You might have heard about it from a friend, seen it in the news, or even encountered it in your local CBD/smoke shops or gas stations. You may still be wondering, “What exactly is Delta 8 THC?

Where Does Delta-8 THC Come From?

Delta-8 is sourced from hemp. All marijuana and hemp are forms of cannabis, just as all Labradors and Huskies are dogs. However, not all cannabis plants are hemp, and not all are marijuana.

In 2018, the federal government legalized hemp for the first time through the Farm Bill. According to Uncle Sam and many state governments, hemp is cannabis with a Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of 0.3% or lower, while marijuana is cannabis with any higher concentration. This principle also applies to hemp products unless you’re in a state that has banned certain hemp cannabinoids.

Delta-8 is found in small amounts in both hemp and marijuana. The Delta-8 products you find in stores or online are derived from hemp.

To explain how Delta-8 is obtained, think of processors deriving cannabinoids from hemp and then creating Delta-8 from these cannabinoids.

“But isn’t hemp just the stalks used for rope and clothing?”  

Yes, in some cases. There are two types of hemp: industrial hemp grown for fiber and consumable hemp cultivated for its scent, flavor, taste, and cannabinoid levels.

What is THC?

As discussed earlier, the amount of Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) distinguishes hemp from marijuana. But what is THC?

THC is a group of cannabinoids containing hydrogen, carbon, and oxygen. The THC family is known for its “active” effects, as opposed to CBD, which has more “passive effects.”

Because THC can bind to receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS), it can produce active effects in various forms. The ECS comprises a complex network of receptors and chemical messengers that regulate sleep, memory, emotional processing, temperature, and appetite.

When people say “THC,” they usually mean Delta-9 THC. With the rise of the hemp industry, cannabis enthusiasts have more THC variants to choose from.

What is Delta-8 THC?

Delta-8 THC closely resembles Delta-9 but features a chemical bond on the eighth chain rather than the ninth. That’s the biochemistry basics.

Legal perspective adds more intrigue. Delta-9 THC derived from hemp is legal, purchasable, and can be shipped across state lines as long as its Delta-9 THC content stays below 0.3%. As a result, Delta-9 THC-derived hemp products are limited to edibles.

At the time of writing this article, there’s no federal or state concentration limit for Delta-8 THC. You can purchase Delta-8 products like 100mg gummies, tinctures, cartridges, and disposables.

Effects and Side Effects of Delta-8 THC

Consuming Delta-8 THC is associated with various effects, including relaxation, euphoria, relief, increased appetite, well-being, and wonderment. These effects sound similar to regular THC.

Indeed, Delta-8 and Delta-9 share properties, but research from 2022 reveals that Delta-8 THC forms a weaker bond with ECS receptors.

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