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Delta 8 vs Delta 9: What to Know

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Once the 2018 Farm Bill got passed, farmers started to grow more hemp, creating a booming CBD industry. Today, hemp manufacturers are creating an isolated version of CBD from hemp to make Delta-8 THC, a minor cannabinoid found in the cannabis sativa plant. Delta-8 THC isn’t for everybody, and yet it’s potent qualities, fair price point, and ability to provide enduring relief make it very popular among a lot of people who buy cannabis products.

On a chemical level, there is at least one major difference between Delta-8 THC and Delta-9 THC, which explains the distinct effects they create. On top of that, both cannabinoids are handled differently under US federal law. Knowing the differences between the two cannabinoids may help you have a more rewarding legal cannabis experience.

The major chemical difference between Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC is that Delta 8 THC holds a double bond on the eighth carbon atom in its molecular structure, whereas Delta 9 contains a double bond on the ninth carbon atom.

That slight chemical difference makes them capable of creating important changes in the form of physical effects and brain chemistry.

The truth is that Delta 9 and Delta 8 both offer a different value.

Delta 9 THC is the cannabinoid that most marijuana users are looking for when they want to feel “high”. Also known as “Δ9-THC”, it is one of the main mood-altering, psychoactive cannabinoids responsible for feelings of happiness and elation.

Delta 8 THC produces milder psychoactive effects in higher doses, though they are not as powerful as Delta 9 THC’s. Delta 8 users may be searching for the healing powers of this form of THC, like pain relief, anti-depressant qualities, reduced inflammation, and relief from poor sleep and sleepless nights.

Extracting Delta 8 found in hemp plant material and harvesting enough raw plant material to profit off the low levels of Delta 8 isn’t sustainable. Instead, extraction companies extract and then reduce Delta 8 from the raw plant material by taking CBD isolate and converting it into pure Delta 8. 

Delta-8 THC and other cannabinoids derived from hemp are legal under the 2018 Farm Bill. Delta-9 THC, often referred to simply as THC, is the most abundant psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana and remains federally illegal, classified as a Schedule I controlled substance.

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