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There is a distinct buzz of excitement surrounding delta 8 THC and if you’ve only just come across it, then we can only imagine how curious you are to learn more.
In fact, you probably have a few questions running around in your head right now. So, stick with us as we tell you everything you need to know about this increasingly popular compound.
- What is delta 8 THC?
- How is delta 8 THC different from delta 9 THC?
- Does delta 8 THC make you high?
A Different Kind of THC
Delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol, the stuff that gets you high when smoking cannabis, is often simply referred to as THC, so it’s no wonder that (with THC in its name) delta 8 THC is turning a lot of heads…
What is Delta 8 THC?
Like delta 9 THC, delta 8 (D8 or Δ8) is one of over 100 different cannabinoids that can be found in cannabis plants and hemp plants (difference between cannabis and hemp). Delta 8 THC is an analog of delta 9 THC, which means that it shares a similar molecular structure. The main difference comes down to the location of a specific bond between the atoms that make up THC molecules. Delta-8 has the double bond on the 8th carbon and delta-9 has a double bond on the 9th carbon in the chain.
It also has similar effects and therapeutic properties, binding itself to the CB1 cannabinoid receptors found in your central nervous system.
This means that D8 produces some of the same psychoactive effects that cannabis does, only less potent.
You can find delta-8 THC as infused CBD gummies, tinctures, and even sprayed CBD buds and pre-rolls. Some vendors now use classic strains like Lifter, Sour Space Candy and Bubba Kush and spray it with delta-8 THC to create a cannabis-like experience.
How is Delta 8 THC Different from Delta 9 THC?
Delta 8 THC is often referred to as simply “delta 8” to help differentiate it from the more commonly known form of THC (delta 9). And it’s important that the differentiation is made because these compounds, although similar, do differ hugely in two areas; potency and legality.
The effects of both of these forms of THC are fairly similar, but delta 8 is nowhere near as potent as its highly intoxicating sister cannabinoid. You can read more about how delta 8 makes you feel below.
Unlike delta 9, you can buy delta 8 THC online and you may also find it for sale in your local head shop. However, the legality surrounding delta 8 THC is somewhat murky, to say the least, and depends on whether you’re looking at it from a state or federal level.
Delta 8 is technically legal at the federal level, as long as it’s been extracted from hemp and not cannabis, thanks to the 2018 Hemp Farming Act. This Act explicitly excludes any tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) found in hemp from Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act.
However, 11 states have banned it outright by declaring that all forms of THC are considered schedule 1 substances. These 11 states include Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, Rhode Island, and Utah (updated April 2021).
However, despite the somewhat hazy legality and lower potency, the demand for delta-8 products is exploding, especially in states where cannabis products remain illegal.
It should also be noted that it took years of work for hemp to get declassified as a schedule 1 drug and much of the legislative convincing was made around the non-intoxicating nature of hemp compared to cannabis. The boom of delta-8 THC sales around the nation now puts that work in jeopardy which is why some reputable CBD companies stay away from selling D9 all together.
Does delta 8 THC make you feel high?
At the end of the day, D8 is a form of THC and it can make you feel high.
But if you’re wondering if delta 8 is going to make YOU feel high, then the answer will ultimately depend upon how much of it you’re going to take, as well as your current tolerance level to delta 9 THC.
Some people actually prefer delta 8 over delta 9 because of its milder and smoother high while others (often big marijuana consumers) claim that D8 has no effect on them at all.
According to MIC.com, Delta 8 THC is pretty much 50% as potent as delta 9 THC. This means that you would need to consume twice as much D8 as you would D9 to experience the same high.
So does delta 8 THC get you high? Yes, it can give you a very real and intoxicating high so you should never operate heavy machinery or drive while on D8. However, the actual potency of the high will vary from person to person depending on their previous THC experience.
So what does delta 8 feel like?
If you smoke or take THC (delta 9) with some regularity, then delta 8 isn’t going to make you feel as high as you’re used to. Regular cannabis users report feeling a slight head buzz after vaping it or eating D8 edibles, but there is a general consensus that it doesn’t really hit the spot. They would, however, buy delta 8 if they couldn’t get hold of any delta 9 THC. Matched gram for gram, you’ll be lucky to feel half as high as usual.
However, for new and infrequent users, well, that’s a different story. With zero tolerance to THC and unfamiliar with the euphoria and buzz that comes with it, these users report feeling much higher after taking D8.
A study reports people feel “buzzed”, uplifted, and relaxed with some pain relief. They were more chatty and animated than usual, and sometimes experienced an increase in appetite. You are not likely to experience fits of giggles or being overcome with paranoia or anxiety, so there does seem to be a distinct difference between the delta 8 and delta 9 high, with delta 8 offering a milder and more manageable psychotropic effects.
Side-effects of D8 THC
Apart from having giving a mellow high, D8 products have some side-effects in common with marijuana. You may find that you experience a pretty significant dry-mouth and red eyes. Like with any new substance, we recommend that you start low and increase your dose to get a feeling for how your body reacts with the compound. You are also advised to start with gummies and tinctures because vape carts and flower hit hard and fast and have known issues with testing “hot” (over .3% D9 THC).
Delta 8 appears to be on of the minor cannabinoids that is bridging a wide gap between the subtle effects of hemp products and not-so-subtle effects of THC, making it a great option for those looking for something in between.
If you can’t get hold of delta 9 THC in your area or if the buzz is too racy for your liking, then you might enjoy the smoother effects of delta 8 instead. Delta 8 THC is already available in the form of delta 8 gummies and edibles, but if you prefer smoking then you can also buy delta 8 THC carts and sprayed flower.
Alternatively, you can mix your delta 9 THC with our top-shelf CBD flower to customize your high and tailor each experience to suit your needs. That is how many of our customers like to smoke unicorns.