Delta-8 THC is a popular cannabinoid derived from the hemp plant with many similarities to delta-9 THC, the most commonly consumed form of THC. Delta-8 causes similar effects to delta-9 THC, but is thought to be a far less potent alternative.
Because delta-9 THC is still illegal in many states across the country, delta-8 has grown in popularity in recent years. After the 2018 farm bill, hemp became federally legal to grow and use for extractions throughout the United States. Since delta-8 is sourced from hemp rather than cannabis, delta-8 was effectively made legal to purchase even in states where delta-9 THC was illegal.
However, delta-8 has far more in common with regular THC than it does with a compound like CBD, a non-psychoactive compound found in the hemp plant which has exploded in the market as a direct result of the 2018 farm bill. Like regular THC, delta-8 binds to the body’s endocannabinoid system and causes feelings of euphoria, happiness, sedation, relief of various symptoms, insomnia, and more.
Delta-8 isolate requires a considerable amount of processing in its production process. First, CBD must be extracted from the hemp plant and refined into an isolate. Then, the CBD isolate is converted into delta-8 in a form that can be incorporated into edible gummies and tinctures.
Since very little research has been done on delta-8 (especially compared to regular THC), anyone who wants to try it should approach with due caution. Make sure you only consume quality-tested delta-8 from reputable producers that guarantee their products are free of harmful substances.
If you are already well-accustomed to regular THC,(–) the same dose of delta-8 will feel like a calmer, softer version of the cannabis products you have enjoyed in the past. For most people who use it, delta-8 serves as more of a THC-Lite with effects that are much milder than delta-9 THC.
Some consumers actually prefer the effects of more mild strains of cannabis and may prefer delta-8 as an alternative. Regular THC is known to cause a variety of negative effects in some users, including anxiety and paranoia. Because delta-8 is thought to be less psychoactive than THC, many users report feeling fewer negative effects overall. Still, delta-8 produces the same classic side effects as delta-9 THC: dry mouth, red eyes, and the munchies.
Written by Aaron Dunn