What is Delta-8 THC & What Does it Do?

Most cannabis consumers are familiar with THC, the psychoactive chemical within cannabis plants that produces the famous “high” that is associated with smoking or eating edibles. Indeed, many cannabis enthusiasts with high tolerance primarily seek out THC content when selecting which strain they want to purchase. However, the general public may not be familiar with the THC variant known as Delta-8 THC, which is making waves in the cannabis market right now. 

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What is Delta-8 THC?

Delta-8 THC is closely linked to regular THC. That is because what we commonly think of as just “THC” is actually Delta-9 THC. The major differences between the two lie in their individual chemical structure and the composition of their atom bonds. Both interact with the body in distinct manners. Whereas typical THC is known for its heavy psychedelic effects, Delta-8 THC is much milder in its efficacy towards inducing a high. Scientists have theorized on the reasons for this disparity in their interworkings with the body, but there is still much to be discovered about the true nature of this peculiar chemical.


Delta-8 THC has already emerged as a popular alternative to traditional THC on the cannabis market. Some consumers may prefer it precisely because of the less powerful high it imparts, while others may view it as a starting point for exploring further, more potent cannabis products.

While it’s becoming more widely known for its milder effects, however, it’s important to keep in mind that Delta-8 THC can still have an outsized impact on inexperienced cannabis consumers. The same dosing measures that one would apply to typical THC products should still be heeded when handling Delta-8 THC products, albeit with the knowledge that they will not result in an ordinary cannabis high. Delta-8 THC has also been promoted for its ability to relieve pain. Like all cannabis products though, always consult a physician before making your purchase to ensure that you are selecting the right treatment for your individual condition.


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The Legality

One reason why Delta-8 THC has become such a phenomenon recently owes to its quirky legal status. Because Delta-8 THC products are actually derived from hemp, not technically cannabis itself, some state regulators have found that the products are currently legal for purchase.

It’s unclear whether these laws will be updated, either to loosen restrictions on cannabis further or to close the Delta-8 THC loophole, but these products can be bought in 39 states at the moment. Because state regulators do not currently care about the purchase of Delta-8 THC products, they can also be sent through the mail, allowing for the emergence of an interstate trade. Thus, like those which employ hemp CBD, Delta-8 products can be found at some online cannabis retailers.

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