How to Make Delta-8 THC

There is no doubt that CBD has swept the world as one of the hottest cannabinoids from the hemp plant. With the introduction of the 2018 Farm Bill, a whole world of hemp derived products. So long as a product has a THC content below 0.3% any derivative of CBD is technically legal under this jurisdiction. However, another hemp derived cannabinoid is rapidly gaining popularity in the hemp extraction industry: Delta-8 THC.

“But wait,” you might say, “I thought THC was illegal?” The federal laws permitting the creation of CBD products applies to Delta-9 THC, the cannabinoid responsible for creating a high when smoking or ingesting marijuana products. This psychoactive cannabinoid has been a schedule 1 drug for decades, so what makes Delta-8 THC any different? It all lies in its creation. While delta-9 is abundant in the marijuana plant, Delta-8 appears only in low levels. Because of this, delta-8 has to be derived from cannabinoids found in hemp, not only to create products, but also to ensure those products are federally legal under the 2018 Farm Bill. But how is it made? You’re about to find out.

In this episode of extrakTALKS, Dr. Jon and Randall Thompson show you how Delta-8 THC is made including the equipment needed, the cost of operation and the process to derive delta-8 from hemp cannabinoids. They also explain the legal status of Delta-8, the difference between Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC and everything else you need to know about this fascinating cannabinoid in the hemp extraction industry.

LISTEN to this episode:

[00:00] – How to make Delta 8 Intro
[04:20] – Everything Delta 8
[07:29] – Outline of Delta 8
[08:25] – Chemical Structure
[09:48] – Chromatography results
[10:58] – Is Delta 8 New?
[14:48] – How to make Delta 8 THC?
[19:22] – Sources of Raw Material
[21:05] – Examples of Acids, Washes, and Neutralizers
[26:49] – Beware Unknowns and Residuals
[31:45] – Workflow for CBD to Delta 8 Conversion
[34:22] – What Equipment Do I Need?
[36:32] – How Does Delta 8 Affect Me?
[37:53] – What is Legal Status of Delta 8?
[40:49] – How to Measure Delta 8
[42:19] – Lab: How to Make Delta 8
[46:47] – How much would it cost for that setup?
[47:30] – If You Want to do Delta 8 at high scale?
[53:36] – What is the Market for Delta 8?
[54:53] – Show Special Offer
[57:30] – Closing Words

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