What is Delta THC-B

A THC-B rich cannabis plant sits against a white background.

If you are just getting into the world of cannabis, you may be a bit confused as to what all of the different cannabinoids are. Some of the most commonly known cannabinoids are THC, CBD, and CBG.

However, what many people don’t realize is that there are actually many forms of THC, with Delta-8 THC, Delta-9 THC, and THC-B being just some of them. The fact that THC-B exists wasn’t discovered too long ago, and there is still much more research into it required.

That said, today we want to provide you with some of the most important facts about THC-B that have been discovered so far.

Key Takeaways

  •   THC-B is a hemp-derived cannabinoid.
  •   It is thought that THC-B may be stronger than regular THC.
  •   Delta-8 THC and THC-B are legal at a federal level, according to the 2018 Farm Bill.

What is THC-B?

THC-B is a recently discovered novel cannabinoid, also referred to as Delta 9 Tetrahydrocannabutol which is structurally similar to Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol.

What is interesting to note is that THC-B is functionally similar to regular THC, as it binds with both the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors in the brain, although THC-B may be able to better bind with the CB1 receptors in the brain, therefore meaning that its interaction with our endocannabinoid system is higher than with regular THC.

One of the biggest differences between THC-B and regular THC is that instead of having a pentyl side chain, it has a butyl side chain, or in simplest terms, it has one less carbon chain than regular THC.

Another one of the biggest differences here is that THC-B is fully hemp-derived, coming only from the hemp plant, which means that according to the 2018 Farm Bill in the USA it should be 100% legal to purchase and sell at a federal level. Regular THC that comes from cannabis plants is not federally legal. 

Now that you have a basic scientific explanation of what THC-B is, let’s move on and figure out what this actually means in terms of human consumption.

What are the Effects of THC-B?

It needs to be said that this type of THC has not yet been very well researched. Keep in mind that it was only discovered a few years ago, so any evidence in terms of the effects or benefits that it may have is very limited to nonexistent. Most of what we know about the effects of THC-B is pure speculation based on its similarity to regular THC.

That said, users who have consumed THC-B say that it produces an even stronger psychoactive higher than regular THC, so yes THC-B does appear to be psychoactive. It may have the ability to produce both a body and a cerebral high, characterized by happiness, sedation, relaxation, euphoria, creativity, focus, hunger, and more.

The bottom line is that although more research is required here, it can be assumed that THC-B has many of the same effects on the human body and mind as regular THC, although potentially it may be even stronger and more potent. It is also thought that THC-B may possibly have some pain relieving, sedative, relaxing, and anti-inflammatory properties, although more research is still required on this front as well.

Side Effects of THC-B

At this time, the potential side effects and risks of consuming THC-B are unknown, as there is still much more research required on this front. However, if THC-B is as similar to regular THC as most people assume, then the side effects and risks could be very similar. Therefore, you may feel some dry mouth, dizziness, lethargy, paranoia, anxiety, and other similar side effects.

Is THC-B Synthetic?

Technically speaking, no, THC-B is not synthetic. This is a naturally occurring phytocannabinoid that can be found in many different hemp plants. The most common type of hemp that this cannabinoid is found in is the Italian-bred FM2 hemp plant. With that being said, no strains of hemp, whether FM2 or otherwise, contain enough THC-B to produce usable quantities for any purpose. Therefore, if you find THC-B on the market, it is almost always converted or synthesized from other cannabinoids.

How is THC-B Made?

Although we aren’t going to get into the exact scientific extraction process here because it is just far too complicated, THC-B is hemp-derived. In other words, hemp plants that contain THC-B are taken and processed to extract the THC-B. THC-B is also synthesized from the hemp plant using other cannabinoids present, mainly CBD or cannabidiol.

When was THC-B Discovered?

THC-B was just discovered in 2019 by a group of Italian researchers who wanted to discover all of the different cannabinoids in the Cannabis Sativa plant. The same research process also lead to the discovery of other forms of THC, including THCH and THCP.

THC-B vs Delta-8 THC

THC-B and Delta-8 THC are somewhat similar, as they are both cannabinoids that are found in small quantities in hemp plants, and both are derived from hemp plants using other cannabinoids.

However, because THC-B is so new, the exact differences between it and Delta-8 THC are not yet really known. However, one assumption that can be made is that although both of these types of THC are psychoactive, it is thought that THC-B may be slightly more psychoactive and more potent than Delta-8 THC.

Of course, if we look at the chemical makeup of both of these types of THC, the chains of polymers do look ever so slightly different. What is cool, however, is that because both THC-B and Delta-8 THC are hemp-derived, as opposed to coming from the marijuana plant, according to the 2018 Farm Bill, both should be legal in the USA on a federal level.

Is THC-B the Same as THC?

Although THC-B and THC are very similar and closely related, they aren’t the exact same thing. As mentioned above, one of the major differences here has to do with the chemical composition, in other words, what that polymer chain looks like at a molecular level. THC-B has one less carbon chain than regular THC, which does make it chemically different.

Another difference is that the regular THC we know, often referred to as Delta-9 THC (the most abundant form of THC that makes you feel high), is found in high quantities in the cannabis plant, which is why you get high when you smoke or consume it, unlike THC-B which is found in hemp plants, and only in small quantities, which is why it has to be derived.

The other major difference is that federally normal THC is not legal, whereas according to the 2018 Farm Bill, all hemp-derived cannabinoids (which include THC-B) are federally legal.

Is THC-B Safe?

Whether or not THC-B is totally safe requires more research to be performed. However, due to it being so similar to THC, and because THC is generally considered safe, it can be assumed that THC-B is also safe. Sure, it might make you feel high and produce some side effects similar to those that regular THC produces but in all probability, it really shouldn’t pose any threat to your health or well-being.

Is THC-B Legal?

According to the 2018 Farm Bill, any cannabinoid derived from a hemp plant that contains no more than 0.3% THC (Delta-9 THC), is legal, and because THC-B is derived from this exact type of hemp plant, it is considered legal at a federal level.

However, this is really just due to the failure of the lawmakers, as they did not properly define THC or the differences between various forms of THC in the 2018 Farm Bill. Do keep in mind that there are also other forms of THC, including Delta-3, Delta-7, and Delta-11 THC.

In other words, it would appear as though THC-B and other hemp-derived cannabinoids of this nature are really only legal at a federal level due to a lack of understanding regarding cannabinoids, but nonetheless, this was passed into law.

Where to Buy THC-B

Where to buy THC-B depends on where you live. Seeing as it is federally legal in the USA, you should be able to find it in local dispensaries and, in some cases, even in pharmacies and health shops. You can also find it online if you look hard enough.

Where to Buy Delta-8 THC Online

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