Difference Between Delta-8 and Delta-9 - 4 Minute Read
Difference Between Delta-8 and Delta-9
Cannabis is a naturally occurring plant that has been growing for thousands of years, and has many different applications. This plant is full of natural cannabis compounds known as cannabinoids; which connect to receptors in our body to induce different mental and physical effects.
Traditional Delta-9 THC, or “marijuana”, is the most well-known cannabinoid, but it is not the only powerful one. Delta-8 THC is one of the four most common cannabinoids found within the plant, and is similar to traditional THC but with many key differences.
Here is a quick chemistry lesson for the unscientifically inclined (including myself). “Delta” means “double”, so both Delta-8 and Delta-9 are Double Bonds. The number signifies where that double bond is located on the atom. That is the simple chemical difference between Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC. At a subatomic level, that small difference of the location of the bond is very significant when it comes to the way it reacts with your mind and body.
Delta-8 THC can give you a psychoactive effect, but is much less potent. It would be a good comparison to say that Delta-8 THC is a nice middle ground between CBD and Delta-9 THC. At The Dispensary – Appleton we hear first-hand positive feedback from customers ranging from all demographics about positive results from Delta-8; as it provides a little more “potency” than CBD in terms of its strength, but being “less intense” than traditional Delta-9. It helps with a variety of ailments such as pain relief, appetite stimulation, nausea, and anxiety.
Under the 2018 Farm Bill hemp derived products are federally legal; as long as the products keep below the 0.3% Delta-9 THC limit. The laws clearly state that Delta-9 THC is the illegal substance derived from cannabis. (Reference this article for more discussion on legality.) This law is clear cut, and that is DELTA-9 THC is what deems a product illegal. As always, make sure you double check your products Certificate of Analysis to ensure quality and legality of your purchase! (Attached is a QR code that will show you our COA for our Delta-8 Products)
Although this puts Delta-8 in kind of a “grey-area”; this conversation really should go one way (especially considering our Wisconsin Capital just decriminalized cannabis) and that is legalization. Let’s all cross our fingers and hope for the best!