Is Delta-8 THC a Milder Alternative to Delta-9?

Delta-8 THC has become increasingly popular as an alternative to delta-9 THC, the main compound in cannabis that causes you to get high. While delta-8 reportedly produces less potent effects than delta-9, more research is needed to better understand the potential side effects of this compound. Some preliminary research supports the claim that delta-8 could cause a milder high than traditional marijuana. However, because the drug is not regulated, the vast majority of delta-8 products on the market do not look like those tested in a laboratory and may be contaminated with other cannabinoids and heavy metals.

For those who live in states where cannabis is illegal, delta-8 may be a legal way to experience some THC-like effects of cannabis. Dante Jordan, from Leafly, tested delta-8 THC and described it as a lighter and more energizing high than the traditional delta-9.Delta-8 has more similarities with THC (delta) than with CBD, both in its chemical structure and because it causes you to get high. Delta-8 THC binds to the body's endocannabinoid system, more like delta-9 THC. CBD doesn't bind as easily to the endocannabinoid system, so it's not intoxicating, although CBD may offer medicinal benefits to the consumer.

Depending on quality, quantity and other factors, both THC delta-8 and delta-9 THC can produce intoxicating psychoactive effects, or a “high”. Despite their similarities, delta-8 THC and delta-9 also have important differences that you should understand before consuming any of these substances. Delta-9 THC has been extensively studied for nearly 60 years, but little research has been published on delta-8.Delta-8 is found in small quantities in cannabis and hemp plants, and like hemp it is legal for cultivation anywhere in the U. S.

UU. and it's more readily available, the cannabinoid is often obtained from there. The most common form of THC in cannabis plants is delta-9-THC, which is almost identical to delta-8-THC in its chemical structure. However, recent warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration say that delta-8 is a potentially dangerous drug that has caused thousands of accidental poisonings.

Delta-8 can only be detected in small amounts in hemp and marijuana plants, but manufacturers have discovered a way to produce it from a third notable chemical substance in cannabis plants, CBD. It's important to note that delta-8 hasn't been extensively studied and that more research is needed on its effects on the mind and body. Delta-8 users report many of the same effects as THC, such as mild euphoria, happiness, stimulating sensations and relief from some symptoms, such as pain, although the compound is much less potent. When creating these standard gummies, producers calculate that delta-8 is less than half as strong as normal THC, so a 25 mg of delta-8 gummy could be equivalent to the effects of a 10 mg THC gummy.

As such, delta-8 requires more processing and is more expensive to manufacture than CBD, but this increase in the cost of production is offset by the high demand for it. It's also important to note that Delta 8 has not been extensively studied yet and more research needs to be done on its effects on the mind and body. Usually, CBD is extracted from hemp and refined into an isolate, and then the CBD isolate is synthesized in Delta-8.To be more specific, almost all of the delta-8 THC currently on the market is derived from federally legal hemp extracted from hemp. The manufactured Delta-8-THC is generally added to vaping gummies and cartridges and is legally sold online and in stores.

Making general statements about whether cannabis use is good or bad doesn't show an accurate picture of delta-8 or delta-9 for THC.

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