Delta-8 THC has been growing in popularity over the past couple years. A promising alternative to delta-9 THC, it is the fourth most common active compound in cannabis. Closely related to delta-9 THC, delta-8 is a kinder, gentler option.
Is this cannabinoid too good to be true? Here’s what we currently know about the legality and effects of this incredible cannabinoid.
What is Delta-8 THC?
Delta-8 is considered a minor cannabinoid, along with CBG, CBN, and CBC. Like delta-9 THC, delta-8 has been found to interact directly with CB1 and CB2 receptors in our bodies, providing similar effects to the more well-known psychoactive cannabinoid. The main known difference between delta-8 and delta-9 comes down to the location of a few atomic bonds. Even though Delta 8 THC only exists naturally in very small amounts, it can also be produced by converting CBD or delta-9 THC by heat, solvents, or altering the PH of the environment.
Will Delta-8 get me high?
Yes. Delta-8 THC is intoxicating, just like delta-9 THC. It is psychoactive and may cause drowsiness and dizziness. Do not use while driving or operating heavy machinery.
There are some subtle differences that users report on the effects of delta-8 and delta-9. Some users describe it as “semi-sedative” without much mental stimulation. Many delta-8 users report that they don’t feel the paranoia or dizziness often associated with delta-9 THC. This may be due to the fact that delta-8 has a lower psychotropic potency, as the difference in molecular structure causes delta-8 to bind differently to CB1 receptors. These receptors play an important part of the endocannabinoid system and regulate most of the psychotropic effects of THC. It may also be possible that delta-8 impacts the other receptors and neural pathways directly.