Another of the “Big 5” hemp cannabinoids, Delta 8 (D8) extract is perhaps the newest compound on the market. The most closely related to THC, it has a lot of medicinal and commercial potential. Available in smaller quantities than many of its fellow cannabinoids, Delta 8 extraction requires the right machinery and attention to detail that Arbor Vita8 experts are ready to provide.
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Delta 8 and THC are sister cannabinoids. On a chemical level, their only difference is in one chemical bond. This is why the full, scientific names of the compounds — Delta 9 Tetrahydrocannabinol and Delta 8 Tetrahydrocannabinol — are only off by a single number.
Such a small difference, but to big effect since D8 has an entirety different profile than THC. It may offer many of the same benefits users find with THC, but with a lower psychotropic potency, making it more widely-accepted as a legal hemp product.
The key difference between D8 and Delta 9, aka THC, is how high you feel after taking it. This is the easiest way to differentiate between the two cannabinoids. Both may provide a sense of well-being and relaxation, but with a lower psychotropic impact, D8 has the potential of doing so in a way that keeps you clear-headed.
This gives Delta 8 extract potential for consumers who have experienced benefits when using Delta 9, but want to stop ingesting THC. They’re able to use D8 to the same effect with less risk of feeling any anxiety or paranoia, noted side-effects for many THC users.
The options are the same for Delta 8 extraction as with any other cannabinoid. You have the ability to select among various solvents such as ethanol, butane, or even carbon dioxide. The difference with D8 is in the amount of extract you’ll get from a hemp crop.
D8 is found in trace amounts within the cannabis flower. Often less than one percent of the compound is in a single plant. For this reason, hemp farmers may turn to selective breeding to ensure their strain of hemp naturally produces more D8.
There’s also the option, during processing, for molecular isolation. This takes processing a few steps further to ensure only the cannabinoid you want is left in your final product. It won’t make more of the compound, but it does isolate it for purity. Processes like winterization, distillation, and chromatography can all achieve this.
At Arbor Vita8, we’ve streamlined our extraction process to allow you to automatically get a more pure final product. Our ethanol extraction process lets you skip winterization, creating a superior oil right from the start. From there, we’re able to further distill the hemp oil so you’re left with only the cannabinoid you want. Our fully-automated system ensures no contaminants are introduced during the D8 extraction process as well, further enhancing the quality of your extract.
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Completing the extraction process leaves you with a product that has market potential for both everyday consumers and those with certain medical conditions. Users have reported feeling relaxed, clear-headed, and energized when taking D8.
Others have experienced a decrease in certain symptoms related to a larger illness such as:
Its combination of possible benefits have even led patients undergoing cancer treatments to seek it out to alleviate their symptoms.
This potential, even with the added struggle in extraction, makes D8 another popular cannabinoid to grow and sell.
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Understanding the limitations of producing Delta 8 means finding a hemp extractor who really knows the industry. The initial extraction process may be like any other cannabinoid, but other steps are often required, and you should feel confident your extractor has your back. At Arbor Vita8, our experience speaks for itself in the choices we’ve made to establish a superior facility and in the care we offer processing your hemp. Our goal is to create the highest-quality extracts possible, whether you’re looking for CBD, CBC, CBG, CBN, D8, or something else. As a farmer or manufacturer, we have your back.