What is Delta 8? Delta-8 is a cannabis molecule that has gained popularity due to its similarities to delta-9 THC, the principal ingredient in cannabis that causes euphoria, happiness, sedation, symptom alleviation, and many other effects. THC is present in high concentrations in the majority of cannabis cultivars.
The similarities between the two cannabinoids are seen in their chemical structures as well as their names. The scientific term for THC is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, sometimes known as delta-9 THC or just delta-9. Delta-8 is an abbreviation for delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol, sometimes known as delta-8 THC. Delta-8 THC may have comparable effects to ordinary delta-9 THC, however, it is significantly less strong.
THC comes in two forms: delta-8 and delta-9. When most people refer to THC, they are referring to delta-9 THC. (In this article, we refer to delta-9 THC when we use the word “THC” without a modifier.)
People in places where THC is outlawed seek cannabis products, yet delta-8 may be lawful in their state, despite being less strong than conventional THC. To accommodate this increasing demand, several hemp-based extractors are scaling up delta-8 production and transporting it throughout the United States.
Two forms of THC explained
Delta-8, like delta-9 (normal THC), attaches to the endocannabinoid system in the body, causing a high. Delta-8 and delta-9 are chemically similar in that they both feature a double bond in their structures. This double bond is considered to be responsible for the intoxicating effects that cause you to feel high.
The chemical location of the double bond in the two THCs varies. Both cannabinoids comprise a carbon atom chain, however, delta-8 has a double bond on the eighth carbon and delta-9 on the ninth.
Because of the placement of its double bond, Delta-8 attaches to the endocannabinoid system in a somewhat different manner. This is supposed to be what makes delta-8 substantially less powerful than ordinary THC. However, additional study on delta-8 and how it interacts with the body is required.
Is delta-8 going to get you high?
Delta-8 THC will make you high, but not as strong as standard delta-9 THC. Delta-8 may be a legal method for folks who live in places where cannabis is outlawed to enjoy THC-like effects from cannabis.
Even if they are legally permitted to acquire THC products, some consumers may choose for cannabis products that are not as strong as standard THC. THC may have a detrimental impact on certain people, causing anxiety or paranoia. Delta-8 may provide a softer, gentler high.
What is the duration of a delta-8 high?
A delta-8 high will last as long as a conventional THC high, but it will be weaker. It depends on how much you consume—if you vape or smoke delta-8 flower, it may last an hour or more, while gummies can only last a few hours.
The advantages of delta-8
Because delta-8 is comparable to THC, it may provide some of the same effects. Delta-8 may assist with the following conditions:
More study on delta-8, how it interacts with the body, and what possible advantages it may have for consumers is needed.
CBD vs. Delta-8
Delta-8 is more akin to THC (delta-9) than CBD, both in chemical structure and in its ability to get you euphoric. Delta-8 THC binds to the endocannabinoid system of the body more like delta-9 THC. CBD does not connect as easily to the endocannabinoid system as THC does, rendering it non-intoxicating, despite the fact that CBD may provide medical advantages to the customer.