Delta-8 THC is on the cutting edge of the cannabis world. After finding its way through a clever legal loophole, Delta-8 is here to introduce a slew of the same benefits as traditional (and still illegal) Delta-9 THC, all at a much more potent level than smoking CBD hemp flower.
What is Delta-8? Delta-9 THC stems from THCA, the THC that is actually in cannabis flowers. THCA is decarboxylated into THC over time in the plant, or through application of heat. This process means that a CO2 molecule is dropped, thus turning it into the Delta-9 THC that we associate with getting high and feeling better. A small percentage of the Delta-9 THC will oxidize to become Delta-8 THC, which is considered an analogue of Delta-9 THC. What’s the main difference? Delta-8 has a double bond on the 8th carbon atom, and Delta-9 on the 9th one.
For those transitioning away from traditional Delta-9 THC cannabis who are unable to reap as many benefits from smoking CBD, Delta-8 may be the answer! Unlike CBD hemp flower, Delta-8 is psychoactive akin to its older brother Delta-9. However, Delta-8 packs less of a punch to the mind while still being able to offer a soothing body high and state of relaxation.