What Is Delta 8 THC?

In a short amount of time, Δ8 THC has gained a lot of popularity, but where does it come from, what is it, and is it legal? These are just a few of the common questions that people have about Delta 8 THC. In the following article, we’ll attempt to answer all these questions and more as we explain about Delta 8 THC. 

Delta 8 THC is one of over one hundred different cannabinoids found in both the hemp and cannabis plants. The unique thing about Delta 8 THC is that it’s only found in minuscule amounts in the plant's flowers. Both Delta 8 and Delta 9 interact with the Cb1 receptors located in the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) to produce a similar, but not exactly the same effect.  Being similar doesn’t mean that they’re exactly the same, and in the next section, we’ll take a closer look at the differences between these two cannabinoids.

What’s the Difference Between Δ8 and Δ9 THC?

To give you a little chemistry background, ‘delta’ refers to the double bond. The difference between Delta 8 and Delta 9 is where that double bond is located. The number refers to where the double bond is located within the chain of atoms.  That’s the chemical difference between the two cannabinoids. The effects of the two are remarkably similar. Many people that have tried Delta 8 THC have spoken about the effects being similar to Delta 9 THC without the anxiety and paranoia.

Is Δ8 THC Legal?

According to the 2018 US Farm Bill, products derived from hemp, which contain less than 0.3% THC, are legal at a federal level. However, it’s up to individual states to comply with this legislation. Most states have adopted this format for hemp products. Therefore, Delta 8 THC, which has been extracted from hemp, is legal at a federal level. However, it currently exists in a legal grey area.
If the Delta 8 THC has been extracted from cannabis plants at a federal level, it would still be considered a Schedule 1 narcotic under the Controlled Substances Act.

However, if cannabis products are legal in your state, then Delta 8 THC would be considered legal. The legality of Delta 8 THC depends on where you live and the laws in your state, and it’s essential that you check this before purchasing any Delta 8 THC products.

Δ8 THC – Conclusion

Only small amounts of Delta 8 exist in any hemp or cannabis plant, and it requires a substantial amount of extraction and processing before any saleable amounts are recovered. We’re still learning a lot about this exciting cannabinoid, and it’s important to check the law in your state or country before purchasing Delta 8 THC. If you have any questions, then please don’t hesitate to contact us directly.