What is Delta 8 & Delta 9 THC?
Delta-8 is a cannabis compound that has become increasingly popular due to its similarity to Delta-9 THC, the main psychoactive compound in cannabis (coming from the cannabis plant), and is generally refered to as THC. Delta 9 THC isn’t found in raw cannabis, rather it’s made through a process called decarboxylation (heating cannabis flower), THCa which is non-psychotoxic (won’t make you feel high) undergoes a chemical reaction and turns into Delta 9 THC which then becomes psychotoxic (will make you feel high).
Delta-8, like Delta-9 (regular THC), binds to the body’s endocannabinoid system, which can give you a high feeling. Chemically speaking, Delta-8 and Delta-9 are similar in that they both have a double bond in their structures. This is what is thought to produce the intoxicating effects, or the feeling of a high. The two THCs are however different chemically as it relates to theplacement of the double bond. Both cannabinoids have a chain of carbon atoms - Delta-8 having the double bond on the eighth carbon, Delta-9 double bond is on the ninth carbon.
Aside from the high feeling, or “chilling out”, some benefits of THC include appetite stimulation and nausea reduction, pain relief, mood enhancement, euphoria, sedation, and neuroprotection. Some side effects if taken in high doses include things such as dry mouth, red eyes, light-headedness, dizziness, paranoia, increased heart rate, and of course the well known increased appetite (the munchies).
Both Delta-8 & Delta-9, although similar as it pertains to possible benefits and side effects, current research shows Delta-8 seems to be about half as potent as Delta-9.
Are these products Legal?
The amount of any type of THC, whether Delta 8, Delta 9 or some other type, is regulated to be no greater than 0.3 percent and extracted from either hemp or cannabis. See 2018 farm bill. Although legal, it is not available for purchase in the following states:
Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, and Washington.
Note: Delta-8, & Delta-9 THC products have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA for safe use in any context. Not intended for use by anyone under the age of 21 without adult supervision. Do not use if you are pregnant or nursing. Consult your physician prior to use if you are taking any medications. If any adverse reactions occur, discontinue use and consult your doctor. These products contain a total THC concentration that does not exceed 0.3% on a dry-weight basis. The use of this product could cause you to fail a drug test.
DO NOT exceed the recommended serving.
DO NOT operate machinery, drive a car or otherwise do anything where motor function is a requirement for safety.