r/IAmA Aug 11 '21 Silver 11 Gold 2 Helpful 16 Wholesome 3 Hugz 12 Bravo Grande! 1 Take My Power 1

I am a cannabis scientist, ask me anything THC, CBD, or any other cannabis related questions, AMA Science

Hi Reddit, Gair Laucius, Chief Science Officer from High Purity Natural Products here, I am here to answer your questions about cannabis, CBD, THC, or any other cannabinoids you want to ask about.

This AMA is closed! Thanks everyone for the great questions, I'm sorry I couldn't answer them all - If you'd like to know more about my company, please visit https://highpuritynaturalproducts.com/about-us/

My experience:

I am an experienced cannabis researcher with expertise in ethanol and super-critical CO2 extraction, gas chromatography mass spectrometry, and high performance liquid chromatography analytics.

I have also conducted research on Cannabis sativa with specific focus on proteins related to cannabinoid biosynthesis pathways. Extensive research experience with DNA and RNA extraction with downstream PCR and qPCR. Highly experienced in terpene and cannabinoid extraction and profiling using HPLC and GCMS.

If it has anything to do with weed, AMA!

Proof: https://twitter.com/HighPurityNP/status/1425475523858341889

Edit: 12:15PM Will be taking a short break for lunch, will return for some more questions shortly. Keep them coming!

Edit2: 1:00PM Wrapping up for now, hope to answer a few more questions later this evening. Thank you to all who asked questions!


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u/Master_Paladin Aug 11 '21

Is Delta 8 safe?


u/HPNP Aug 11 '21 edited Aug 11 '21 Gold Hugz

As an isolated cannabinoid, Delta-8 THC is lacking in peer reviewed research but has been shown to have a similar effect to delta-9 THC both being psychoactive (Delta-8 less psychoactive than delta-9). Delta-8 THC presents concern for me not because of the cannabinoid but because of the manufacturing process behind making it. Delta-8 is converted from CBD by using harsh chemicals and solvents and if care is not taken to remove these byproducts there is the potential for harm. As a consumer it is extremely difficult, almost impossible to verify how well a delta-8 product was manufactured. My recommendation is to not use delta-8 until more regulation can ensure safety across the board.


u/DrGreenMeme Aug 11 '21 edited Aug 12 '21

Many Delta-8 companies (good ones anyways) provide lab testing results on their websites. This should be enough to determine which products are safe or not, but I would prefer to see it handled like any other food or drink by the FDA. Edit - Apparently many sites don't test for reagents and could theoretically be faking these lab results, etc. Best to wait for FDA regulation or stick with normal delta-9.


u/ITaggie Aug 11 '21

Any many d8 companies have also been caught posting false test results on their websites and paying spammers to dispute/wipe any criticism of their products from popular forums, notably 3chi.


u/DrGreenMeme Aug 11 '21

Oh wow I didn't know this. Do you have any links ab it?


u/ITaggie Aug 11 '21


u/DrGreenMeme Aug 11 '21

From what I can see, a lab detected more Delta-9 than what is legal (in most states), but I haven't seen any harmful chemical results. They maybe have some shitty behavior online, but I can't seem to find anything pointing to their official products being harmful. Am I wrong on that?


u/ITaggie Aug 12 '21

Did you miss the second half that says "a large number of unidentified chems"?


u/DrGreenMeme Aug 12 '21

No I didn't miss it, but if you click that link it just takes you to /r/delta8testing . Searching through that subreddit I wasn't able to find any posts referencing that


u/PortlandCanna Aug 13 '21

this is a good example, albeit an old one. This is from a T41 conversion and has many of the unknown peaks quantified but not identified