Enjoying the effects of cannabis plants is nothing new. People have long been consuming THC for its benefits for both medical and recreational reasons. Thankfully recent advancements in technology have allowed users to enjoy almost identical effects that they are used to getting from standard THC but in a federally legal hemp-derived version.
Referred to as Delta 9 THC-O or Delta 9o, D9o was one of the newest federally legal hemp-derived cannabinoids touted to produced identical effects to that of standard Delta 9 THC. That was the case at least until recently. Read on to learn more about the current legal status of Delta 9 THC-O.
Delta 8 THC and HHC have been extremely popular over the years, that is partially due to their similar effects to Delta 9o. Now users can experience an even closer experience for those looking for a more comparative option to Delta 9 THC. Let’s take a closer look at this newest industrial hemp derived cannabinoid, D9o and dive into what makes it one of the potentially strongest cannabinoids to hit the market in recent years.
Is Delta 9o Legal?
Delta 9o was considered federally legal under the 2018 Farm Bill. That bill states that all products that are hemp-derived are considered industrial hemp, and therefor legal so long as they contain less than 0.3% Delta 9 THC on a dry weight basis.
This has at least been the case up until recently. With some new guidance from the federal government, specifically guidance that the DEA has issued early 2023, the landscape of Delta 9 THC-O products has changed.
This new guidance has led many online retailers and physical storefronts to stop carrying D9o products because the DEA now officially views them as controlled substances. There is some good news though. There are still plenty of other outstanding and potent THC product options such as THC-P, THC-A, and Delta 11 THC.
What Exactly is the 2018 Farm Bill?
When congress approved the 2018 Farm Bill, also known as the Hemp Improvement Act of 2018. Hemp and Marijuana were both defined for the very first time in decades. Those definitions allowed the legalization of industrial hemp under federal law.
This definition from the Farm Bill is what allows the cannabis plant to be defined as industrial hemp if it’s Delta 9 THC content is less than 0.3% by dry weight volume. If a plant is considered hemp, by this definition, any and all hemp products produced from it, so long as they remain under 0.3% Delta 9 THC are considered federally legal.
Anything that exceeds this 0.3% Delta 9 THC content is then deemed marijuana, regardless of if that being the plant itself or products produced from it. Marijuana remains federally illegal, even though some states have legalized medical and recreational marijuana.
How Does D9o Differ from Delta 9?
There are very few differences between standard Delta 9 THC and Delta 9o. One of the main differences comes from the addition of the acetate group or acetyl group. The addition of this molecule changes the way it is metabolized. Your body must first metabolize the acetate and then what’s left is Delta 9 THC. This added molecule is what makes Delta 9o an acetylated cannabinoid, or synthetic.
Because of this, it is thought to be even more bioavailable. If you are wondering if that means Delta 9o is more potent that Delta 9 THC, you would be right. Because of this increased bioavailability D9o can be up to 3 times stronger than standard D9. Like D9, D9o interacts with the CB1 receptors, producing the psychoactive high that is associated with Delta 9 THC.
As you may expect that also means that D9o comes with some of the same benefits, effects, and side effects that are associated with Delta 9 THC.
Does Delta 9o Get You High?
Yes, since it is so similar to Delta 9 THC, D9o acts the same in your body and produces a very similar high as you’d expect from D9. Again, with the key difference being that the addition of the acetyl group of Delta 9o first needs be metabolized in the body before it’s effects will be felt. As your body breaks down the acetate from the D9o molecule, Delta 9 THC is left behind. From there the molecular structure is identical to Delta 9 THC.
Once this has happened the remaining portion (Delta 9 THC) will begin to react with your body and produce the same effects as standard Delta 9 would. The only difference is additional step your body takes in breaking down and metabolizing the additional acetate attached to the end of the molecule.
What Effects Can You Expect from Delta 9o?
Being so similar to Delta 9 THC, aside from the added acetate group, users can expect very similar effects. That includes both the psychoactive effects along with the side effects. Consumers report feelings of a full body high where they feel weight being lifted off of their shoulders along with muscle relaxation.
You can also expect to experience a carefree mood with feelings of glee. The differences in the way Delta 9o metabolizes can also result in more potent and longer lasting effects than regular Delta 9 THC.
Side Effects of Delta 9o
Like any cannabinoid, Delta 9o does come with potential side effects. Consumers have reported side effects similar to what you would expect with Delta 9 THC, such as dry mouth, red eyes, anxiety, confusion, elevated heart rate, and paranoia. Keep in mind that these are the most common side effects reported, meaning side effects may not be limited to these alone.
Since D9o is new to the market, you should also consider that there are not any long-term tests to determine Delta 9o’s safety. You should consult a physician prior to consuming any Delta 9o products. Again, if you choose to use D9o, be sure to consider any prescription medications you are currently taking and start at very low dosages to determine your tolerance before increasing your intake. You should always take your doctor's advice and consider how Delta 9o may interact with you if you have a medical condition.
In the event that you find yourself having taken too much Delta 9o or Delta 9 THC, here are some tips and suggestions on dealing with being too high.
How Much Delta 9o Should You Take?
The recommended dosage, when vaping D9o is one 3 second puff followed by at least 30 minutes before taking more. This allows your body to fully experience the effects. Remember that this new cannabinoid can be as much as three times stronger than standard Delta 9 THC. It is very important to take is slow and asses your tolerance before increasing your dosage.
Remember that D9o can take longer than other cannabinoids to feel the full cerebral and body high. Taking it slow before taking more will ensure you will determine the proper dosage for you without getting unwanted side effects. For some, it may take up to 60 minutes to feel the full effects.
Can You Take Too Much Delta 9o?
Yes, just like all hemp products, too much can turn a good experience into a not so pleasant one. Due to the potent nature of Delta 9o, users should start with very low dosages in order to properly assess tolerance and effects before increasing their intake of Delta 9o. The likelihood of experiencing the potential negative effects mentioned will increase with higher dosages.
Since, when consuming Delta 9o your body must first metabolize it before it can be used by the body, it is important to let that process happen before deciding if you should take more. This is important to note because it can be easy to take more when you don’t feel the effects immediately after taking it. Give yourself some time to feel the effects before taking more in order to prevent overdoing it.
How Does Delta 9o Stack Up Against Other Cannabinoids?
Similarities besides a carefree mood between Delta 9o and Delta 9 THC are definitely there but there are some larger differences between Delta 9o and other popular federally legal hemp-derived cannabinoids on the market such as Delta 8, HHC, and THC-O. Here we will compare some of these popular vape and edible options to D9o.
THC-O vs. D9o
These hemp products have some big similarities, the most obvious is the addition of the acetate group. Believe it or not, the THC-O products you find most commonly are actually Delta 8 THCO. Meaning that the biggest difference between THC-O and D9o is that fact that the acetate molecule is either attached to Delta 8 or Delta 9. As many know, Delta 8 effects are less potent than Delta 9. The same will be true when comparing D8o (THC-O) and Delta 9o.
Chemically, what this looks like is that Delta 8o (THC-O) has a double bond on the eighth carbon chain, where Delta 9o has a double bond on the ninth carbon chain. Both D8o and D9o have the addition of acetate on them, which is first broken down by the body, leaving behind either Delta 8 THC or Delta 9 THC.
HHC vs D9o
D9o is quite a bit different from HHC, also known as Hexahydrocannabinol. HHC is a naturally occurring cannabinoid that is reported to produce some of the similar effects to Delta 9 and Delta 9o but tends to produce less effects of anxiety or paranoia. Many report D9o to be far more intoxicating than HHC.
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Delta 8 vs D9o
Quick to become one of the most popular cannabinoids amongst consumers, Delta 8 THC is often reported to give a more moderate and controllable high that standard Delta 9 THC. This can be expected when compared to Delta 9o as well. Another big difference is in the way Delta 8 and D9o interacts with your body. Where Delta 8 interreacts with both the CB1 and CB2 receptors, Delta 9o only interacts with the CB1 receptors. What that means is that Delta 8 creates a less intense psychoactive effect for users.
Delta 8 THC can, however, produce some of the same body relaxation effects associated with CBD, which does not have psychoactive effects. This is because CBD specifically reacts with the CB2 receptors, focusing on overall balance in the body.
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Is Delta 9o Right for You?
As you can see, Delta 9o looks to be the strongest hemp-derived cannabinoids to hit the hemp industry and market today. Does that mean that D9o is the best option for you? That really depends on personal preferences. If you are someone that has been searching for the strongest cannabinoid, then yes, D9o would be a great option for you. If you are entirely new and have never tried any cannabinoids before we suggest that you start off with a milder cannabinoid and then work your way up to D9o.
Delta 8 THC would be a great starting point to first determine if you really need or want something as strong as a new cannabinoid like Delta 9o. Whether or not you decide to give D9o a try, it is always a good idea to start out with a very low dose and only increase your dosage after establishing an understanding of its psychoactive effect on your body before taking more.
The introduction of Delta 9o to the market was another great leap forward for the hemp industry. This allowed consumers of legal age (21 years and older) across the country to legally enjoy the effects of Delta 9 THC as if they would if they lived in a legal recreational marijuana state.
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