Delta-8 has become a popular alternative to Delta-9 in recent years. After the 2018 Farm Bill passed, companies like Delta Xtracts began researching the best way to extract and process Delta-8 THC from Hemp plants. Since then, there have been a lot of questions around the differences between Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC so we are here to answer those for you!

What is THC?

Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is one of the cannabinoids found in Cannabis and is known for its psychoactive effects. When you think about the “high” often associated with cannabis, you are most likely referring to how THC is interacting with the endocannabinoid system in your body.

The human body includes a complex system called the endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for regulating and balancing our state of mind and body. It controls things such as pain, inflammation, sex drive, and even appetite. There are multiple receptors in the endocannabinoid system, but THC binds to the CB1 and CB2 receptors. The CB1 and CB2 receptors are located in our nervous system but serve different functions.

The CB1 receptor is known for blissful mood changes, while the CB2 receptor is known for its ability to relax the body without impairing mental awareness.

What is Delta-9 THC?

Delta-9 THC is a naturally occurring cannabinoid in cannabis plants. Delta-9 is commonly referred to as just THC, so when you read about the effects or benefits of THC, they are often referring to Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol. When Delta-9 binds to our receptors, the effects can be quite strong as the potency and concentration of Delta 9 in the plants is much higher than Delta-8 – in fact, that is the reason that the 2018 Farm Bill specified that if you want to grow hemp or make cannabis-based products legally, the THC levels have to be at 0.3% or less. The bill refers to Delta-9 THC. Because this type of THC is only found in marijuana (not hemp) plants, the Delta-8 industry is currently focused on hemp extraction.

What is Delta-8 THC?

Delta-8 THC naturally occurs in both hemp and marijuana plants, but only in trace amounts naturally. Cannabinoids from hemp can be converted to Delta-8 THC. Isomerization is the scientific process used to extract Delta-8 from hemp plants, however, due to the small amount in each plant, converting cannabinoids to Delta-8 has become the most popular method for creating these products. Delta-8 tends to bind to the CB2 receptor, which can be found in our organs and extremities like our immune system or digestive tract. This cannabinoid is increasing in popularity because of its less potent and more approachable nature.

What’s the difference between Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC?

Technically speaking, the differences between Delta-8 and Delta-9 are their chemical bonds – Delta-9 has a double carbon bond on the ninth carbon chain and Delta-8 has a double carbon bond on the eighth carbon chain. The main noticeable differences are the potency and effects that each one has.

Delta-8 THC is rumored to have less risk of anxiety and paranoia, especially during the onset, because it tends to be a more gradual lift than Delta-9.

Delta-8 THC Delta-9 THC
Found in trace amounts in Hemp and Marijuana Plants Found in concentrated amounts in Marijuana plants
Gradual and slow onset Quick and intense onset
Subtle effects with a low possibility of inducing anxiety or paranoia Improper dosing can lead to an increase in anxiety and paranoia
Primarily found in gummies and vape cartridges The flower itself can be smoked and is available in more forms
Not available medically Available medically

Delta-8 is a great alternative to Delta 9, especially for people who are looking for sustained creativity and functionality without the full effects of Delta-9 THC.

At Delta Xtracts, we extract from hemp plants, which makes our products federally legal under the 2018 Farm Bill. While each state gets to decide on the legality of Delta-8 products, we do ship to all states that currently allow Delta-8 products and sales.

Ready to see why Delta-8 is taking the market by storm?

Delta-8 THC is quickly increasing in popularity due to its legality under the 2018 Farm Bill, its subtle effects, and onset time. Whether you are a long-time cannabis user or new to the market, there is no denying that Delta-8 just might be the next best thing in your daily lineup. Delta Xtracts offers disposable pens, vape cartridges, and gummies and our customers rave about the quality and consistency of our products! If you are ready to learn more about Delta-8 THC or how you can incorporate it into your business, please reach out to our wholesale team for more information.

If you are curious about the quality of our products, check out our Certification of Analysis, FDA Disclosure, and legal information here.

Delta Xtracts offers the best Delta-8 products on the market and they are ready to introduce you to the “next big thing”!