What Is Delta-8 THC?

For years, Delta 9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has been in the limelight as the only psychoactive compound present in the cannabis plant. In recent times, an analog compound has come to share the stage – Delta 8 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Delta 8 THC has continued to grow in popularity especially among cannabis users that prefer to enjoy the exceptional benefits and effects of Delta 9 THC without all of the anxiety and paranoia.  

What is Delta 8 THC?

Delta 8 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a compound that is found naturally in the cannabis plant, although it is found in trace amounts unlike its close cousin, Delta 9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Delta 8 THC is gotten when THC is stored for some time. What happens is that the THC degrades into Delta 8 THC. Delta 8 is not directly produced by cannabinoid-synthesizing enzymes in the cannabis plant.

Delta 8 THC is also available in varying forms that you get to choose from depending on your preference. You get to choose from Delta 8 Gummies, Disposable Vape Pen, Terpene Blend, Distillate, and Pre Rolls. Just like CBD products, these Delta 8 THC products also feature unique bioavailability and reaction time. Delta 8 tinctures are one of the fastest ways to take the compound and they deliver strong and lasting effects although the effects may not last as long as that of Delta 8 THC edibles. 

Is Delta 8 THC The Same As Delta 9 THC?

One major difference between the two compounds is in their molecular structure, particularly in the placement of the double bond. Rather than having the double bond on the 9th carbon chain like in Delta 9 THC, Delta 8 THC has the double bond on the 8th carbon chain. This difference is responsible for the unique effect that Delta 8 TRC has on the endocannabinoid receptors. This difference is what is responsible for the clearer high and reduced anxiety that you get to enjoy when you consume Delta 8 THC. 

Both Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC have similar properties ranging from stimulating appetite, alleviating pain, and reducing nausea but Delta 8 THC contains over half of the psychoactive potency of Delta 9 THC, so it is a great choice for cannabis users that find Delta-9 too intense to enjoy. Delta 8 THC is perfect for you if you are looking for a short uplifting feeling without getting too sedated. It is also perfect if you want to try out the effects of Delta 9 THC without having to dive into a full-on experience. 

How Does Delta 8 THC Work?

Just like CBD and most other cannabinoids, Delta 8 THC works with your endocannabinoid system to deliver its exceptional benefits and effects. It binds to the CB1 receptors that are found in the central nervous system. These receptors are responsible for mediating most of the psychotropic effects of THC in the body. Delta 8 THC also has an affinity for CB2 receptors. 

Is It Legal to Consume Delta 8 THC? 

Even though the legality of Delta 8 THC is debatable, Delta 8 THC is still considered legal to a large extent. The 2018 Farm Bill stated that hemp-derived cannabinoids are considered hemp and not controlled substances. This made way for naturally-occurring cannabinoids like Delta 8 THC to be legalized federally for both manufacture, distribution, and sale. 

Bottom Line

One thing to look out for when considering a high-quality and safe Delta 8 THC product is the percentage of Delta 9 THC in the mixture. Superstrain manufactures all of their Delta 8 THC products with 0.3% or less of Delta-9 THC so you do not experience any of its intense effects. Also, before delving into Delta 8 THC, make sure to talk to a doctor so you get the best dosage and the best possible form to consume to yield the best results. 

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