Welcome to the World of Delta-8
Welcome to the World of Delta-8
It is important to note that as we enter 2021 many CBD users are becoming familiar with the various cannabinoids that grow on cannabis plants. We know about CBD, CBG, CBN, and of course THC. The proper name that gets us high is Delta-9. However, there are Delta-9 is not the only type of THC!
What is Delta-8 THC?
The language and science of cannabinoids are relatively new to the consumer market. As a result, the terms relating to these compounds are still evolving. Cannabinoids have been reduced to general initialisms to make them easier to discuss. Thus, cannabidiol became CBD, and tetrahydrocannabinol became THC. While convenient, this shortening also comes with simplification. As mentioned, most consumers do not know that different arrangements of THC even exist.
The “8” in Delta-8 stands for the placement of a chemical bond, one step over from where it sits in Delta-9. Its structural similarity allows it to have similar effects. However, there are key differences.
Cannabis and hemp plants grow exceedingly small amounts of Delta-8 THC, making it far rarer than Delta-9. However, it can be derived from either type of cannabis plant using special breeding, extraction, and processing methods.
Where exactly does Delta-8 come from? And what is driving the new interest? Delta-8 THC comes from the hemp plant by way of CO2 extraction.
The Effects of Delta-8 THC
Okay, so a different THC cannabinoid exists, why does it matter? While delta-8 and delta-9 THC may share similarities, they have some noted differences. Unlike CBD, which is heralded for its lack of psychoactive effects, this is not the case for Delta-8 THC.
Delta-8 can be psychoactive for some consumers, just less so than Delta-9. A good way to think about it generally is something like “Weed Light”: many of the effects and benefits of Delta-9, though toned down a few steps. It is still euphoric and stimulates appetite. It can energize or relax the consumer depending on the larger terpene and cannabinoid profile, similar to Delta-9. And yes, it can induce some of the typical heady, psychoactive experience.
The main difference is that while Delta-8 can do all of these things it does them with less intensity. Even for experienced cannabis users, there is a noticeable effect, albeit a less intense one. However, the trade-off here is that the potential negative side effects of cannabis are also reduced. Delta-8 tends to be less racy, as mentioned, but what happens aside from the high?
Much like CBD and Delta-9THC, Delta-8 imparts the relaxation, focus, and uplift that consumers expect, along with reported pain reduction and decreased nausea.
Reasons to Try Delta-8 THC
Delta-8’s unique properties lend themselves to a variety of uses and situations. For the cannabis-curious, it can act as a bridge to acclimating to other cannabinoids. Especially in today’s market, many nascent cannabis consumers find Delta-9 can sometimes be too intense to enjoy depending on the consumer.
Delta-8 might be ideal for when a cannabinoid lift is desired, but the full potency of Delta-9 is too much for the occasion.
While many people use cannabis to help with social anxiety Delta-9 effects tend to be too hard to focus under certain circumstances. When clarity is higher on the priority list, a regular cannabis consumer might reach Delta-8 above Delta-9.
Also, as mentioned, Delta-8 is available to consumers who might not otherwise be able to try Delta-9 THC. While some states may have individual restrictions, Delta-8 cannabinoids are completely hemp-derived and thus fall under the legislation of the 2018 Farm Bill. In accordance with the bill’s guidelines, delta-8 preparations contain less than .3% Delta-9 THC.
The legality of Hemp-Derived THC Compounds
The differences in name and how it is sourced may seem like small details, but they change how Delta-8 is handled legally. In the United States, the hemp derivation and lack of Delta-9 THC ideally put Delta-8 preparations into the same class as CBD products.
Unlike delta-9 THC, delta-8 itself currently has no federal scheduling. However, it is possible to fail a drug test from the use of Delta-8, as those tests do not test for specific types of THC, but rather THC metabolites. THC metabolites are the result of the body processing any form of THC.