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What is Delta-8-THC

Posted by Trusted Hemp Stuff on Feb 15th 2014

Delta-8-THC is distinct from the THC that is often associated with cannabis. Although it is not the most popular form of cannabinoid found in cannabis, it falls in one of the four most prominent compounds that occur naturally. What we mostly tend to associate with THC typically means that delta-9-THC, the main form of THC found in cannabis. Delta-8-THC is an analog of delta-9-THC, a molecule with an analogous structure, however some notable variations.

Whereas the two share several similar properties, like reportedly stimulating appetency, soothing pain, and reducing nausea. But Delta-8-THC has a lower psychotropic potency than delta-9-THC.

Delta-8-THC occurs in small concentrations, which in turn increases its value due to the complex process through which it is obtained i.e, extraction, isolation, conversion, and refinement.

Though it is an intricate process to obtain large concentrations of Delta-8 THC, it can be created through a less difficult process. Moreover, Delta-8 is a powerful cannabinoid that offers a lot. It is a derivative of CBD and hemp that is completely legal if the final form contains less than 0.3% Delta-9 THC.

Differences Between The Delta-8 THC and The Delta-9 THC

Both are the two different chemical compounds of the cannabis plant, but they share many similarities. The only major difference is in their placement of bonds. Both Delta-9 THC and Delta-8 THC contain double bonds, but Delta-8 has its double bond on the 8th carbon chain, while Delta-9 has its double bond on the 9th carbon chain. Hence they are named after this.

Besides the bonds, the Endocannabinoid System’s (ECS) receptors work relatively similar because they both have a similar structure and many similar properties. If you’re missing out on all the fun facts and benefits of THC common in marijuana, you will be happy to learn that both Tetrahydrocannabinol cannabinoids are used to serve the same purpose as one another, acting as an ideal solution for both recreational and medicinal use.

Although they are different compounds having many similarities, there aren’t too many things that separate these two. They both bind to the CB1 receptors in the body and offer psychotropic effects; however, Delta-8 THC is half as strong as Delta-9, delivering a lower psychotropic potency, which is more tolerable and suitable for recreational purposes.

How Is Delta-8 THC Different from CBD?

When we compare the Delta-8 and CBD, the differences between these two are more obvious than the similarities between Delta-8 and Delta-9. This is because of the different chemical structure of CBD than Delta-8 THC. For example, Delta-8 is a psychoactive cannabinoid compound, and CBD is not. Additionally, scientific research has shown the benefits offered by

CBD are more than Delta-8-THC. Here are some comparisons showing the differences between them.

Delta-8 THC

* Delta-8-THC is psychoactive.

* It is present in low concentrations.

*Delta-8-THC binds with CB1 receptors and are related to CB2 receptors as well.

* It is used both medicinally and recreationally.

* It has a high probability of failing a drug test.


* It is non-Psychoactive.

* It is present in high Concentrations.

*CBD binds with the CB1 receptors.

* It is commonly used for medicinal purposes.

*It has a low probability of failing a drug test.

Benefits of Delta-8-THC

Many users claim that Delta 8-THC gives them a more clear-headed high. Because Delta 8-THC is a form of THC, so it still gets you high, but many people claim they don’t feel out of their control. Some people claimed after taking Delta 8-THC, they feel more energized and motivated.

The most notable benefits of Delta 8-THC include:

* It helps with pain reduction.

* It is a stimulant of appetite.

* Delta-8-THC has anti-inflammatory properties.

* It eliminates nausea in cancer patients.

* Enjoy CBD-like benefits such as a reduction in anxiety, pain, and inflammation.

* Enjoy a clearer-headed high as compared to THC.

* It can work both topically (applied to the skin) or orally.

Is Delta-8 Legal?

Though many people find some confusion about the legality of Delta 8-THC, it is indeed federally legal in most of the states. The Farm Bill 2018, which is also known as The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, clarified the legal status of non-psychoactive cannabis plants. In this new law, it is specifically stated that all cannabinoids, isomers, and derivatives in hemp are legal if they contain less than 0.3% Delta-9 THC in the final products. It did not specifically mention the amount of Delta 8-THC because it’s considered a minor cannabinoid.

Because of the lack of clarification, people started assuming that Delta 8-THC was legal in any concentration, and people could start growing Delta 8-THC strains or creating synthetic versions of Delta 8-THC.

However, the DEA recently has published an amendment in the Farm Bill 2018 clarifying the legal status of Delta 8-THC. The amendment has redefined that tetrahydrocannabinol under the law, states that it’s illegal to produce synthetic versions of THC in any form – regardless of whether it’s Delta 8-THC or Delta 9-THC:

“For synthetically derived tetrahydrocannabinol, the concentration of Δ 9-THC is not a determining factor in whether the material is a controlled substance. All synthetically derived tetrahydrocannabinol remains a schedule I controlled substances.”

The quite fascinating thing about cannabis is that it had been federally illegal since the 1920s,though after the new law, millions of people have started to use it.

Although, there is yet much more to discover about Delta-8 THC that moving along slowly. But people are becoming more aware and familiar with the quite incredible cannabinoid and their uses. Manufacturers have found many new methods that convert CBD into Delta-8 THC, allowing them to generate it in high concentrations. As a result, many products are coming out in the market utilizing Delta-8 THC.

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