What is THC Delta 8? If you use Cannabidiol (CBD) therapeutics, you will know that most legally have to contain less than 0.03% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). However, what you might not know, is that analogs of THC exist which are both legal and safe to use therapeutically.

THC Delta 8 is the most popular legal THC analog currently on the market. Here, we’ll look at why this is. We’ll also look at how people use THC Delta 8 to promote better well-being.

What is THC Delta 8?

THC Delta 8 is almost identical in terms of chemical composition to THC Delta 9. (Commonly known as is the most psychoactive cannabinoid found in regular cannabis.) However, THC Delta 8 lacks some of the atomic bonds found in THC Delta 9 and promotes a very different kind of cannabis high.

Often, people who use THC Delta 8 describe its effects as similar to those of regular THC, just without THC side-effects like anxiety and paranoia. However, people don’t use THC Delta 8 to get high. Instead, THC Delta 8 is used by people to stimulate appetite, elevate mood, and even mitigate pain.

  • THC Delta 8 shares the same analgesic properties as THC Delta 9. However, using THC Delta 8 does not result in paranoia or an intense cannabis high.
  • Research suggests that THC Delta 8 may have neuroprotective properties that may make it beneficial for Alzheimer’s, ALS, and Parkinson sufferers.
  • Pairing THC Delta 8 with regular CBD seems to enhance the therapeutic efficacy of CBD itself, through what is commonly known as the ‘entourage effect.’

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How is THC Delta 8 Different from THC Delta 9

In regular cannabis, THC Delta 9 is formed through what is called decarboxylation. This is where tetrahydrocannabinolic acid in cannabis is exposed to heat.

By comparison, THC Delta 8 is formed when THC Delta 9 itself starts to degrade. This means that THC Delta 8 only occurs in tiny amounts in hemp and cannabis biomass. As a result, THC Delta 8 is quite costly to produce.

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Does THC Delta 8 Make You High?

Does THC Delta 8 make you high? The simple answer is yes. As a result, it is not advisable to use THC Delta 8 when working, driving, or on the go. However, people who use THC Delta 8 typically report highs as being 50% less intense than regular THC highs.

A THC Delta 8 high is also usually described as euphoric and uplifting as opposed to anxiety or paranoia-inducing. However, it is important to note that some people still report high sensations as being comfortable. 

THC Delta 8 Benefits and Uses

Often, THC Delta 8 being high inducing is enough to deter many users. However, many people also believe that the therapeutic benefits of THC Delta 8 far outweigh potential side-effects.  

As a rule, the analgesic properties of THC Delta 8 are far superior to those of regular CBD. This is thanks to the fact that THC Delta 8 binds directly to G-proteins coupled with CB1 endocannabinoid receptors in the central nervous system. (By, comparison, CBD only stimulates these endocannabinoid receptors.)

Research also shows that THC Delta 8 may be able to help alleviate symptoms of insomnia, sleep apnea, nausea, and intraocular inflammation in glaucoma sufferers. This makes THC Delta 8 particularly popular among chronic pain sufferers and people undergoing chemotherapy.

Is THC Delta 8 Legal?

Despite being a near-identical analog of regular THC, THC Delta 8 that is sourced from hemp is 100% legal. However, being legal does come with a few caveats. While it is legal to buy and use THC Delta 8 therapeutically, doing so may result in users failing drug screenings required by employers or law enforcement officials. This is due to THC Delta 8 resulting in the creation of the same metabolites in urine that are formed after using regular cannabis. As a result, it is not advisable to use THC Delta 8 if failing a drug screening may adversely affect your employment.