Cannabis is becoming more commonplace in mainstream media as more U.S. states legalize and decriminalize the consumption and possession of the plan. Consequently, more people are becoming aware of the benefits of cannabis. And just like CBD is continuing to take the world by storm, the cannabinoid Delta-8 THC is gaining more popularity.
Part of the reason many people know so little about cannabis is because under U.S. federal law, Delta-9 THC (the cannabinoid that is mainly responsible for the psychoactivity of marijuana) is an illegal Schedule I substance. This law makes conducting scientific research on the plant extremely difficult.
There is much speculation about whether or not Delta-8 is federally legal. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Delta-8 THC is still illegal if sourced from cannabis sativa. However, as stated in the 2018 Farm Bill, if Delta-8 is derived from hemp, it is legal. Although, many companies are still unsure of the exact federal regulations of Delta-8 THC.
Delta-8 THC is extracted from the hemp flower and can be made into products like vape cartridges, soft drinks, gummies, and tinctures. There’s still a lot to learn and discover about Delta-8 but so far, here is what we know:
1. Delta-8 Is Different Than Delta-9
Typically, when people think about THC, what comes to mind is actually the cannabinoid Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Delta-9 THC is the primary cannabinoid that gives the cannabis plant its potent psychoactive traits. Delta-9 THC is still illegal in most states whereas Delta-8 THC can be sold just about anywhere.
With the difference lying in just two atoms that distinguish Delta-8 from Delta-9, Delta-8 can be thought of as a “lighter” form of Delta-9. The numbers ‘8’ and ‘9’ depict the placement of the cannabinoid’s respective atomic bonds. The close proximity in numbers represents how closely related the cannabinoids actually are – the main difference is the potency of the high.
Some similarities between Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC are their relaxation, pain reduction, and nausea decreasing properties. On the other hand, Delta-9 may induce paranoia and anxiety whereas Delta-8 offers a less intense high and a much less anxiety-ridden experience.
2. Delta-8 Is Psychoactive
Delta-8 also has psychoactive components but with about half the potency of Delta-9. Some consumers may feel slightly high or not feel any psychoactive effects at all whereas others who are new to cannabis may feel a greater high.
Some people experience periods of paranoia while smoking or ingesting Delta-9 THC while on the contrary, Delta-8 gives you all the benefits without the paranoia.
3. Is There Such Thing as Delta-8 THC Flower?
Delta-8 THC occurs in low quantities within the cannabis plant. The process for extracting copious amounts of Delta-8 is quite the undertaking. The plant needs to undergo the process of extraction, isolation, conversion, and refinement in order to procure the cannabinoid.
On the other hand, CBD is found in high quantities in the hemp plant and that’s why hemp flower also includes CBD. Since there is already so little Delta-8 THC in hemp and cannabis plants, there is no smokable flower that includes a large amount of Delta-8 THC.
However, there is some form of Delta-8 hemp flower on the market. Some companies spray Delta-8 distillate (oil with a high concentration of Delta-8) on their hemp flower. This allows the consumer to enjoy the feeling of smoking a joint while getting all the benefits and effects of Delta-8 THC.
4. Delta-8 THC Has a Multitude of Benefits
Like other cannabis-derived products, Delta-8 can:
- Foster relaxation
- Increase focus
- Reduce pain
- Ease nausea
Delta-8 has also been found beneficial for those suffering from cancer. The National Cancer Institute states that Delta-8 has, “antiemetic [prevents vomiting], anxiolytic [reduces anxiety], appetite-stimulating, analgesic [reduces pain], and neuroprotective qualities.”
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