What is Hemp-Derived Delta 8?

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All delta 8 products sold by 3Chi are derived from hemp. The goal of this article is to help you understand what it means to be hemp-derived, and how that title distinguishes delta 8 from many of its better-known cannabinoid cousins. 


Hemp Vs Cannabis

First, it is useful to understand the difference between hemp and cannabis. Cannabis is any hemp plant containing more than 0.3 percent of the cannabinoid delta 9 THC — the powerful compound that gives cannabis its famous sensations. 

In that sense, cannabis can be thought of as any version of hemp that is high in delta 9. These plants produce more than 144 known cannabinoids, each of which offers a series of unique and often-beneficial effects. But it is specifically the presence of delta 9 THC that causes this change in legal classification from hemp to cannabis. 

Delta 8 sits in a different legal grouping. It and other select cannabinoids are federally legal, thanks to a landmark bill called the Farm Bill of 2018. This piece of legislation specifically targeted delta 9, and freed the remaining versions of THC from decades of regulation.


Cannabinoid Quantities

Some cannabinoids do exist in huge quantities in these plants. Remember, cannabis is any hemp plant above 0.3 percent delta 9, but some cannabis plants can have upwards of 20 percent delta 9.

Delta 9 and the other popular cannabinoid CBD are the best-known and most abundant of the bunch, by a wide margin too. Some others however, like delta 8, only exist in extremely small quantities naturally.


Hemp-Derived Delta 8

This is what companies mean when they say their products are hemp-derived. There are no differences whatsoever between the natural compound found in hemp, and the derived version found in vape cartridges and edibles. 

If you’re interested in exploring hemp-derived delta 8 products, you can find 3Chi’s huge selection HERE. 3Chi is the most popular online provider of premium delta 8, and consistently offers the highest-quality and most potent delta 8 on the market. 3Chi was also the first company in the country to offer federally legal delta 8, helping tens of thousands of users over the past several years.


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