Sprayed flower is the name of the game when it comes to delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-8-THC). After all, delta-8-THC is not cultivated; rather, it is converted from cannabidiol (CBD) or delta-9-THC. This purified distillate can then be sprayed onto hemp flowers and sold in legal markets. With a spray gun, delta-8 distillate, and hemp flower, anyone can create their very own delta-8 flower.
Some producers dust the sprayed flower with cannabigerol (CBG) or CBD kief for a moonrock-style product. One company, The Hemptender, calls this a “natural alternative for users aiming for greater tranquility, less paranoia, and quality sleep.” SnapDragon Hemp employs a mixer and an oil-less, tankless mister to avoid rust or oil entering the distillate spray. Flower buds are allowed to dry and subsequently made available for use.
Spraying flower may darken its color slightly. If performing yourself, choose a spray gun that won’t clog on viscous oil. A finer mist ensures light and even coverage rather than soaking. Gentle tumbling avoids damage the flowers. If the distillate is highly viscous, adding flavorful terpenes can help thin it out. This comes with the bonus of boosting therapeutic outcomes via the entourage effect. Grinding flower prior to spraying may help avoid “hot spots.”
Oral tinctures in oils are not suitable for spraying hemp flower. The lipids in the oil are not safe for inhalation. This includes several spray products currently on the market designed for oral ingestion and even a few marketed for spraying flower (beware). Distillate is a highly concentrated form of delta-8 ranging up to 96% purity with other natural plant compounds. It may be mixed with natural terpenes. Reliable companies publish certificates of analysis (COAs) indicating the purity and potency of the product. 3Chi, for example, demonstrates about 96% purity with a COA for its delta 8 THC syringe. The distillate should be clear (or close to clear) in color.