Converting cannabidiol (CBD) into other cannabinoids is not new, but it is becoming more popular. Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol (D8) is one of the most popular minor cannabinoids being converted from CBD today. Although D8 may be taking the main stage in the news headlines, other cannabinoids like hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) and THC-O-acetate (THC-O) are also examples of cannabinoids being converted from CBD.
The conversion process that turns CBD into other cannabinoids is complicated. Let’s look at D8, for example. We aren’t going to go into the step-by-step details for converting CBD to D8, but let’s look at the basics.
Converting CBD Into D8
The first step for all CBD conversions is to extract the CBD from hemp. Starting with a hemp-derived CBD extract is very important. It categorizes the final extract as a hemp product, giving it more legal freedom than CBD extracted from cannabis. Once the CBD is extracted, it then goes through a lengthy process of mixing, refluxing, dilution, and final collection. During this process, CBD gets converted into D8.
Converting CBD Into HHC
Producing HHC is a similar process, although there are different steps to convert CBD into HHC. It involves a hydrogenation process that starts with a CBD extract derived from hemp. Pressure and hydrogen are then used to convert CBD, and sometimes THC, into HHC.
Converting CBD to THC-O
Now, when it comes to creating THC-O from CBD, the process is even longer. The process still starts with CBD extracted from hemp. The CBD extract is then converted into D8. Finally, the D8 is treated with acetic anhydride, and this converts the D8 into THC-O.
All of these conversion processes start by extracting CBD from hemp. Once the CBD is extracted, it can then be used as a raw material to create these other cannabinoids. As time goes on, researchers are sure to find other cannabinoids that can be created by converting CBD.