What is Delta 8? | Delta 8 THC Explained

Delta 8 THC product

Have you been hearing about Delta 8 recently and wondering What is Delta 8 THC all about? 

Delta 8 or Delta 8 THC is a chemical compound that came from a Hemp plant, It has some amount of psychoactive properties associated, which is very similar to Delta 9 THC or commonly known as THC, the main psychoactive ingredient of CannabisDelta 8 is comparatively less potent than Delta 9. 

Delta 8 has been popular recently because it is currently a legal way to get High.  

In this article, we are going to explain everything you need to know about Delta 8, its effects, legalities, benefits, drawbacks, and whether you should try it or not.

Is Delta 8 THC Legal?

Delta 8 is legal in most of the states of the U.S. and many companies are promoting it as a legal means to get high.

In 2018, Congress issued a Farm bill that stated that Hemp is federally legal for sale and production in the United States, and Delta 8 is made from Hemp so it is also technically legal, but there are currently no laws that specifically state anything about Delta 8 THC.

Hemp is similar to the cannabis plant but it has less than 0.3% of THC, this is the reason that makes hemp not a psychoactive compound and legal but due to recent experiments, experts have been able to synthesize an artificial compound from it called Delta 8 THC.

Although the Delta 8 has psychoactive properties similar to traditional THC, it is much less potent, but it can still make you feel High.

The legal nature of Delta 8 had made it easily available in your local Gas Station, General Stores, Dispensaries, and Online, but 18 states have decided to restrict the sale and production of Delta 8.

The states that have restricted or banned the sale and production of Delta 8 THC are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Idaho, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, New York, Nevada, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Utah, and Vermont. 

Except for these states, Delta 8 is currently legal in the U.S.

What is the Difference Between Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC?

Delta 8 and Delta 9 both are THCs (Tetrahydrocannabinol),  while Delta 8 is an artificial compound made from Hemp, Delta 9 is the well-known THC that is found in Cannabis.

Both the THCs have some psychoactive properties associated with them, Delta 9 THC, which is the major psychoactive compound that is naturally found in Cannabis and is known to be very potent and can make you feel intense High, and if overdose, it can also cause some discomforts. While Delta 8 is artificially made from Hemp that causes mild Highs and there are currently no reported discomforts associated with it.

The chemical structure of both Delta 8 and Delta 9 is nearly similar with minor differences, but this difference is what separates them.

Delta 8 takes a long time for effects to kick in, while Delta 9 is comparatively quick to get you to feel High.

Is Delta 8 Safe?

The main concern about Delta 8 is whether it is safe for consumption or not? 

Delta 8 is a compound that can be found naturally in Hemp, but currently, it is synthesized artificially from Hemp and CBD. Like most THC products, it is not regulated by the government which means there is no guarantee about safety, purity, and quality.

However, many companies have found a safe way to synthesize Delta 8, like the C02 extraction method which is currently being used for safe Delta 8 extraction by reputed companies.  Which makes it safe for consumption.

Due to its being new in the market and its unregulated nature, we can’t say anything for certain but Delta 8 THC is not safe everywhere. Avoid purchasing Delta 8 products from an illicit brand and especially exercise caution if you are considering buying a Delta 8 THC Vape Cartridge because they have the most chances of being toxic.

If you purchase Delta 8 products from a genuine brand, they will safe for consumption.

Is Delta 8 Safe to Smoke?

More studies are needed to say anything for certain, but you can safely smoke Naturally grown Delta 8 Hemp flowers with the help of a joint, bong, or pipe, but when it comes to Delta 8 Vape cartridge, It is advised that you research the brand well before purchasing because vape cartilages, they are famous for being toxic that can cause some serious harm.

Delta 8 THC Effects

The effects of Delta 8 are fairly different from consuming cannabis which contains Delta 9 THC, but due to its being similar, the delta 8 can have the same effects. It can make you feel high, It can provide relief in Stress, Anxiety, Paranoia, Depression. It can also give you munchies, and induce sleep but its effects are a lot milder compared to typical Delta 9.

Delta 8 is the toned-down version of a typical THC.

Difference Between Delta 8 and Cannabis High?

Delta 8 can make you feel high. 

If you are a regular Cannabis smoker you might feel that the Delta 8 is not your cup of Coffee. However, a few of my friends who occasionally consume cannabis find Delta 8 more appealing because for them it is a clear, milder, and more relaxed way to get high.

The delta 8 is made up of Hemp, which is said to have less than 0.3% of THC, A typical Cannabis strain has at least 10% of THC, so you can see the difference here.

If you are someone who hasn’t tried Cannabis then you will feel the high of Delta 8 but it will not be as intoxicating as a typical Weed.

Compared to typical Weed, Delta 8 takes more time for the buzz to kick in and it generally lasts longer.

What Does Delta 8 High Feels Like?

Few of my friends have tried Delta 8, some of them were regular cannabis users while others smoke occasionally. They all have mixed thoughts on Delta‘s 8 high.

For the people who were regularly smoking weed, Delta 8 was quite a boring experience for them. However, who were occasional cannabis users actually prefer Delta 8 over Cannabis. They found delta 8 high to be more pleasant, lighter, and more energized high.

They also felt relaxed and even got munchies and red eyes but apart from that they didn’t experience any other bad effects, and overall found Delta 8 to be a better and lighter version of Delta 9 THC.

Can I Order Delta 8 Products Online?

Except for the above-mentioned states, You can order Delta 8 products online and get them delivered by mail.

It is completely legal. But make sure you check the sellers’ website if they ship to your delivery location, also thoroughly analyze the seller before buying any Delta 8 product because Delta 8 is currently not evaluated by the FDA which means there are no fixed standards that govern Delta 8 products.

However, there are many companies like Exhale Wellness and Diamond CBD that are selling Genuine Delta 8 products online that are lab tested by a third party for their authenticity. 

Does Delta 8 Show up on a Drug Test?

The chemical structure of Delta 8 is very similar to Delta 9, and the drug tests that check for Cannabis are designed to check for THCs in the body, so even if you consumed Delta 8 THC product there is a good chance that it will show up on the drug test.

While delta 8 is legal, it can make you fail the drug test because most drug tests are not advanced yet, they generally look for THC metabolites and if they find one it will show up, and Delta 8 and Delta 9 are both THCs a drug test won’t be able to distinguish between them.

Who can Use Delta 8 Products?

Delta 8 is not for everyone, It is less potent than typical Cannabis and provides you with a mild and mellow high. If you are a regular cannabis user who has high tolerance then you may not find Delta 8 appealing.

If you are someone who smokes cannabis occasionally and looking for a lighter or milder buzz then Delta 8 is perfect for you, or if you are someone who hasn’t smoked cannabis at all and is planning to try weed for the first time then Delta 8 is a good place to start.

If you are someone who thinks Weed is bad for you but you are tempted by its benefits then Delta 8 will be a better option.

Delta 8 also has medical benefits that usually come with CBD, It can provide you relief from Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia. It can also help you boost your appetite and makes you more energetic and outgoing. 

Final Thoughts

Delta 8 is a relatively new compound in the market, and it definitely helped boost the Hemp business but there is still a lot of research needed to be done in this area, Although It is currently legal in most of the states but not regulated, you need to exercise caution while purchasing delta 8 products.

It’s safe to say that, anyone who hasn’t tried Cannabis because it is illegal, can definitely explore Delta 8 THC, it is just a milder version of it.

Make sure you purchase Delta 8 from an authorized or known brand and especially exercise caution while purchasing Delta 8 cartridges or vape pens

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