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Delta-8 Extraction

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. While naturally occurring in hemp, generating usable amounts happens in a very unique way. Delta-8 extraction requires the right machinery and attention to detail that Arbor Vita8 experts are ready to provide.

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What is Delta-8?

Delta 8 and THC are sister cannabinoids. On a chemical level, their only difference is a single chemical bond. This is why the full, scientific names of the compounds — Delta 9 Tetrahydrocannabinol and Delta 8 Tetrahydrocannabinol — only differ by the number.

This small difference has a big effect for a few reasons, but the biggest is that Delta-8 is not a psychotropic compound. When made right, it’s perfectly legal.

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Delta-8 & Delta-9

The key difference between D8 and Delta-9, aka THC, is whether or not you feel high after using 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.

Extracting Delta-8

D8 is only found in trace amounts within the cannabis flower. Often less than one percent of the compound is in a single plant. For this reason, extracting Delta-8 requires a different, more labor-intensive process than the other popular cannabinoids.

You still start from the same place, with a superior strain of hemp genetics that gets harvested and broken down for extraction. From there, the plant is converted into crude oil, but that’s where things change. To get usable quantities of D8, you must work from an isolate rather than directly from the crude oil. This means you’re essentially crashing your compound to transform it into D8. Delta-8 isn’t waiting in the mix like the other cannabinoids are. 

This adds a step into the extraction process when creating Delta-8. You go from crude to a CBD isolate to synthesizing D8. It’s the only way to ensure you have decent amounts of the compound for manufacturing use. 

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What is Delta-8 Used For?

Finishing the complicated process of making Delta-8 extract leaves you with a product that has market potential for both everyday consumers and those treating certain medical conditions. Users have reported feeling relaxed, clear-headed, and energized when taking D8. 

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There is also the possibility, based on our evidence, that using D8 may help with:

  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • Pain Relief
  • Appetite Loss
  • Anxiety
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Insomnia

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 manufacture into products and sell.

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D8 Extraction Services with Arbor Vita8

Understanding the requirements of producing Delta-8 means finding a hemp processing partner who really knows the industry. The process may start off in a similar way, but additional steps are necessary to get usable amounts of the compound. 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.