What is Delta THC-B

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

However, there are other forms of THC, with Delta-8 THC, Delta-9 THC, and THC-B being some of them. THC-B wasn’t discovered too long ago, so more research is needed. That said, we look at valuable information about THC-B that has 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 federally legal, 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. It is structurally similar to Delta-9 THC. THC-B is functionally similar to regular THC, as it binds to both the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors in the brain.

However, THC-B may bind better with CB1 receptors, meaning that its interaction with our endocannabinoid system is stronger than that of regular THC.

A key difference 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 atom than regular THC.

Another difference is that THC-B is fully hemp-derived, which means that according to the 2018 Farm Bill, it should be 100% legal to purchase and sell. Regular THC that comes from cannabis plants is not federally legal.

With this basic scientific understanding of THC-B, let’s move on.

What are the Effects of THC-B?

It needs to be said that THC-B has not been very well researched. It was only discovered a few years ago, so evidence of its effects or benefits is limited. Most of what we know about 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 effect than regular THC. So, THC-B appears to be psychoactive. It may have the ability to produce both body and cerebral highs, characterized by happiness, sedation, relaxation, euphoria, creativity, focus, hunger, and more.

Bottom line: We suppose that THC-B has similar effects on the human body and mind as regular THC, although it may even be stronger and more potent. It is also thought that THC-B may have pain-relieving, sedative, relaxing, and anti-inflammatory properties, although more research is still required on these.

Side Effects of THC-B

At this time, the potential side effects and risks of consuming THC-B are unknown. However, THC-B appears similar to regular THC, so the side effects and risks could be similar too. Therefore, you may experience dry mouth, dizziness, lethargy, paranoia, anxiety, and other similar side effects.

Is THC-B Synthetic?

THC-B is not synthetic. This is a naturally occurring phytocannabinoid in hemp. It is mostly found in the Italian-bred FM2 hemp plant.

With that being said, no hemp strain, whether FM2 or otherwise, contains 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 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 other cannabinoids, mainly CBD.

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 also led 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 minor cannabinoids found in small quantities in hemp. Also, they can be made from hemp CBD. However, because THC-B is so new, the exact differences between it and Delta-8 THC are not yet really known.

However, although both cannabinoids are psychoactive, it is thought that THC-B may be more psychoactive and potent than Delta-8 THC. Of course, if we look at their chemical makeup, the chains of polymers do look slightly different.

What is cool, however, is that because both THC-B and Delta-8 THC are hemp-derived, both should be federally legal.

Feature Delta 8 THC THC-B
Chemical Structure Similar to Delta-9 THC but with a double bond on the 8th carbon chain. A newly discovered cannabinoid with a unique structure different from Delta-9 THC and other well-known cannabinoids.
Psychoactive Effects Psychoactive but generally considered less potent than Delta-9 THC. Known for producing a milder, clearer high with less anxiety and paranoia. Limited information available. Early reports suggest psychoactive effects, potentially more potent than Delta-9 THC, but this is not well-established.
Legality Legal in some jurisdictions, especially where cannabis is illegal, due to its derivation from hemp and lower psychoactive potency. However, legality varies widely and is subject to change. The legal status is unclear and likely varies by region. As a newer cannabinoid, it may not be explicitly regulated in many areas.
Medical Benefits Reported to have similar benefits to Delta-9 THC, such as pain relief, anti-nausea, and appetite stimulation, but with fewer side effects. Currently unknown. Requires more research to determine potential medical benefits.
Availability Widely available in areas where it is legal, especially in products like edibles, vapes, and oils. Likely limited availability due to its recent discovery and lack of widespread production and research.
Safety and Side Effects Considered to have a safety profile similar to Delta-9 THC but with potentially fewer anxiety and paranoia side effects. Unknown. As with any new cannabinoid, caution is advised until more research is conducted.
Consumer Perception Gaining popularity for its milder effects and legal status in certain areas. Seen as a good alternative for those sensitive to Delta-9 THC's effects. Largely unknown to the general public. Interest may grow as more information becomes available

Is THC-B the same as THC?

Although THC-B and THC are similar and closely related, they aren’t the same thing. As mentioned above, one of the major differences is the chemical composition. THC-B has one fewer carbon atom than regular THC.

Another difference is that regular THC, often referred to as Delta-9 THC (the most abundant form of THC), is found in high quantities in the cannabis plant. THC-B is found in hemp in small quantities, which is why it has to be "derived."

The other major difference is that federally, regular 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 THC-B is safe requires more research. However, due to its similarity to THC, 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 of regular THC, but in all probability, it shouldn’t pose any threat to your health or well-being.

According to the 2018 Farm Bill, any cannabinoid derived from federally compliant hemp is legal. Since THC-B is derived from hemp, it is legal.

However, this is due to a failure to properly define THC or the differences between various forms of THC in the 2018 Farm Bill. 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 are only federally legal due to a lack of understanding regarding cannabinoids.

Where to Buy THC-B

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

Where to Buy Delta-8 THC Online

If you want to buy some good old Delta-8 THC online, this is something that you can do right here at Botany Farms. We have plenty of Delta-8 THC products, including Zombie Kush, Sour Elektra, White CBG, and Blueberry Diesel.

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