If you consume Cannabis regularly and keep up with legalization news and hot topics, then you have probably heard the term Delta 8 THC (or D8 THC) in the past few years.
In other words, I think Delta 8 THC gives the experience that the masses thought CBD would give when that first flew off of the shelves.
Although Delta 8 is psychoactive, the effects are more subdued in comparison to those of Delta 9 THC and the highs are shorter. However, when used in conjunction many users report a more intense and longer lasting high.
Delta-8 THC is federally legal in the United States but certain states have restrictions and guidelines on Delta-8 THC. These states include: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, Rhode Island, and Utah.
If you live in one of these states, do further research on how you’re able to access Delta 8 THC products. You will want the source to have the proper licensing to not violate any guidelines or restrictions.
Keep in mind, you will NOT pass a drug test using this- unlike CBD or CBG
To ease any confusion in this post I will be referring to Δ⁸ Tetrahydrocannabinol or Delta-8 THC as Delta-8, D-8 or D-8 THC & anytime I may mention Delta-9, D-9, D-9 THC, or THC I am referring to Delta-9 THC.
More on this in a minute.
So...What is it?
You have probably heard of Delta-9 TetraHydraCannabinol- this is the Cannabinoid many refer to as THC but there are more Cannabinoids. If you don’t hear “delta” or any talk of isomers relating to THC then there’s a safe bet the THC you’re used to or referring to is Delta-9.
The difference between Delta-8 and Delta-9 is that D8 has a double bond of atoms between the 8th and 9th atoms (talking molecular structure) and D9 has a double bond of atoms between the 9th and 10th atoms.
Although the discovery of Delta-8 is not new, the demand in the market over the past few years has significantly increased. This is largely due to availability not only the product but also bio-availability of ∆⁸ Tetrahydrocannabinol. Most cannabis has a very small amount of ∆⁸ THC so it takes a lot of flower to make a little bit of extract.
My favorite metaphor is if there was a Cannabinoid family. Delta 9 would be an overachieving older sibling. Some people just can’t handle them- but those who do vibe hard. Everyone looks to the older sibling for the ‘path’ or ‘guidance’ to the experience- even though they are all individuals and different in their own ways!
Delta 9’s siblings (CBD, CBG, Delta 8, and Delta 10 THC) often forget that they aren’t supposed to feel or act the same way as their predecessor. CBD and CBG are fraternal twins, they get along but go their own way and they like to explore different things. Yes, there are similarities, so if you’re only familiar with one it
can be easy to confuse the two- but once you really get to know them you’ll start to see how they can really shine on their own time. Delta 8 is the second to youngest sibling, still meeting lots of new people and not a lot of people know them- but they are so excited to see the world and get to know you! Delta 10 is a newborn- in fact not a lot of people are even familiar with the fact that it exists! Everyday there are new discoveries and advancements in Cannabis and I think this is going to be the next big boom in a few years there’s not too many labs isolating Delta-10 THC, but the ones that are, usually sell Cartridges.
Everybody is different. You just have to try them out to know which cannabinoid will affect you the best or give you your desired effects.
So How Does It Help?
Delta 8 THC is “an analogue of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic and neuroprotective properties,” as defined by the National Cancer Institute.
Delta 8 THC is also great for pain relief and relaxation. Many people use D8 just as they would CBD or even in conjunction with CBD and Delta-9.
Delta-8 THC gives a much less extreme psychotropic experience, as it doesn’t bind as fully to the Cannabinoid receptors as well as Delta-9 THC does. D8 also provides much less anxiety and little to no paranoia. If you’re a frequent Delta-9 consumer you may know what I mean when I say sometimes your high can feel fuzzy or foggy- the highs with Delta-8 are much more clear and collected.
The highs also typically last for much shorter periods of time- with most users reporting they never quite ‘break through’ into the height of what many of us associate Delta-9 highs with. Since the effects are less impairing than those of Delta-9, it is usually a much better experience for those who may not like the intense psychoactive properties and are seeking relaxation, a lighter high, or pain relief.
How Can I Incorporate this Into My Daily Life?
A better question would be: How can’t you incorporate this into your daily life?
If you prefer to stay away from combustion or vaporization you have the option of sublinguals, topicals, or gummies!
If you just want something extra to add into your sesh- grind up some flower with the rest of your stash.
If you like dabs- guess what? We carry some Delta-8 THC concentrate. You can easily take it on it’s own for a less extreme effect, but adding to any of your own concentrates is a super easy way to subtly expand your tolerance and hopefully provide a better experience for you.
Personally, my favorite way to consume D8 THC is to mix it in my grinder with CBD flower and D9 THC flower and combust to amplify my experience and stretch out my stash and session. :)
If you’re looking for a casual or convenient way to just puff or maybe you can’t combust- a cartridge might be in your cards.
It’s hard to explain how D-8 is different from THC. When I’m anxious in the morning and need a kick without the spice Delta-8 always starts me off in the right headspace. When I can’t sleep and my mind is racing, If I use D8 THC I find it much easier to slow down and take things as they come- While remaining cognitively aware and comfortable!
If you live in a state where Cannabis is not legal Delta 8 is an easy and, most importantly, completely legal alternative to Delta 9 THC.
Regardless of how you choose to try it, I hope you do and I hope it brings you relief.