What is the difference between Delta-8 THC and Delta-9 THC?
To understand the difference, let us first have a brief look at how cannabinoids are synthesized.
Natural chemical reactions, including isomerization, oxidation, and decarboxylation are used to produce cannabinoids such as CBD, Delta 8, and Delta 9 THC.
And during these processes, several enzymes are involved which help in converting CBGA into acidic forms of cannabinoids, Delta-9 THC (the popular one), and Delta-8 THC (newer version).
- Delta-8 THC: Compressed CBD
- Delta-9 THC: Marijuana
Only a few atomic bonds make Delta-9 different from Delta-8 THC. You might have seen that both this THC begin with Delta? What does this delta mean, it refers to a double bond.
This means both Delta 8 and 9 contain double bonds, the only difference is the location of the double bond.
Chemistry, huh, where a simple difference may make a big deal on how cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid system. In comparison with Delta-9-THC, Delta-8-THC is considered to be more stable. Besides that, the latter possesses a longer shelf-life.
Identical to Delta-9 THC, Delta-8 THC binds to CB1 receptors, despite that due to altered molecular structure, both compounds exhibit different affinity for CB receptors.
This clearly explains why Delta-8 THC has a lesser psychotropic effect associated with its intake. Also, it offers a better ability to focus on and reduced anxiety symptoms.
However, Delta-9-THC is the primary form of THC found in the cannabis plant, only a minimal trace of delta 8 exists naturally.
Will Delta-8-THC get me high?
Yes, the effects of Delta-8-THC vary from person to person. However, its average experience can be explained as a combination of the best parts of Delta-9 THC and CBD. Some of the key effects of Delta-8:
- Mood Booster
- Better Sleep
- Lesser paranoia and anxiety
- Less nauseous
How do you take Delta-8-THC?
- Vape (cart/disposable) form
- Edible form (mainly gummies)