On the surface, Delta-8 Flowers are obviously cannabis flowers that are high in Delta 8 THC, but past that it gets a bit more complicated. Are they marijuana or hemp flowers? In what form is Delta 8 present in the plant? And what’s the market for this type of product?
Although good old fashioned flowers will always be the industry’s cornerstone product, specialty items are increasing in popularity and there’s always a new weed-related trend on the horizon: Enter Delta 8 THC Flowers – taking classic flowers to a new, and technically legal, level.
Delta 8 THC Flowers, which can be processed into prerolled joints, cigars, and concentrates, are very different what you would find at a legal, walk-in dispensary or delivery service. In a storefront, you’d be looking at marijuana, which is the type of cannabis that’s high in Delta 9 THC. Delta 9 is the standard THC associated with the psychoactive effects of marijuana.
Delta 8 flowers, on the other hand, are not marijuana at all. They’re actually hemp flowers infused with Delta 8 THC. This innovative new product is very much in demand in the United States, and it’s starting to hit the radar of some other markets across the globe.
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Delta 8 vs Delta 9
From a chemical standpoint, Delta 8 THC is very similar to Delta 9; Delta 8 has a double bond on it’s 8th carbon chain, as opposed to Delta 8 which has it on the 9th. In the raw plant, Delta 8 is only present in trace amounts. To get the full effects, Delta 8 must be extracted from either high-THC marijuana or low-THC hemp.
Much like every compound found in cannabis, Delta-8 has quite a few medical benefits, some unique to this cannabinoid and some the same as others in the plant. It has only recently made its way into the mainstream in the U.S., but Israeli studies on Delta 8 THC date back to the early 1970s when Raphael Mechoulam was in the early stages of his comprehensive medical cannabis studies.
As far as effects go, Delta-8 is on par with Delta 8, albeit not quite as intense, and without the paranoid, anxious effects. This makes it a suitable option for cannabis users who have issues with the anxiety produced by Delta 9.
Is it legal?
The ability to source Delta-8 from industrial hemp – as opposed to marijuana – created a legal loophole that allows it to be sold by online retailers in the United States. Although there was no mention of Delta 8 specifically, it was the 2018 Farm bill that inadvertently allowed for Delta 8.
According to the bill, also known as the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, “All derivatives, isomers, and cannabinoids in hemp are legal provided that the final products contain less than 0.3% delta 9 THC.”
This was further updated by new rules in the summer of 2020. The first bullet point of this update reads as follows: “It modifies 21 CFR 1308.11(d)(31) by adding language stating that the definition of “Tetrahydrocannabinols” does not include “any material, compound, mixture, or preparation that falls within the definition of hemp set forth in 7 U.S.C. 1639o.”
Again, the language doesn’t legalize Delta 8 outright, but it solidifies the fact that any substances extracted from legal industrial hemp are not categorized as “THC” by U.S. law.
When it comes to the online cannabis industry, a grey area is as good as legal and once the consumer demand became apparent, retailers were quick to hop on board. Currently, Delta-8 is ILLEGAL (with specific laws in place against it) in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, and Nebraska. It can be legally shipped to any other one of the continental United States and Hawaii.
Are Delta 8 THC Flowers a good investment?
Naturally, this is always one of the first questions that arises when any new cannabis trend makes the rounds – is it good for business? Although things in the cannabis industry are always subject to change, for now, Delta 8 flowers are a very promising investment and it seems this will continue for quite some time.
To start, Delta 8 much less regulated than Delta-9 THC, again, thanks to the Farm Bill. Additionally, there is a huge retail markup if you buy your Delta-8 flowers in bulk from a reputable seller.
We can help you source high-quality flowers, concentrates, prerolls and other smokable products, as well as Delta 8 vape cartridges, Delta 8 softgels and Delta 8 tinctures for an extremely low per-unit price, so you will be able to make a good profit when you sell these products individually. Subscribe to the CBD Flowers Business for pricing!
Offering Delta 8 THC products will also set you apart from the competition. Although Delta 8 is a hot topic in the industry these days, you’ve likely noticed that it’s not available at storefront dispensaries and not very many online retailers are selling it yet. If you’re able to corner that market of people who are looking for D8 before your competitors become privy to the new trend, you’ll already have regular clientele for these products when it does happen.
If you’re ready to expand your business offerings and invest in Delta 8 THC Flowers, now is the time to take the plunge. They’re are affordable, not over regulated, and in very high demand. As far as profitable retail products go, that pretty much hits all the main criteria.
In the United States, it’s relatively easy to get into the Delta 8 market, in countries, it will vary. You will need to familiarize yourself with the cannabis laws in your country, regarding the sale of certain cannabinoids and their analogues.
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