The diverse World of Cannabis and its close relatives.

The diverse World of Cannabis and Its close relatives.

Cannabis has emerged from the shadows into mainstream culture and industry. Through new laws more and more states are allowing the regulated sale and consumption of cannabis. Because it is still illegal federally, with the law specially calling out the THC molecule, we’re seeing more and more options that are similar to cannabis, but have a more unique profile.


The cannabis plant contains hundreds of chemical compounds including cannabinoids like the psychoactive THC and non-psychoactive CBD. Cannabis strains can be cultivated for recreational or medicinal purposes, providing users with a range of experiences and potential therapeutic benefits depending on their unique chemical profiles.

Again, it’s the THC content that separates cannabis from its cousin, hemp.


CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the most prominent non-psychoactive compounds found in cannabis. Derived from hemp, CBD has been featured in a rapidly growing market of wellness products like tinctures, topicals, and edibles. Many consumers use CBD for its calming and anti-inflammatory properties without the “high” associated with THC.


Another cannabinoid is delta-8 THC, an isomer of delta-9 THC (the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis). Delta-8 can be extracted in concentrated form from hemp-derived CBD and produces milder psychoactive effects compared to delta-9 THC. This has allowed delta-8 products to occupy a legal grey area in many places where THC remains restricted.

You may find Delta-8 products in local CBD stores, smoke shops, and even in gas stations.


THCa, or tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, is the precursor compound to THC found in raw, unheated cannabis. While non-intoxicating itself, THCa can be converted into active THC through decarboxylation (heat exposure). THCa is being researched for potential anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective and other therapeutic effects distinct from THC. The sales of flower product containing THCa, but still remaining under the THC thresshold (pre decarboxylation) has become more and more common- especially via ecommerce.

Where to find Delta-8 and THCa?

At CalmEffect, we recommend only buying through a reputable organization. Given the Cannabis market is highly regulated, there are more checks and balances in place to ensure you are getting safe, high quality product.

You may find Delta-8 products in local CBD stores, smoke shops, and even in gas stations.

Is Delta-8 and THCa safe?

It can be, but it depends where you get it. Because there is less regulation with CBD, Delta-8 and THCa, we advise consumers to be very careful about where and who they buy product from.

As cannabis continues its path toward wider acceptance and legalization, the industry around it blossoms into a diverse ecosystem of cultivators, manufacturers, distributors and ancillary businesses serving growers and consumers alike.

Additionally, keep an eye on the Farm Bill. Laws will continue to evolve.

How do you consume Delta-8 and THCa?

You can use the same accessories that you use for traditional cannabis.

This includes classic methods like pipes, bongs, rolling papers and vaporizers, as well as innovative gear like dab rigs for cannabis concentrates.

How do you store Delta-8 and THCa?

We recommend taking the same care with your THCa and Delta-8 products that you would with your THC full weed.

Smell-proof stash boxes, bags and safety security tools should be used. Lighters, grinders and cleaning supplies are just some of the other products that can also add to your experience and make your consumption more convenient.