When it comes to natural hemp-derived cannabinoids, there’s none that’s been making waves quite like Delta 8. It’s been given a wide array of titles, not all of them flattering – ‘THC lite’ or ‘diet weed’, just to name a few. But are delta 8 gummies safe? Although many enjoy this cannabinoid as an alternative to Delta 9, it has its fair share of detractors too. Let’s take a look at whether or not we can (safely) answer the question and put some minds at ease.
Hemp Derived Delta 8
Delta 8 is a cannabinoid, a specific kind of chemical found in plants of the Cannabis genus – the best-known plants being Hemp and Marijuana. Hemp and Marijuana are essentially the same species of plant, Cannabis sativa, but grown to express different properties. The good news? Hemp, when grown legally, has a high CBD content, and a low Delta 9 THC content. Even better news? Delta 8 is one of many THC cannabinoids that is also naturally present in hemp.
The bad news? It’s in a really low concentration in Hemp. Getting Delta 8 from hemp requires a lot of work, so most of the time, Delta 8 is made by converting it from CBD in a professional setting (ideally). Doing so, however, puts Delta 8 in a bit of grey area when it comes to the legality of “hemp derived cannabinoids.” If you want to learn a little more about why, check out our article on the meteoric rise of Delta 8 here.
What this means is that when it comes to Delta 8 gummies, understanding their safety comes with asking quite a few questions.
Getting the best Delta 8 Gummies means being a careful consumer
We should say this right now: there’s no 100% safety guarantee that anyone in the hemp industry can give you. The work is on you, the consumer, to make sure you’re getting the best possible gummies you can. With that in mind, here’s our guidelines for your peace of mind.
- Do your Delta 8 Gummies come with Lab Reports?
The first and best way to really make sure that your Delta 8 gummies are trustworthy is to check for a Certificate of Analysis, better known as a Lab Report. A reputable product will have on the label either a QR code or a website address. On that site should be a section for lab reports, and it should be able to access freely. If you have to pay or go through a complicated login to access those reports, then that company is likely not very trustworthy. Once there, you’ll be able to see what reports they have, if the batch code on the label matches the report for the product, and get an in-depth look at the real contents of the jar.
- Is the Delta 8 derived from Hemp?
As mentioned above, the status of Delta 8 is a bit of a grey area about whether it’s a hemp-derived cannabinoid or not. What’s most important is ensuring that the plant material used for getting the cannabinoids is still hemp, not marijuana. Getting a delta 8 gummy where the cannabinoids are derived from marijuana makes that gummy federally illegal.
- Is the product made in the USA?
Delta 8 gummies are sold in many countries across the world. For US customers, stick to products explicitly made here in America. The US has a lot of rigorous manufacturing standards for how products are made, and to what standards the facilities are meant to adhere. Plus, instead of getting a product shipped in from farther away, you’ll be able to enjoy gummies faster and fresher.
- Does the company have a good reputation?
This may be one of the harder aspects to judge, but is crucial when it comes to quality. Look for brands that focus on a particular kind of product, or ones with plenty of user testimonials. Brands that stay away from controversy, or donate to charity, speak to the quality of the company. If a brand is regional, see how they support their community. It will help you feel more confident in the safety of your purchase.
As you can see, safety is a hard thing to pin down when it comes to Delta 8. By following some key guidelines and doing your diligence as a consumer, you can purchase hemp products with confidence. Why not explore some of our delicious Delta 8 gummies by clicking the link here?