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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



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


How Does Delta 8 Differ from CBD?

The main difference between delta 8 THC and CBD is, of course, that delta 8 is intoxicating, while CBD Is not. But, the two cannabinoids do share a surprising bit in common. Both cannabinoids are associated with a mellowing response on mood as well as the entire nervous system, while offering potential anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. While many understandably focus on the high associated with delta 8, it’s important to remember that all cannabinoids, like CBD and delta 8, support the body’s endocannabinoid system in a much more systemic way to offer a feeling of balance that can have long-lasting effects.

That being said, many individuals maintain a routine with both CBD and delta 8 THC, as each cannabinoid is unique enough that the properties of both are quite valuable to the user throughout the day. Delta 8 THC and CBD can be taken together successfully, and each one can provide a one-of-a-kind experience that’s highly desirable.


Is Delta 8 Actually Legal?

Delta 8 THC is a federally legal cannabinoid, which may surprise you due to its intoxicating nature.  It’s legal because of the Farm Bill which was passed in the United States in 2018.  The Farm Bill effectively legalized the hemp plant and its individual derivatives, simply stating that no hemp product on the market can have a concentration of delta 9 THC that exceeds 0.3%.  Delta 8 is not delta 9, and delta 8 products on the market contain the legal amount of delta 9 THC in order to be federally compliant.

It is important to point out that in spite of federal legalization, some states have banned delta 8 THC. These states are:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • New York
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Utah

What this means is that if you live in one of these 13 states, we cannot ship delta 8 THC to your home.  We know this is extremely unfortunate, but at D8.co, we abide by the law because we take our role in the hemp industry very seriously.  If you do not live in one of the above states, you can order from us legally, and enjoy any product in our catalog.


How is Delta 8 Produced?

Delta 8 THC is an isomer of CBD (cannabidiol), the dominant compound in hemp. Meanwhile, the hemp plant naturally contains only about 0.1% of delta 8. Being isomers, these two cannabinoids contain he same molecules, but they are arranged in different ways. Advanced isomerization techniques allow us to simply reconfigure the molecules of the CBD compound to convert it into delta 8 THC. From there, we can apply steam distillation to the new delta 8 cannabinoid to purify it until we end up with a clean delta 8 distillate that we can combine with other ingredients in order to produce our gummies and vaping formulas.


How Can I Take Delta 8?

Delta 8, like CBD, comes in different delivery methods, which refer to the manner through which the cannabinoid is “delivered” into the body.  Each delivery method allows for a unique type of experience.  These are the types of delta 8 products that we offer here at D8.co.

Gummies: Delta 8 gummies are edibles that are ingested into the body, and any time we ingest a cannabinoid, we experience the longest-lasting effects.  Delta 8 gummies can take up to 2 hours to really kick in, but from there they can provide a solid experience for up to 8 hours.  Gummies are also associated with a unique body high that many users find very enjoyable.

Vape Cartridges: Delta 8 vape cartridges are 510-threaded cartridges that are filled with delta 8 vape oil, and come in lots of great strain options that determine the effects that you can feel from the terpenes in the hemp plant.  Vape cartridges like all inhalable products offer effects within minutes that are quite potent, and wear off within an hour or two.

Disposable Vapes: Disposable vapes provide the same effects as cartridges, but they just offer a different take on the technology.They are all-in-one vaping systems that never need to be assembled, charged or maintained, acting as an extremely user-friendly option.


How Do I Know That I’m Getting Quality, Genuine Delta 8?

When it comes to buying delta 8 THC, it’s critical that you choose a trusted source that is known for producing only high-quality products. At D8.co, we go above and beyond to ensure a satisfying delta 8 experience, by working with organic hemp plant material, using advanced extraction techniques and using only carefully sourced ingredients to produce our formulas. Our delta 8 is lab-tested by a third party to ensure proper purity and quality levels, and you can access our lab reports through our website.

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