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What Is Delta 8 THC? How is it Different From Delta 9 THC?

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You may be aware, or not, Delta-8 THC (delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol) is a cannabinoid that naturally occurs in hemp. A compound that’s derived from hemp and an isomer of CBD, therefore placing it into country legal boundaries.

According to National Library of Medicine, the definition for delta-8 THC is “…an analog of THC with antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties.” In summary, delta-8 is a cannabinoid with similar properties to that of delta-9. Despite it being considered a minor compound, delta-8 is one of the top 4 out of more than 100 cannabinoids that occur naturally.

Delta-8 exhibits a less potent psychotropic effect that some people may find more suitable for daily recreational use. Smoking or vaping hemp to feel any of the effects it could offer is useless since the cannabinoid is found in dry cannabis flowers with such low concentrations.

Tolerance of Delta-8

It occurs when the body resists the effects of a substance. When you take compounds like THC, it changes the activity of certain receptors -such as the CB1 receptors). When you use these compounds frequently, the body changes the receptors to reduce the substance’s impact.

Tolerance forms to delta 8 THC faster than it does with delta 9 THC. This means the effects start to become weaker the more often you use it.

You’ll need a higher dose to get the same benefit if you use THC often.

If you find delta-8 THC isn’t working as well as it used to, it’s worth taking a break for 1 – 2 weeks. By the end of the second week, delta-8 will be back at its strength again.

How to Use Delta-8

It’s used the same way as any other cannabinoid. You can smoke it, vape it, use it as a tincture, take capsules, gummies or use the raw flower buds.

The main difference is that it’s not that common. There are hundreds of companies making THC products that contain delta-9, but only a few companies are making delta 8 products.

The low concentrations of delta 8 in cannabis plants also mean that to get strong delta 8 THC products, they need to be made from a concentrate.

Highlights on the Effects of Delta 8 THC

  • You may feel elevated and mildly euphoric
  • The time may ‘slow down’ a bit
  • Your body may feel relaxed and tension-free
  • Lower doses provide a productive state of mind
  • Higher doses can have a tranquilizing effect
  • Chronic pain becomes easier to manage
  • You feel a sense of clearheadedness and peace

What’s the Difference Between Delta 8 THC vs Delta 9 THC?


  • Delta 8 THC is less likely to get you anxious or paranoid
  • Delta 8 THC has a longer shelf life than normal THC
  • Delta 8 THC is federally legal
  • The high from delta 8 THC is more clear-headed


  • Delta 8 THC isn’t as abundant in cannabis plants, which makes it difficult to extract
  • Delta 8 THC is about twice less potent than delta 9 THC.


Delta-8 THC is very similar to regular THC (delta-9 THC). The effects are virtually identical, with a few exceptions. Delta-8 is about half as strong, produces less anxious side-effects, and has stronger appetite stimulant effects.

A main difference between delta 8 THC and delta 9 THC from a structural perspective is the location of a double bond in the chemical structure. Delta-8 has the double-bond on the eight carbon chain; delta 9 has this bond on the ninth carbon chain.

Delta-8 is often sold as a legal high in the United States, the UK, and some European countries. It can be made from hemp plants, which are considered legal under most national and federal jurisdictions.

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