What is Delta 8 THC?

What is Delta 8
Delta-8-Tetrahydrocannabinol is a lesser-known cannabinoid that is only found in very small amounts in the hemp or cannabis plant. Because of this, Delta-8-THC is most commonly produced by transforming CBD through a chemical process called isomerization. The National Cancer Institute has described Delta 8 as "an analogue of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties."

With an almost identical atomic structure to Delta-9, Delta-8 was largely overlooked by the scientific community until 1995 when Dr. Raphael Mechoulam (commonly referred to as the "godfather of cannabis research") decided to re-examine this mystery molecule for its antiemetic properties and its potential to aid in arresting tumor growth.

Nowadays, Delta 8 infused products are steadily growing in popularity and can be found in most retail locations across the United States. Checkout our store locator to find the nearest location selling our products, or purchase Delta 8 online at our website.

What's the difference between Delta-8-Tetrahydrocannabinol and Delta 9?

The atomic structure of Delta-8-THC is nearly identical to that of Delta-9-THC, except for the placement of a single atomic bond. To be more specific, the double bond is on the 8th carbon rather than the 9th.

Although very similar to Delta 9, Delta-8-THC interacts with your endocannabinoid system in slightly different ways, producing what is often reported as an anxiety-free, and much more relaxing high. Many regular cannabis users report issues with chronic anxiety and paranoia associated with their cannabis use. This can eventually lead to users avoiding certain strains, lowering the amount they consume, or even quitting entirely. People who switch to Delta 8 almost always report that those feelings of anxiety and unease had vanished entirely.

Perhaps the most glaring difference between the two is their legal status. Currently, 33 out of 50 US states have legalized medical marijuana. Only 11 out of 50 have legalized marijuana for adult recreational use. Even worse, federal law lists cannabis as a Schedule 1 Drug, alongside heroin and LSD. However, Delta-8-THC is 100% legal under US federal law thanks to H.R. 2: The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the 2018 Farm Bill.

Does Delta 8 get you high?

Yes, but in a slightly different way to typical Delta-9-THC. Delta 8 is less potent than traditional THC, meaning you have to consume about twice as much. Also, the effects of Delta 8 THC do not typically last as long as Delta-9. The biggest difference however, is the absence of paranoia or anxiety. In fact, almost all users report an anxiety-free, and much more relaxing high.

Does Delta 8 show up on a drug test?

Yes, Delta 8 THC will indeed show up on any standard THC urine test, resulting in you failing the test. Most tests are not able to distinguish between the two, and it will simply show up as Delta-9-THC. However, some brands of urine tests specifically look for Delta-8-Tetrahydrocannabinol as well, such as the 1-Panel THC Urine Test by DrugTestSuccess

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