Smoke shops, head shops, and CBD outlets across the country are selling a wide variety of products containing delta-8 THC, the hemp-derived compound that was considered federally legal under the terms of the 2018 farm bill.
Unlike CBD, delta-8 THC is intoxicating. It’s a naturally occurring cannabinoid commonly derived from hemp-sourced CBD. Its distillate is normally infused into edibles or sprayed onto hemp flower, which allows it to be smoked the same way as regular cannabis.
There is a lot of marketing and enthusiasm around buying delta-8 but – outside of regulated stores – there are no other regulations to ensure product potency and purity. There are no rules from stopping the bad actors.
Here are four rules to stand by when looking to find the purest delta-8 products available.
Rule #1: Avoid the unlicensed head shops
Traditional head shops are awesome for finding new glass pieces, rolling papers, and other accessories. But when it comes to delta-8 THC, pretty much anything can end up inside these stores, if they face no regulatory requirements that legal cannabis dispensaries must abide by.
There are no rules as to what a head shop or a gas station can sell when it comes to delta-8 products. As a consumer, you have zero assurance that what’s advertised on the package is what is acutally contained inside – or that it doesn’t contain any pesticides, toxic dullants, or other mysterious additives.
Rule #2: Know how to spot fake brands
Some shops operating outside of state-licensed cannabis systems are selling packages of vape carts and delta-8 gummies that look errily similar to the illicit-market vape carts that sickened thousands of Americans with the vape lung disease known as EVALI in 2019.
Avoid falling for fake brands and copycat packaging. We already see products attempting to look like larger cannabis companies with logos that are meant to mimic the originals.
Rule #3: Buy directly from the maker online
If you are not able to purchase from a state-licensed cannabis store, buying online can be a simple way to know you’re about to buy delta-8 products without sketchy payment. You want to do your research into the brand that you are choosing to purchase from, check out client reviews, and contact the company with any questions you may have.
When you purchase online, you can buy from a respected retailer or directly from the product manufacturer. Legitimate brands will have lab results available, guarantee that their products do not contain toxins, and offer a high-quality experience.
Rule #4: Avoid sites that use cash app payments
How do you know you’re ordering from a legit source online? One clue is their payment system. Do not purchase from sites that ask you to purchase via Cash App, Venmo, or Paypal.
Since CBD is federally legal – and delta-8 THC is derived from CBD, online retailers have the ability to work with legitimate payment processors, unlike most dispensaries that are licensed cannabis industry.
Herban Bud takes Pride in Testing
Herban Bud takes pride in testing to ensure the perfect quality for consumers.
We have researched through thousands of products from samples received from farms, extractions facilities, and distributors. Top quality is carried within our product line and what we consider to be the best delta-8 THC products available.
Our products are crafted from only delta-8 distillate, Texas-grown hemp, and cannabis-derived terpenes. We offer a variety of methods from flower and pre-rolls, vape carts, gummies, tinctures, and breath spreays.