Delta-8 has a lower psychotropic potency than it’s close cousin Delta-9, while Delta-9 is the most abundant cannabis constituent in cannabis. Delta-8 is also known to connect with both CB1 and CB2 receptors in our bodies.
Delta-8 is synthesized from cannabigerolic acid (CBGA), the acidic form of CBG. Commonly called the “cannabis’ stem cell”, CBGA is responsible for producing a bunch of other cannabinoids such as THCA. THCA is then synthesized in mature cannabis from the stem cell molecule. Once harvested and exposed to heat, the THCA is decarboxylated, losing a co2 molecule and becoming Delta-9 THC – or just THC. That is then turned into Delta-8 by oxidation.
One drawback of Delta-8 is that it only exists naturally in very small quantities of less than 1 percent, making the only way to experience its effects is from refined concentrates, although many consider Delta-8 valuable due to it’s low potency. Researchers have looked into Delta-8, concluding that generally speaking Delta-8 THC produces similar psychoactive affects to Delta-9 THC but is around 50 to 75 percent less potent.
WHAT YOU SHOULD EXPECT
Delta-8 has been described as an easier, more tolerable version of traditional THC, producing semi-sedative affects without much mental stimulation. According to the US National Cancer Institute, Delta-8-THC can be defined as an analogue of THC with antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties.
Delta-8 THC chemically differs from Delta-9 THC by only a few atomic bonds and possesses many of the same beneficial qualities of Delta-9 THC, although Delta-8 is only around 25% as psychoactive as Delta-9 THC.
The 2018 Farm Bill specifically made all derivatives, isomers, and cannabinoids in hemp legal, provided the final product has less than 0.3% Delta 9 THC. For reference, Delta-8 THC is an isomer of CBD and a derivative of hemp and CBD. However, it is your responsibility to know your local and state laws
As a minor cannabinoid there’s still a lot about Delta-8 that we don’t know. You should always take a cautious approach when trying anything for the first time. If you’re thinking about consuming Delta-8-THC, you need to be aware of the information we currently have available. Make sure you talk to your doctor before trying Delta-8 and get a professional opinion for your health.
Do not drive or operate heavy machinery after using this product. Keep out of reach of children. If you are subject to regular or random drug screening it is best not to use this product. Most standard drug tests will not be able to tell the difference between Delta-8 THC and Delta-9 THC.