With delta-8-Tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-8 THC) quickly becoming a must-have on the hemp scene, companies have come up with all kinds of creative ways to create innovative delta 8 products that satisfy our desires for formulas that are user-friendly, effective and all around enjoyable to take on a regular basis.  One of our favorite delta-8 products on today’s market is delta 8 flower, which offers a completely distinctive experience with this cannabinoid type.

Delta-8 THC: Some Quick Basics

If you’re still somewhat unfamiliar with the idea of delta-8 THC, allow us to help.  Delta 8 is a minor cannabinoid found in the hemp plant that is known for its mild psychoactive effects which are about 70% as powerful as those of delta 9 THC.  Offering a nice, clear-minded but mellowing high, many people have made it their compound of choice.  And, that’s not all that delta-8 can offer.  Being a cannabinoid, it works with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) to promote desirable effects that relate to mood, discomfort, nausea, appetite, and more.

Delta 8 Flower: A New Way to Enjoy Delta-8 THC

So, what’s delta 8 flower, then?  Well, it’s actually quite simple.  The flower buds of the hemp plant are where we find all of the wonderful cannabinoids, terpenes and nutrients that we seek out when we consume a hemp product.  These buds are extremely valuable for their chemical composition, and besides that, they come with the advantage of being raw, unprocessed and pure hemp products that may enhance bioavailability through their unadulterated state.

Delta 8 flower is the result of infusing raw CBD flower buds with delta-8 THC distillate – that is, an isolated concentrate made by extracting the delta 8 compound out of the hemp plant.  This means that the user enjoys a full spectrum hemp experience with all of these wonderful naturally occurring compounds, with a generous dose of delta 8 on top of it.  As few d8 products on the market are also full spectrum, delta 8 flower is quite unique.

Is Delta 8 Flower Legal?

Delta-8 THC is, in fact, legal under federal law, due to federal law allowing for all hemp derivatives containing no more than 0.3% delta 9 THC to be sold legally.  Delta 8 flower, of course, adheres to this legislation.

However, if you live in a state in which delta-8 THC is illegal, you’re unfortunately out of luck.  As of now, these are the states that have completely banned delta 8 THC in all product forms:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • New York
  • Rhode Island
  • Utah
  • Vermont

Note: State laws on delta-8 THC can change at any time, so always closely follow your state’s news to make sure that your area has not recently banned this cannabinoid for purchase.

What Makes for High-Quality Delta 8 Flower?

Now, as you might have imagined, not all delta 8 THC on the market is sparkling with exquisite quality.  As is the case with all hemp-based products, it really comes down to the manufacturer/company/distributor you’re buying from, and the same general rules apply when it comes to separating premium, top-shelf flower from the rest.

  1. Lab Reports: Yes, always look for third-party lab reports that indicate that a company has had their delta 8 flower tested by a state-licensed laboratory. This will give you an objective breakdown of the chemical compounds in the product, any impurities or contaminants, and potency of the delta-8 THC.  Lab reports should be made available through a company’s website.
  2. Zero Additives: Delta 8 flower should not contain any ingredients other than raw hemp flower and delta-8 THC distillate. Adding other ingredients interferes with the purity levels.  And, besides that, most chemical additives are dangerous to inhale in the form of either smoke or vapor.  Now you know.
  3. Organic Flower Material: The best hemp is that which is grown organically. Meaning, it’s going to be free of pesticides and other unwanted chemicals that are used in conventional growing practices.
  4. Freshness: Delta 8 flower, like all hemp flower, loses its freshness after about 6 months, and therefore no longer has the potency levels needed to offer a desirable experience. Look for companies with high product turnover rates, that are reputable on the market.

Different Strains for Different Delta 8 Experiences

Delta 8 THC flower comes in various strain options, just like vape cartridges.  The strain is inherent to the flower, meaning that no terpenes have been added to the product.

If strains are a new concept to you, then it’s good to know the basics of what different strains can do.  First, you’ll need to consider what you want out of your delta 8 session – is it to sit back and unwind, or is it to focus on a task?  Are you looking for something that’s going to give you sensations of euphoria, or something that will help make your body more comfortable at the end of the night?

Based on your answer, consider these three main strain types:

  • Indica Strains: More mellowing, soothing, and produce a stronger body high that can make you feel comfier as you lay down on the couch or your bed. These are usually geared toward evening time use.
  • Sativa Strains: More uplifting, euphoric, and motivating, which is why they come in handy mostly during the daytime and before doing something social.
  • Hybrid Strains: A cross between an indica and a sativa (in varying ratios). Hybrids are naturally gonna give you something in between the effects of a sativa and an indica.

Loose Buds vs. Pre-Rolls

Another factor to consider is the form in which your delta 8 flower comes, as this can also impact how your delta 8 flower experience goes  There are two main forms:

  • Loose buds are self-explanatory – they’re just the raw, whole buds of the flower that can be used in all kinds of ways.
  • Pre-rolls take the flower and grind it up before rolling it into paper, so that the customer doesn’t need to do anything but remove the packaging, light the end, and smoke.

Ways to Use Delta 8 Flower (Loose)

Let’s finally wrap it up here by touching upon delta 8 flower’s versatility.  Why?  Because it’s a product that can be used in all kinds of ways.  Keep in mind, this applies to the loose buds, unless you plan on taking out the contents of a pre-roll and repurposing them.

Method #1: Vaping

A very popular way to enjoy flower nowadays is by vaping it.  You can find vaporizer devices made exclusively for flower, which use conduction or convection to heat the flower and convert its compounds into a smooth vapor.  Vaping flower is very discreet and portable.

Method #2: Smoking

The more traditional method is to smoke it, which can be done with a pipe, a bong, or rolling papers, depending on your preferences and how much smoke you want to take in per puff.

  • Pipe: Available in most dispensaries and smoke shops, a pipe lets you pack the flower into the bowl (bowl-shaped area that holds the product) to be smoked from.
  • Bong: Also called a “bubbler”, and is sorta similar to a hookah, is simply a water pipe device that’s used to smoke the flower. There is a bowl, which is connected to the bong, where the buds are contained and heated.
  • Rolling Papers: These are usually thin or thick papers, can also be flavored or natural), that you use to place the flower on and simply roll them tight to keep the flower inside while you light it up.

Method #3: Baking/Cooking

You can also make homemade edibles with delta 8 flower.  How?  By baking or cooking with it.  All you need to do is infuse a fat like butter or coconut oil with the raw flower, and then use that fat as you normally would in your favorite recipes.  Keep in mind though, that depending upon the flower you choose, along with how much you use of it, can impact your recipe.  Not to mention, what temperature you’re baking or cooking at also matters.

Find the Right Delta 8 Flower Strain Today!

As you can see, delta 8 flower offers all kinds of features that make it a one-of-a-kind way to experience the exciting properties of this beloved cannabinoid.  But, if you want to really enjoy what this product type has to offer, you’ll need to choose your flower wisely.  At Greenlife Remedies, we offer a wide selection of delta 8 flower products that all come from organic plant material and are fully lab-tested.  Just choose from an abundance of strains to try out this amazing product according to your most exact delta-8 desires.