What is Delta-8 THC?

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Have you heard about another psychoactive ingredient of cannabis that has exploded in popularity? The popularity of Delta-8 THC is on the rise as you can get delta 8 infused gummies, vape cartridges, and other products from tobacco shops and cannabis dispensaries. Unlike CBD, delta-8 produces euphoria but is milder than delta-9-THC. Typically, delta-8 is an isomer of psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol. One significant difference between both is the location of the double bond in their chemical structure. 

People plugged into the cannabis world may be aware that cannabis enthusiasts tout delta-8 THC as Marijuana Lite. Most people are trying it because it is stronger than CBD. But if you don’t have tried CBD products, you may find it a bit confusing. Well, fret not!

Below we will dive deeper into delta-8, its potential, similarities with delta-9, and other aspects. Keep reading, If you are worried about whether to try it or not and is it legal.

Delta-8 THC

Delta-8 is a minor cannabinoid that occurs naturally in tiny amounts in the hemp plant. It is pretty similar to delta-9 THC – a compound that produces a high. 

Delta-9 THC and Delta-8 THC possess three rings of carbon, a long tail, and psychoactive effects. Only a slight difference in the chemical structure make delta-8 THC less potent than delta-9. Both cannabinoids bind with the endocannabinoid system to produce therapeutic effects. However, delta-8 binds in a slightly different manner because of its double bond location. More research is necessary to understand how delta-8 interacts with the endocannabinoid system.

Is Delta-8 THC Legal?

Before trying any cannabis-derived product, it is crucial to check the legality. When it comes to delta-8 legality, it is a murky and constantly evolving story. Most US states have legalized cannabis products for both medical and adult recreational purposes. 

The legality of hemp-derived delta-8 is a bit complicated as:

The Farm Bill 2018 legalized hemp-derived product that contains less than 0.3% THC. It produces a loophole for delta-8 products to be legal as long as they come from the hemp plant. However, the bill has not mentioned the licit concentration of delta-8 THC.

As stated earlier that delta-8 does not naturally occur in large amounts in the hemp plant; manufacturers of delta-8 products made delta-8 THC by converting CBD or THC into delta-8 synthetically. 

Additionally, some state laws strictly prohibit the use and possession of both delta-8 and delta-9 products. Its synthetic production from illegal delta-9 THC made it a controversial substance. If you want to try delta-8 THC products, remember to check your state laws. Delta-8 THC sits in a grey area, as the farm bill does not mention Delta-8 anywhere. 

Will Delta-8 Get You High?

The short answer is yes; you can feel the psychoactive effects from delta-8 but not in the same manner as delta-9. Delta-8 will produce mellow and mild buzz. However, many users report relaxed, calm, and clear-headed effects with delta-8 consumption.

People who have experienced the euphoric effects of delta-9 THC can easily distinguish the lighter effects of delta-8. Generally, delta-8 consumers experience mild euphoria, uplifting feelings, and relief from pain symptoms. 

Some potential risks of delta-8 are:

  • red eyes
  • dry mouth
  • rapid heart rate
  • trouble with coordination
  • slowed reaction times
  • anxiety
  • memory loss

If you are taking any prescribed medications and want to add delta-8 products into your wellness routine, be sure to consult your healthcare professional. Delta-8 is a fairly new cannabinoid, do your research before taking it.

How Do You Take Delta-8?

Similar to CBD, you can get a variety of delta-8 products. However, the most widely and well-accepted products are edibles, such as gummies. Pick a delta-8 product that suits your preference and take it to experience the effects. 

Some delta-8 infused products include:

  • Gummies
  • Ointments
  • Wax
  • Vape Juice
  • CBD Oil
  • Creams and Lotions
  • Tinctures

When buying a delta-8 product, be sure to check the product label as some vendors may confuse CBD products with delta-8. If you are a beginner, start with a simple product and lower doses of delta-8 to achieve the desirable effects. 

You can buy delta-8 products from:

  • Convenience stores
  • Vape shops
  • Cannabis dispensaries
  • Online stores

One noticeable thing is that there is no quality control for these products, so purchase them from highly reputable brands. 

Delta-8 THC FAQs

1. Is Delta-8 the same as THC?

Delta-8 and delts-9 THC possess similar molecular structures but different chemical structures. Dissimilarity of chemical structure results in the production of milder effects than delta-9 THC.

2. Is Delta-8 the same as CBD?

Delta-8 and CBD are cannabinoids of the cannabis plant, but delta-8 is closely related to delta-9 THC. Delta-9 THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol is the primary psychoactive ingredient of the cannabis plant that produces a high. However, CBD is a non-psychoactive and non-intoxicant cannabinoid. 

CBD doesn’t produce any euphoria or paranoia associated with delta-8 and delta-9 THC.

3. Is Delta-8 Safe?

Currently, FDA has not regulated any cannabis-derived product. Moreover, there is a lack of research studies and evidence that prove the safety of delta-8. You may experience some side effects like:

  • Numbness
  • Drowsiness
  • Anxiety

If you experience any side effects from delta-8 use, tell your doctor immediately.

4. Will you test positive for THC?

Typically, it depends as a drug test looks for the trace of delta-9. Currently, the urine drug test cannot differentiate between cannabinoids. You can avoid taking delta-8 products if your drug test is ahead.


Delta-8 may be an effective alternative to delta-9 THC for people who want lighter effects. To better understand the less potent effects of delta-8, more research is essential. 

Additionally, it may be challenging to find your desired delta-8 product due to their poorly regulated market. Whenever you begin your delta-8 journey, be sure to opt for delta-8 products in your cannabis search. Look for high-quality, trusted, and well-reviewed companies to shop cannabis products. Once you find a comfortable consumption method, stick to it. And figure out an optimal dosage to experience balanced effects.

Michael Levin is a CBD enthusiast, a researcher, writer and editor in the cannabis space, experienced CBD user and educator. He believes CBD can help improve our overall health and wellbeing.

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