What is Delta 8?

Due to the ever-increasing legality of the Hemp and Cannabis business there are new discoveries constantly. The most recent discovery that’s gained substantial attention is delta 8 thc. 

What is Delta 8? 

As defined by the National Cancer Institute, “[Delta 8 is] an analogue of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties. Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-8-THC) binds to the cannabinoid G-protein coupled receptor CB1, located in the central nervous system.” In simpler terms this means that delta 8 provides the same benefits as delta 9 THC, except it is less psychoactive. 

How is it made? 

Delta 8 THC occurs naturally in both Hemp and Cannabis flowers. However, it only is produced in small amounts. For this reason most delta 8 is converted from either CBD or delta 9 THC. For this to be possible either CBD or delta 9 must be extracted. Once this step is complete it is added to an acid where the reaction occurs. Afterwards the solution has alkaline material added to neutralize the acid. The final step is then distilling the delta 8 out so that it is a pure solution with no acids or alkaline materials left. 

Delta 8 THC vs. Delta 9 THC

The only difference on the molecular size between delta 8 thc and delta 9 thc is the location of a double bond in the carbon chain. This small difference is what allows delta 8 thc to be legal in most US states, while delta 9 thc is not. Furthermore, it allows delta 8 thc to produce a less potent psychoactive active effect that is identical to delta 9 thc. 

Delta 8 vs. CBD 

While delta 8 thc and CBD are both cannabinoids they are extremely different. For starters they affect the human brain in completely different ways. Delta 8 thc tends to binds to the CB1 receptor of the brain while CBD has a low affinity to bind to either the CB1 or CB2 receptors. CBD actually prevents the binding of cannabinoids to your CB1 and CB2 receptors. Another big difference between delta 8 thc and CBD is that delta 8 thc is psychoactive, but CBD is not. This means that delta 8 will provide a euphoric c or high sensation while CBD will not. 

Medical Benefits 

Taking from the National Cancer Institute’s statement on delta 8 thc it can aid with symptoms of nausea or vomiting, reduce anxiety, stimulate appetite, provide pain relief, and help preserve neuronal structure and/or function. 


Delta 8 is currently legal in the United States with an exception of 11 states. Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, Rhode Island, and Utah have all banned delta 8 thc. 

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