Full Spectrum CBD vs Delta 9 THC

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Most people feel they know what to expect when they hear the word “THC.” But as rules and regulations begin to change, new products and formulas are starting to flood the market.

Which might sound like no big deal – until you hear that some of them, like Full Spectrum CBD, actually contain Delta 9 THC. And they’re completely federally legal.

Why Delta 9 THC and Not Delta 8?

Although they’re both natural forms of THC and can be derived from the Cannabis sativa plant, Delta 9 and Delta 8 aren’t the same thing. While Delta 9 THC is found in larger quantities as the hemp plant matures, Delta 8 actually degrades over time – which means that by the time the cannabinoids are extracted, there’s almost no point in singling out Delta 8 THC.

That’s also why there’s little to no research on Delta 8 compared to Delta 9, and why it wasn’t mentioned in the 2018 Farm Bill legalizing hemp and hemp products.

But what about the Delta 8 THC products you see in stores? 

Yeah, they’re most likely synthetically manufactured. They could easily contain any number of potentially harmful chemicals developed as byproducts during the manufacturing process. And because Delta 8 isn’t regulated, companies aren’t required to disclose any of this.

Is Full Spectrum CBD All That Different From Delta 9 THC?

Yes… and no.

While Full Spectrum CBD and Delta 9 THC products have a lot of the same components, it all comes down to the variation in their concentrations. 

Both formulas have a complete cannabinoid profile and are available in a range of forms, including gummies and softgels, so that you can make full use of the entourage effect. While still a theory, the entourage effect is the well supported concept that cannabinoids work together to boost each other’s benefits. Therefore, the more cannabinoids you use, the more benefits you’ll see.

That being said, one is still considered significantly stronger than the other.

High Potency Full Spectrum CBD

cbdMD’s high potency Full Spectrum CBD gummies, tinctures, and softgels are jam packed with 200 mg of CBD and 2 to 4 mg of THC in every single serving. A dash of Delta 9 THC is all you need to kick the entourage effect into gear without experiencing the “high” typically associated with THC.

This allows cbdMD to use their Full Spectrum CBD formula in a variety of ways, such as improving your quality or sleep and even helping you manage pain.

Delta 9 THC

cbdMD’s Delta 9 THC gummies, on the other hand, do have up to 10 mg of Delta 9 THC per serving. Which is why they recommend cutting your gummies in half or even in quarters when starting out, then gradually adjusting how much you ingest over time.

Although they’re far stronger than cbdMD’s Full Spectrum CBD products, Delta 9 gummies still contain less than the federally legal amount of THC by dry weight (0.3%). With 10 mg of THC and 50 mg of CBD in each serving, Delta 9 THC gives you more well-rounded benefits including providing you with a sense of balance, increasing your quality of sleep, and supporting your mood.

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