proper separation, the peaks for these two compounds will usually erroneously be attributed to either the totals for Δ8-THC or Δ9-THC, when in reality, they are their own compounds altogether.

But after perfecting HPLC methods on good equipment with good peak separation, and double checking at a large number of qualified and accredited labs, along with GC/MS verification, this oil consistently tests at or below 0.11% delta 9 THC, comfortably below the levels necessary for legal compliance. These results have also been verified by El Sohly laboratories, the USA’s primary federal cannabis research lab.

For reference, according to scientific literature, Δ8-iso-THC and Δ4(8)-iso-THC is a known secondary metabolite of cannabis, not a synthetic compound. [1] They are also compounds found in every single delta 8 distillate we’ve tested across the industry, generally in the 4%+ range.

If you ever see a lab saying our oil has 4-5% Δ9-THC in a report it’s because that lab 1. Has inferior testing methods and is unable to separate the 4 compounds listed above via HPLC, causing them to misreport Δ4(8)-iso-THC as Δ9-THC, and 2. Did not verify their results with GC/MS.

4. Uniform and Repeatable

Most cannabis users don’t understand how much variance there can be between batches of products. While we have always made consistency a focus of our production, making delta 8 has presented many hurdles due to the various steps involved.

While we always seemed to outperform the market on this aspect, there was room for improvement. And with our new method, the oil is testing almost identical between batches and across the entire distillation (<0.5% difference). This is significant because it means you can expect almost the exact same experience every single time you try a 3Chi product.

[1] Yedukondalu Nalli, Suraya Jan, Gianluigi Lauro, Javeed Ur Rasool, Waseem I. Lone, Aminur R. Sarkar, Junaid Banday, Giuseppe Bifulco, Hartmut Laatsch, Sajad H. Syed & Asif Ali (2019): Isolation, Synthesis And Structure Determination Of Cannabidiol Derivatives And Their Cytotoxic Activities, Natural Product Research, DOI:10.1080/14786419.2019.1638381