Q: What is Delta 8 THC?
A: Delta-8 THC (or Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol) is a naturally occurring chemical compound called a cannabinoid that’s found in small traces in hemp and cannabis plants.
Q: What is THC?
A: THC (or Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is a chemical compound extracted from the cannabis plant. It is the primary compound found in marijuana variants. Delta 9 THC is the chemical that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties or “high” effects.
Q: What is the difference between Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC?
A: Chemically speaking, Delta 8 and Delta 9 are isomers. This means that they are made of the same chemical elements put together in unique ways. Specifically, the double carbon bond in the compound is at the 8th position rather than the 9th. A seemingly minor difference that yields significantly different effects.
A major difference between Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC is the effects that they produce. This is typically the deciding factor for most people who are uncertain about which one they want to take. Delta 9 is considerably more potent than Delta 8.
Q: Do Delta 8 products contain Delta 9 THC?
A: While it's uncommon, some products may contain Delta 9 THC. However, it can only contain up to 0.3% Delta 9 THC to be legal according to Federal Law. Terms such as "full-spectrum" indicate the presence of THC, whereas terms including, "broad-spectrum" or "CBD isolate" indicate that THC has been removed. It's important to note that Delta 8 metabolizes into the same metabolites that drug tests look for. It is not recommended that you take Delta 8 if you might be tested in the near future.
Q: Is Delta 8 legal?
A: Delta 8 that is extracted from hemp and contains less than 0.3% THC is legal at the federal level with the passage of the Farm Bill in late 2018. Each state also has its own law regarding the legality of Delta 8 and therefore the legality of Delta 8 products can vary from state to state.
Q: How does Delta 8 work?
A: Delta 8 THC is a cannabinoid, a chemical compound that occurs naturally in the human body, and actively interacts with cannabinoid receptors located throughout the human body, known as the endocannabinoid system. When Delta 8 binds to these receptors, it triggers various physiological actions that help to regulate your appetite, pain sensation, mood, and memory.
Q: Who to trust for Delta 8?
A: Delta 8 is becoming commonplace. Asking questions is the first step in finding reputable products. Lab reports should be readily accessible. Labeling should be clear and easy to understand. Potency, purity, and consistency are the hallmarks of quality CBD products.
Q: Why take Delta 8 THC?
A: If you find that most Delta 9 THC is too potent, you'll get many of the same benefits without several of the drawbacks. Thought to be half as potent as Delta 9 THC, Delta 8 might represent a more mild experience.
To learn more about Delta 8 THC, take a look at our growing backlog of blog posts, here.