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Delta-8 THC vs. Delta-9 THC: What’s the Difference?

You’ve probably heard of THC. It’s the chemical component in cannabis responsible for its psychoactive effects. But did you know that there is another type of THC? This short article gives you a quick breakdown of the differences between Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC.

If you’re an avid cannabis enthusiast, you’ve likely encountered people who have a lower tolerance to THC. Or perhaps it’s you that is strongly affected by cannabis. For some, the side effects of THC can be so overwhelming that it completely turns them away from cannabis for the rest of their life. They experience a “bad trip” characterized by paranoia, panic, anxiety, and confusion. Sound familiar?

This is especially true for the hyper potent cannabis strains and products available on the market today. But what if there was a way to achieve a potent high without the risk of paranoia, anxiety, or the dreaded “bad trip”?

What is Delta-8 THC?

Delta-9 THC is the common form of THC associated with producing negative side effects of anxiety in sensitive people. But Delta-8 THC has slightly less potency and isn’t known to cause these same types of deleterious side effects.

Delta-8 THC is an isomer or analog of Delta-9 THC, meaning that they have an identical molecular formula. The only difference between the two chemicals, known as cannabinoids, is where the carbon atoms bond within the chemical structure.

How is Delta-8 THC Made?

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Cannabis and hemp flower produces only a tiny fraction of their phytocannabinoid content as Delta-8 THC.

To isolate and create this Delta-8 THC, producers use advanced machines and equipment to convert Delta-9 THC from cannabis flower into a pure Delta-8 distillate that can be used to craft consumer products.

Delta-8 THC Benefits

By definition, according to the National Cancer Institute – “Delta-8 has antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties.” In non-scientific terms, this means that it has benefits against nausea, anxiety, lack of appetite, pain, and has properties that can protect the brain.

Overall, Delta-8 THC offers many of the same benefits of regular THC in cannabis without the risk of having a paranoia ridden bad trip. While it’s not exact and each person experiences cannabinoids differently, researchers think Delta-8 THC is less than half as potent as Delta-9 THC.

Does Delta-8 THC Get You High?

Yes, it does! Delta-9 THC in cannabis makes you feel high because it stimulates CB1 receptors (cannabinoid receptors) in the brain and nervous system. Similarly, Delta-8 THC acts on the same receptors in the brain, which means it can activate similar psychoactive sensations.

People taking Delta-8 THC report feeling a deep body relaxation and a heady buzz without feeling anxious or nervous.

Best Way to Take Delta-8 THC

There are lots of ways to enjoy the benefits of Delta-8 THC for both medicinal and recreational purposes. Delta-8 THC is typically consumed in a vaporizer, but the distillate can also be applied to cannabis flower and joints or consumed in edibles such as Delta-8 gummies.

Delta-8 THC is perfect for those who enjoy the pleasant effects of cannabis but prefer a milder experience without as many negative side effects, like the risk of taking too much and feeling anxiety.

If you’re interested in trying Delta-8 THC you can find our favorite products at Mr Hemp Flower. We hope this article helps you to understand the difference between Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC. Who knows, this could be just the thing you needed at just the right time.

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Scott Briones
Scott was born in San Rafael, CA, home to the high school were "420" was popularized. He has been writing for more than 5 years about the cannabis industry. He loves to race his car and has just fulfilled his dream of racing at the Nurburgring in Germany

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