Whether you’re new to cannabis or are a veteran, maybe no one’s sat you down yet and had this chat with you. A lot of amazing things come from cannabis, and there are even more amazing things you can create with these compounds. Delta 9 THC, and now, delta 8 THC are two of the biggest stars. And, of course, who could forget CBD? Below, we’ll specifically discuss delta 8 vs. delta 9, because there are some key differences.
Both have been used for centuries
You may have read somewhere, or many places, for that matter, that cannabis is an ancient medicinal plant. It’s true. Cannabis sativa, or the hemp plant, has been used for thousands of years. It can be used to alleviate internal and external symptoms as its blended into salves or elixirs, or even in other more functional ways, like being woven into textiles for clothing and more.
How related are delta 8 and delta 9?
Of course, delta 8 and delta 9 have been here all along, too, though not necessarily enjoyed individually. More recently, science has allowed for these compounds to be isolated, extracted, and targeted for their unique benefits. You likely know that people have been enjoying THC recreationally and benefiting medicinally for decades. Whenever anyone refers to THC in general, it’s likely they’re talking about delta 9 THC.
Delta 8 THC, on the other hand, is what’s called an analog or an isomer of THC. This means that chemically speaking, delta 8 THC is identical to delta 9 THC. However, its arrangement of atoms is what differs. This allows it to be a different animal in terms of how it makes people feel, which we discuss below. It also comes about in a slightly different way. Compared to delta 9, delta 8 THC naturally exists in small quantities in the hemp plant. New technology is allowing more of it to be produced.
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Delta 8 and delta 9 are psychoactive
Naturally, a huge question for any cannabis product, particularly THC is, “how will it make me feel?” Both delta 8 and delta 9 are psychoactive or psychotropic. This means that both compounds have noticeable, even fast-acting effects on both your mind and body.
If you’ve consumed delta 9 THC before, you know that each product may affect you differently. This deals with not only the strains present in the product, but also the strength and also other details about your body, mind, and health. Delta 8 THC products act in the same way.
However, users report that delta 8’s high is generally a body high that also offers uplifting, even clarifying effects for the mind. It’s also reported that the high offered by delta 8 is milder than that offered by delta 9. If you’re curious about the studied, medicinal benefits of delta 8, thank the National Cancer Institute, for one. Delta 8 is reported to combat pain, anxiety, nausea, appetite issues, and more.
Only one of them is federally legal (for now)
Perhaps the biggest difference between delta 8 THC and delta 9 THC is legality. As you know, delta 9 is a contentious issue for some. Delta 8 isn’t necessarily less so, but we’re certainly glad it’s federally legal. Wondering how this is possible? Well, thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, delta 8 falls under the protections for hemp products and derivatives. These compounds and products are federally legal as long as they contain less than 0.3% THC (delta 9). The same rule applies to all those cool CBD products out there.