About Delta 8 THC
Delta 8 THC is a recently emerged cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. Its popularity today is due to its similarity to delta 9 THC, also known as familiar THC. Aside from sharing a common name, both are almost similar in chemical structure except for a few atomic bonds.
The main difference is that delta 8 THC is produced mainly from federally legal hemp-derived CBD, while delta 9 THC comes from the marijuana plant. Both hemp and marijuana refer to the same species of plant. But, under federal law, hemp refers to cannabis Sativa that contains 0.3% THC or lower. Marijuana refers to the cannabis plant that has a concentration of more than 0.3% THC.
Benefits of Delta 8 THC
Delta 8 is a relatively new cannabinoid that has entered the legal market. Although there have been several studies on CBD and THC, not much scientific research on delta eight and other cannabinoids can be found. Nevertheless, here are the most common benefits taken from anecdotal evidence:
- Mild clear-headed high
- May enhance concentration and focus
- May provide a feeling of comfort, relaxation, and calmness
Delta 8 provides a delightful feeling. Most users report that they have a highly uplifting experience when they take the cannabinoid. It brings relief, peacefulness, and calmness. Some users even report experiencing a levitating feeling, as if all their heavy burdens have been removed from them.
Each person is different. Hence, you may experience the high differently. Some can get high with a bit of D8, while others consume more to feel any effects. If it is your first time taking the product, you can start by eating edibles. Gummies are the most popular D8 edibles today. As soon as you consume the gummy, it will take at least 60-90 minutes for the effects to kick in.
Make sure that you buy delta eight products from trusted and licensed dispensaries. You do not want to eat something that is not regulated. For your safety, you should only consume lab-tested products.
At CannaClear, our delta eight products are tested for safety, potency, and safety. Every legal cannabis producer is bound by law to ensure the safety of their products. This is not something you get from the illicit market.
Delta 8 THC vs Delta 9 THC
The tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that we are all familiar with is the more common delta 9 THC. It is the most potent active ingredient found in the marijuana plant. It is also the most popular cannabinoid on the market because of the euphoric high it induces in users.
Delta 8 THC has almost the same properties as delta 9. While it is derived mainly from non-psychoactive CBD, it can lead you to experience a high that is somewhat less potent than that of delta 9. Nevertheless, the high is straightforward and does not make you anxious, a common adverse effect of delta 9.
On the Legality of Delta 8 THC
The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, more commonly known as the 2018 Farm Bill, provides that hemp and hemp products are legal. This bill excludes hemp from the definition of marijuana. As long as a Cannabis Sativa plant contains no more than 0.3% THC, it is considered hemp. If it has more than 0.3%, then it is marijuana.
Delta 8 THC is a derivative of hemp and an isomer of CBD characterized by its numerous therapeutic benefits. Even though the Farm Bill does not mention delta 8 THC explicitly, it can be inferred that its production is legal as long as it does not contain more than 0.3% delta 9 THC on a dry weight basis.
Although federal law implies that delta 8 is legal, local laws affect the legality of the cannabinoid. Today, delta 8 is illegal in the following states:
- New York
- Rhode Island
Always check with state laws from time to time as the legality of the cannabinoid may change depending on the vote of local legislators.