Welcome to the first official installment to The Loco Ocho Diary.

Most everyone who has gotten past middle school has learned that you aren’t supposed to take more of something than the bottle recommends. For instance, if you have sore muscles from yardwork and the Aleve bottle says, “Take 1-2 tablets every 8 hours”, then most reasonable people will take 1 or 2 tablets. If you take 3 or 4, it probably won’t kill you, but you’re asking to learn about that “Adverse Reactions” section of the label and that is never pleasant.

But what do you do when a ‘recommended dose’ hasn’t been established yet?

When you’re working with compounds that have virtually no toxicity and can’t kill you, like cannabinoids, you play guinea pig with yourself and your friends.

I specifically talking about cannabinol, or CBN. CBN is a degraded form of THCa. THCa eventually will turn into CBN over time under natural conditions or the conversion can be deliberate. CBN is not a new cannabinoid because the cannabis plant has been making it since probably dinosaurs roamed the earth. However, commercially available, affordable, pure CBN is only a few years old. Also, because of Federal restrictions on cannabinoids, no major studies are done by the universities and drug companies. CBN is considered to have sedative properties which is why I decided to feature it in our sleep gummies. However, due to the above reasons, I didn’t have enough info to know how many milligrams was the right dose for the average person.

Guinea Pig Time!

I’ve been experimenting with cannabis-based products for over 20 years, so I knew that starting low was the way to go. Remember, you can always take more, but you can’t untake something. I decided to start with 5mg of CBN. I took that and I didn’t feel anything. The next day, I took 10mg of CBN a few hours before bedtime and noticed that it did seem to relax me and make sleeping easier. I took a 20mg dose the next day and that was even better for me. At this point, I started getting confident, and maybe a little cocky, about CBN.

I wanted to make a “your going to sleep for 8 hours whether you want to or not” product, so I decided to crank the dose up to 100mg CBN. I could easily change doses because I was working with a measured MCT/CBN solution. I went ahead and took 100mg of CBN about an hour before bedtime. I got in bed, set the TV sleep timer and was ready to see what happened.

When my alarm went off the next day at 7:00am, I was irate. I hadn’t slept at all and it was all my fault. I said to myself, “Daniel, you really got to get your act together and be more responsible. You’re 40 years old and still making irresponsible decisions. You knew that you had to wake up and work today and you stayed up all night hunting anacondas in the Amazon rain forest.”

Boy, was I mad. I was laying in bed, physically exhausted, and smelled sweaty like I had been running around a humid jungle wrangling 25ft snakes. I angrily got out of bed and went to pee and wash my face and was really laying into myself for deciding to go anaconda hunting on a work night. After I washed my face and woke up a little more, I started to think about the logistics of this. I looked around and realized that I didn’t have a suitcase, dirty clothes, or any evidence that would indicate that I had traveled, especially somewhere as far and random as the Amazon.

That was when I realized that CBN was no joke. I was 99% sure that I had not gone to the airport, figured out how to get to the Amazon jungle, figure out how to find an anaconda, then go back to the airport and get home in less than 9 hours. After about the 3rd cup of coffee, I came to the conclusion that I actually did sleep, but I was dreaming so vividly that my body was physically reacting to my dreams as I they were real. In conclusion, 100mg CBN was too much for me.

This story is 100% true.

After all this happened, I continued experimenting with different doses of CBN until I found the right one for consistent and positive results. I did have a little more work as I started introducing other cannabinoids to create the ‘entourage effect’ in our Sleep Gummy. The entourage effect refers to when a combination of something is greater than the sum of their parts. Kind of like mixing alcohol with other things. 2 light beers alone won’t impair most people, however, drinking 2 beers and taking some types of medications can cause all sorts of crazy.

So, don’t worry. Our Sleep Gummies do not have 100mg of CBN per piece. They have about 20mg CBN per piece.

The moral of this story is to follow recommended dosing with everything you consume. If 1 gummy helps you sleep, 2 or 3 may not help you sleep 2 or 3x better. You could end up hunting anacondas in Colombia’s Amazon basin, when you should be getting ready for a productive day of work!

I hope that we learned something today.

Take care!


Welcome to The Loco Ocho Diary

This is the first installment of The Loco Ocho Diary. This is an introduction more than an official entry. The Loco Ocho Diary is a cannabinoid adventure blog that focuses primarily on Delta 8, but we’ll discuss CBD, CBN, CBG, THCV, Delta 10, and D9. What led to this idea for content on Better Than Nine was a combination of boredom and frustration. When I say ‘boredom’, I am in no way suggesting that I don’t have enough to do. But the work that I have recently had to do for my CEO role at Halcyon Essentials has gotten monotonous and hasn’t really allowed for a creative outlet.

Another factor that inspired The Loco Ocho Diary is the FDA’s and FTC’s super strict rules against making medical claims. So instead of trying to tiptoe around making medical claims or playing the semantics game or using vague language, I’m simply not going to write about medical or therapeutic benefits of cannabis and hemp. At this point, anyone who’s found their way to the Better Than Nine blog already knows that the cannabis plant is loaded with benefits. So instead of jeopardizing my credit card processing or risking a $50,000 fine from the FDA, I’m going to have fun!

The Loco Ocho Diary entries are going to be simple and episodic. I’m going to write about things I do, did, or things that happen when I have consumed cannabinoids. Most of these are going to be real, but sometimes I’ll throw in fiction because it can be hilarious. My goal is not to mislead or deceive. My goal is to entertain. So, if something is made up, I’ll let yall know somewhere within in the content. But maybe I do some lame m night shyamalan trash and go through the whole thing and then reveal at the end that it was a dream woooooooo! Some will say it was genius and have to read the post 30 times to find the hints, while others will call it out for what it is – lazy banal garbage. Honestly, I don’t know where the Loco Ocho Diary will take us or how long it will last, but there’s only one way to find out. Just do it.

I’m a legitimate cannabis expert. If you are looking for serious information about hemp and cannabis, I encourage you to check out my other companies, HalcyonOrganics.com or HalcyonEssentials.com or the lots of other information sources online. The info is out there, I just can’t teach it to yall on this website because of rules and society.

I want Better Than Nine to be fun. Better Than Nine has awesome products that speak for themselves. I want to have a section for reviews or testimonials, but those tend to get filled with what are considered ‘medical claims’ and get us in trouble. It’s frustrating that our clients want to help us out by sharing their stories, but can’t because there’s a big bad wolf that’s trying to suppress hemp companies.

Enough of my whining. Let’s have fun!



Daniel Macris

I’ll start by apologizing that this post isn’t going to have any pictures or a clear point. I just wanted to write some streaming consciousness stuff about why I think Delta 8 is Better Than Nine. I know it’s cheesy and that’s literally what made me think of the brand name. I had been toiling for months on thinking of a good name for a Delta 8 product company. It was hard mostly because I didn’t have much experience with delta 8. I bought a 100 grams of D8 distillate and started making products. I used the same equipment, processes, and recipes as I do for CBD and Delta 9 THC products. I even dabbed it. I gave samples to friends to try. I kept getting the same feedback, “This D8 definitely does something. I’m not sure how to describe it. But I like it. It’s good.”

That’s what the stoners told me. The feedback from the “I don’t use cannabis because it makes me paranoid” crowd came back saying, “This is awesome. I like it better than real weed.”

I fell into the second group. It’s one thing to be stoned in college when you don’t have any real responsibilities. You can “check out” for a few hours and nothing is going to happen. However, as an adult, you have to be ready to spring into action at any moment. This means that being incapacitated for 6 hours is not conducive to personal or professional success. It’s also pretty unpleasant to eat too much edible and spend the next 3 hours worrying that everyone is staring at you or having to remind yourself to breath.

As I continued to try different delta 8 doses and consumption methods, I was thinking of a cool brand name for D8 products. I went through the usual cliche stuff like “DELTA 8 FORCE” or “Delta Force 8.” Then, I wandering into the edgy, in-your-face stuff like “Legal THC Products.com.” I briefly tried some fanciful and capricious names like “Blossom” or “Stratate” and some other dumb stuff that I didn’t like.

Regardless of how many awful names I thought of, I kept finding myself saying, “I wish I could think of a name for this stuff because it is great. I swear I think it’s better than nine.” Everytime someone asked me “what’s Delta 8 like?” I’d respond the same way – “it’s good. I really like it. It relaxes me, but not in a lazy way. I get my work done efficiently. I sleep good at night. I like it better than nine.”

So on a random Wednesday morning, I was talking to my wife and said, “I gotta think of a name that accurately describes Delta 8.” She asked me how would you describe it? I said, “I don’t know, but it’s better than nine.” As I finished the sentence that cartoon lightbulb above my head turned on. I said, “Better Than Nine.” That’s the name. It’s easy. It’s to the point. It says everything that I want to say about delta 8.

I know that there will be at least a million delta 9ers that will call this blasphemy, but I suspect that there are a lot more people who are gonna dig these delta 8 products. It’s very similar to Delta 9 THC, but doesn’t cause many of the negatives associated with delta 9. But it is not foolproof. If you take too much, you’re gonna have some significant side effects so don’t be a dipshit and ignore the warning labels and dosing instructions. This is not toy.

Another VERY IMPORTANT NOTE about delta 8. I need to be crystal clear that all of these products are made using legal, cbd delta 8 hemp derivative. All of these products contain less than .3% delta-9 THC.