THC-JD, also known as THC-jd, is a recently discovered cannabinoid that has quickly gained popularity in the market. Despite the limited research on this cannabinoid, it is believed to be a naturally occurring compound found in trace amounts in hemp and marijuana. Unlike other minor cannabinoids, it can be extracted directly from the plant without the need for additional synthesis or isomerization.
THC-JD was first discovered in 2020, by a team of researchers who were studying the chemical composition of hemp. While analyzing hemp samples, they identified a compound that was previously unknown and further analysis revealed that it was a variant of THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol), the primary psychoactive compound found in cannabis. The compound was given the name THC-JD.
THC-JD is a variant of THC and it is believed to have eight carbon chains, compared to THC's five, which results in a stronger bond with the CB1 receptor. This is thought to contribute to its higher potency, as some users report that it is 19 times more potent than Delta-9 THC and 25 times stronger than Delta-8 THC. However, these claims have yet to be backed by scientific research.
One of the key features of THC-JD is that it is found in hemp-derived products. The 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp and paved the way for the sale and distribution of products made with industrial hemp. This has led to an explosion of CBD products in the market, followed by other cannabinoids. THC-JD, as a hemp-derived cannabinoid, technically falls under the legal loophole as long as the entire product contains less than 0.3% Delta-9 THC.
In addition to being found in hemp-derived products, THC-JD is also often bundled with other cannabinoids to produce a positive psychoactive 'entourage effect'. The entourage effect is a phenomenon where different cannabinoids and terpenes work together to produce a synergistic effect, which is believed to enhance the therapeutic potential of the individual compounds. This concept is supported by scientific research, which suggests that the combination of various cannabinoids and terpenes can lead to a greater range of therapeutic benefits than just one compound alone.
Although the effects and benefits of THC-JD are yet to be fully understood, some users report that it feels similar to regular THC, but with more pronounced effects. This includes feelings of happiness, hunger, and sleepiness, as well as indica-like effects such as a "couch-lock" sensation. However, other users report that it is energizing and mood-boosting, highlighting the individual differences in how cannabis affects people.
It's also worth mentioning that as standard drug tests only care about THC metabolites and cannot determine whether it was from hemp or marijuana, THC-JD can cause positive results on drug test.
As it stands, THC-JD is considered legal as long as the product has less than 0.3% delta-9 THC, and it is important to consult with your local authorities to confirm your compliance. If you are required to pass a drug test, it is no recommended to use THC-JD as it may result in a positive test.