How are Delta 9 THC Products Safe to Buy in the US?

The demand for quality CBD products has skyrocketed in the past few years, especially after the 2018 Farm Bill passed, which legalized and regulated production, cultivation and sale of hemp in the United States.

When Delta 9 first started appearing in smoke shops across the US, people were confused. Delta 9 THC is hemp-derived and has similar effects to THC from cannabis. Because Delta 9 is derived from hemp, it can be sold legally under federal law thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, even in states that haven’t officially made cannabis legal yet.

How is Hemp-Derived THC Safe to Buy in the US?

The 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills were game changers for those in the hemp industry. Before, there was very little wiggle room, but with the passing of these bills, doors opened up for the future of hemp, those who farm it and those who enjoy using it.

The 2014 Farm Bill allowed very limited industrial hemp to be grown by state agriculture departments under a pilot program for educational purposes. They also established a definition for “industrial hemp” and set the THC limit at 0.3% on a dry weight basis. This was a huge step for the cannabis community, because before this bill, all hemp was considered a Schedule 1 drug by the FDA with serious legal consequences for growing, possession and selling.

While the 2014 Farm Bill was a step in the right direction, it wasn’t until the 2018 Farm Bill was passed that we saw hemp derivative products like Delta 9 hit the market.

The 2018 Farm Bill is what the current legality of hemp is based on. This bill legalized the production of hemp and removed it from the list of controlled substances. This bill also states that hemp is a covered agricultural commodity under crop insurance, which started the conversation around hemp policies. While this was a huge step for hemp growers, there are still some holdbacks. For example, hemp farmers have to make sure their crop contains under 0.3% THC per dry weight, and they must have an official license to grow. This is just one reason why products combining CBD and hemp-derive Delta 9 THC have become more popular.

Why Combine CBD and Hemp-Derived Delta 9 THC?

CBD is the non-psychoactive compound in cannabis and is known for its versatile effects, which have been researched in anecdotal evidence and studies. When combining CBD with THC and other cannabinoids, the “entourage effect” takes place, which means the effects are often strengthened and more enjoyable than when either is consumed alone. Read our blog, Delta 9: Explained, for more sources, and please do your own research as well!

Delta 9 THC can be derived from the hemp plant, which is legally defined as a cannabis plant that contains less than 0.3% of THC on a dry weight basis. Since they are technically the same species of plant, the only difference between cannabis and hemp is the THC concentration. Therefore, products with less hemp-derived Delta 9 THC than CBD typically, but not always, follow the law according to the 2018 Farm Bill by maintaining less than 0.3% of THC on a dry weight basis.

At Core Roots, CBD is where we started. We are big believers in delivering only the highest quality CBD in enjoyable products. Our CBD is always organic, grown and processed in the United States, and lab-tested by third parties. With the 2018 Farm Bill’s passing, we wanted to create a trustworthy product with both CBD and hemp-derived Delta 9 THC — so we finally released it in 2022. We launched our 10:1 CBD and Delta 9 Gummies, which have become a Core Roots customer favorite!

Core Roots 10:1 CBD and Hemp-Derived Delta 9 THC Gummies

We wanted to create a gummy that combines the positive psychoactive effects of Delta 9 with the calming effects of CBD, so we used a 10:1 ratio of CBD to hemp-derived Delta 9 THC. There are 20 gummies per bottle, and each gummy has 100mg of CBD and 10mg of hemp-derived Delta 9 THC for the ultimate euphoric and relaxing combination, according to our customers.

Our gummies are within the legal limits of hemp-derived THC, so they can be bought and sold anywhere in the United States.

So what’s the difference between Delta 9 and other hemp derivatives like Delta 8 and Delta 10? Delta 9 THC is a naturally occurring form of THC extracted from hemp plants, but other derivatives such as Delta 8 and Delta 10 are synthesized from the extracts and altered to create different chemical compositions of tetrahydrocannabinol and maintain technical legality.

How Do You Know What’s Right For You? 

First, make sure to do research on the brands and products you’re considering. Look for customer testimonials, third-party lab tests and the methods of processing and manufacturing.

Core Roots only uses CO2 extraction methods, as it doesn’t require harsh chemicals like ethanol, butane or propane. It’s important to check your lab tests, as many products available for sale don’t actually contain the cannabinoid concentrations they claim, which can lead to unpredictable and unexpected experiences. Check out our blog, Delta 9: Explained, to learn more about a case study that tested CBD products — and found a high frequency of inconsistencies.

Remember, the effects of CBD and THC can vary from person to person. What feels like nothing to one person may pack a serious punch to someone else. Hemp-derived Delta 9 THC products should only be consumed by people age 21 or older.