Delta-8-THC is an intoxicating cannabinoid that has become an overnight success. It is almost as if the CBD craze from a few years back has been replaced with a desire to try delta-8. Although both cannabinoids come from the Cannabis sativa L. plant, there are quite a few differences.
One of the most pertinent is that delta-8 causes an intoxicating high. However, it is about half as potent as the delta-9-THC found in marijuana in abundance. The milder, easier-to-handle high has caused users to flock to the cannabinoid in their droves. Furthermore, a ruling in 2022 effectively stated that D8 was not a controlled substance, unlike D9. Therefore, states are free to legalize it at their leisure.
A Growing Concern
However, several states have gone the other way and prohibited the compound due to safety concerns. It is an unregulated industry featuring a cannabinoid created in a lab. There isn’t enough delta-8 in the cannabis plant to justify extracting it. Therefore, companies create it using CBD extracted from hemp, a clever way to get around legal issues.
Unfortunately, there are plenty of companies with dubious reputations selling D8 products. This can result in unsafe manufacturing practices. As a result, customers are advised to check things such as lab reports to ensure that products contain delta-8 and no pesticides, insecticides, or heavy metals.
Delta-8-THC gummies are among the most popular products in any seller’s range. They are designed to taste great and give you a pre-measured dose of the cannabinoid. Unfortunately, gummies are also prime candidates for adulteration. How often do customers closely look at the ingredients list of any product? Even when you do, have you any idea what these ingredients mean?
When it comes to delta-8 gummies, you had better learn. Otherwise, you could be ingesting something that may cause you real harm.
What Should Delta-8 Gummies Contain?
First and foremost, D8 gummies should include high-quality hemp-derived delta-8-THC. You can determine a product’s cannabinoid content by checking out its lab report. If a brand claims its delta-8-THC gummies contain 25mg of the cannabinoid apiece, the lab report had better back it up!
Other common ingredients include:
- Corn syrup
- Sunflower oil
- Natural and artificial flavoring
- Natural and artificial coloring
- Citric acid
Some users may be aghast at the inclusion of sugar and corn syrup. However, these are industry-standard ingredients, whether the gummies contain delta-8, delta-9, or CBD.
If you’re looking for sugar-free options, you could be in for a nasty surprise. Such items often use lycasin, which is a hydrogenated syrup. Lycasin is mainly maltitol, which the body finds hard to digest. Consequently, it ferments in our stomachs, resulting in bloating, tummy-rumbling, flatulence, and even diarrhea! Suddenly, the tiny amount of sugar in delta-8 gummies doesn’t sound so bad!
If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, you should use gummies containing pectin instead of gelatin. The latter comes from animals’ leftover skin, cartilage, and bones. Furthermore, the animals used to create gelatin could be kept in overpopulated, disease-ridden farms.
What Can Happen If I Consume Delta-8 Gummies with Unsafe Ingredients?
Pretty bad things! There are plenty of horror stories surrounding the consumption of black-market cannabinoids. The recent vaping illness epidemic left dozens dead and thousands in hospital. Consumers used low-quality THC vape juice containing ingredients such as vitamin E acetate.
We have also heard stories about people being rushed to the hospital after consuming CBD gummies purchased from gas stations.
Like the CBD industry, the delta-8-THC market remains poorly regulated. This has led to a rise in scam brands appearing overnight in a bid to quickly cash in on what has become a popular trend. Such companies are noticeable because of their cheap packaging and lack of lab reports. Also, there is little information on these brands, and their official websites look cheap and rushed; because they are!
Final Thoughts on Delta-8-THC Gummies & Their Ingredients
Not everyone likes the idea of consuming sugar and corn syrup, which are two common ingredients in delta-8-THC gummies from reputable brands. However, there is only a tiny amount of each, so adding a little sugar will make no difference if you have a generally healthy diet.
What is important is that the gummies also contain delta-8 derived from high-quality, preferably organically-grown hemp. As well as checking the ingredients list for things you don’t recognize, make sure there is an up-to-date lab report from a well-known laboratory. Fail to perform due diligence, and you may not like the consequences.