What's The Difference Between Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC?
Updated: Feb 9, 2022
Delta 8 is not almost Delta 9
“So, yesterday, Dwight found a half a joint in the parking lot. Which is unfortunate because Dwight finding drugs is more dangerous than most people using drugs. Let’s go over some of the symptoms of Marijuana use, shall we? You tell me who this sounds like…Dull. Slow-moving, constantly snacking.”
Comical, amusing. Some of my favorite moments on tv are Marijuana moments! Marijuana moments are VERY funny! In all seriousness, though the things we used to believe about the components of Marijuana are no longer true. This episode of the cult series “the office” highlights common prejudices that, in today’s environment, are no longer useful.
The fact is, Cannabis is a moving target, expanding its reach daily! Cannabis will never be the same & that includes Hemp. Electric cars, solar panels, and other alternative energy are all the evolution of modern life. Cannabinoids like Delta 9 THC have now met a similar brand of disruptive tech.
When I first used Marijuana, I remember exhaling through a personal charcoal filter to protect privacy. My concerns have “expired” when weighed against the use of cartridge technology that has little, to no smell. Once a brand-new technology Cartridges are now precise, discreet, and reliable.
In the past, if I wanted an edible, I preferred to cook at night to protect my privacy. Today gummies, tinctures, patches, and even suppositories make private Cannabis use possible. Change is good. Patients no longer risk life & limb to gain access to Cannabis. Today, high-quality Cannabis could be delivered directly to your front door.
No longer a joint between friends, choices are overwhelming. Everyone wants to feel good. We are here to help.
Delta 9 Tetrahydrocannabinol
Tetrahydrocannabinol is the proper name for THC. Historically. Delta 9 THC is inextricably linked to the name Marijuana. The writer of the cult series “the office’ had in mind Marijuana that was used for its Delta 9 THC. Delta 9 THC has been the ONLY link to “what” in Cannabis makes us feel so good.
Until now! Cannabinoids like CBD or Delta 8 THC are now colloquially referred to as Cannabis. In fact, Delta 9 is just one of over a 100 Cannabinoids.
The Science +1-1
Delta 9 looks very similar to Delta 8 at the atomic level. Delta 9 is bonded twice on the 9th atom. Delta 8 THC is bonded twice at the eighth atom. Delta 8 THC is found in nature but in lower concentrations than Delta 9 THC. Because Delta 8 THC is only found in small quantities, Delta 8 must be extracted from legally grown industrial hemp. Delta 8 is extracted as a naturally occurring component of Cannabis.
Delta 9 THC Therapy
Delta 9 THC has many health benefits! Those benefits are being clarified as new research becomes available.
In addition to some of the pleasures of delta 9 consumption, there are also a few disadvantages. The Delta 9 we love, can occasionally cause anxiety, sleeplessness, or irritability.
Delta 9 meant jail time
Delta 9 THC has been crucified, beat up, chewed on, and spit out by the planet's judiciary system. In the wake of tremendous reform, delta 9 containing products are sold legally to most adults with proof of a serious medical condition. Applications for these programs can be costly and time-consuming. Recently online distributors began selling legal delta 9 products. These products can be purchased legally because the molecule was derived from legally grown Hemp and fits the “dry weight” language of the law.
*Delta 9 THC intoxication is considered illegal when operating a motor vehicle or firearm.
Delta 8 Tetrahydrocannabinol
Dwight was not talking about delta 8 when he discovered half a joint at the office. Why? Because he knew nothing about it! Delta 8 THC is a relatively new Cannabinoid! I recently interviewed a patient about the differences between delta 8 and 9. She explained: “Delta 9 makes me sleepy, knocks me out. I can’t drive with either delta 8 or delta 9 because I feel weird. Delta 8 does help me work, helps me work.”
Delta 8 THC has been described as a “working high”. Delta 8 THC performs well for patients living with quality-of-life impairments. Delta 8 provokes CB1 receptors and delivers relief to those living with severe nervous system damage that does not abate with conventional therapy. Delta 8 can also be soothing to digestion and provide relief from chronic nausea.
Delta 9 THC can at times produce anxiety or paranoia. Delta 8 doesn’t appear to carry any of these negative side effects. This makes Delta 8 an ideal candidate for entourage. “Entourage” is a way of describing the mixed-use of Cannabinoids.
Entourage can be team “U”
I like to name my glass, homemade tinctures, and any other homemade mix. Opiates can have serious complications when combined with other drugs. Cannabis is much, much different! Cannabis performs alone, or together so there is no need to “choose one and run” so to speak. Entourage is a philosophy where the patient combines Cannabinoids, or even Cannabis strains to find his/her own path.
*Delta 8 intoxication may not be explicitly written into local laws. Intoxication from lawful substances is considered illegal when combined with the operation of a motor vehicle or the use of a firearm.
Be wise, use your eyes! Cannabis can feel good, GOOD, GOOD! Intoxicating Cannabinoids have the potential to attract costly legal burdens. Simple Google queries that include the Cannabinoid you are considering purchasing plus the area you live in can provide a wise education on local law enforcement.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This article is an educational tool not meant to be medical advice. Please consult a physician before starting any therapeutic program.