Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as delta-8-THC, is a cannabinoid few people have heard of. However, it is in high demand. The compound acts in a similar way to delta-9-THC but it binds to the cannabinoid receptors of the body to produce feelings of euphoria, relaxation and sedation. Delta-8-THC can be extracted from hemp or cannabis. It is popular in areas where hemp is legal, but not in those with stronger cultivars. However, the laws surrounding this compound are somewhat murky.
What is the difference between regular THC and Delta-8-THC?
THC is the cannabinoid delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-9 THC), which is responsible for most of marijuana’s psychoactive effects. Its name derives from its double-bonded ninth carbon atom in the hydrocarbon chain. This gives it the structure it needs to bond with the body’s cannabinoid receptors.
Delta-8-THC has a double bond at the eighth carbon atom in its hydrocarbon chain. This makes it similar to regular THC, but not identical. This slight structure change also makes it less able to bind with cannabinoid receptors. Therefore, delta-8-THC has less intense effects than Delta-9-THC.
Delta-8-THC is also found in lower levels than regular THC and is usually only available in extract form or as edibles.
Is Delta-8-THC a good way to get high?
It is generally agreed that Delta 8 Tincture can get you high but in a smaller amount than regular THC. Some people describe it as energizing, while others claim that it makes them more confident and outgoing.
Its mild nature means that it doesn’t cause the same anxiety and paranoia as strong cannabis. This makes it a great choice for people looking for something lighter. However, regular cannabis users may find that delta-8 THC is not the right product for them.
Delta-8-THC has received very little research. The only published paper on the topic was published in 1973. The authors found that delta-8-THC had a potency of approximately two-thirds of regular THC, though many claim it to be weaker.
Legal Status of Delta-8-THC
Delta-8-THC’s popularity can be largely attributed the Farm Bill which made hemp legal at federal level in the US in 2018. The compound can be extracted from hemp and is therefore legal in all states except those that prohibit delta-9-THC.
The DEA proposed a modification to the bill that would make synthetically produced cannabinoids unlawful. Because delta-8-THC is often synthesized from other molecules in hemp, rather than extracted from it directly, this would likely impact its legality.
The law proposal will be under review until at least the last months of 2021. At that point, a modification to it may be made. Companies are still developing and selling products that contain delta-8-THC, including hemp flowers that were sprayed with cannabinoid. This is in states where marijuana is still illegal.