What is Delta-8 THC?
The hemp plant contains over 100 different chemical compounds known as cannabinoids. Delta-8 THC is a hemp cannabinoid naturally present in the plant in trace amounts (less than 1%). Similarly to cannabinol (CBN), delta-8 is a byproduct of THC, produced when the hemp plant is exposed to oxygen during storage.
According to the National Cancer Institute, delta-8 displays anti-anxiety, pain-relieving, antiemetic (prevents nausea and vomiting), and neuroprotective properties.
Delta-8 THC is different from traditional delta-9 THC — or the main form of THC in cannabis. Delta-8 is an analog of delta-9 or a molecule with a similar structure that displays minor but significant differences. Think of delta-8 THC as a delta-9 THC’s sister molecule that features different effects in the body.
Delta 8 Effects
While delta-9 exhibits potent psychotropic effects and gives a more intense “high,” delta-8 doesn’t go as strong. Delta-8 will get you high, especially if you have low tolerance for cannabis. But, you will experience a mild and pleasant high that keeps you clear-headed — without the anxiety or paranoid feeling commonly expressed by delta-9.
Delta 8 is a shorthand for Delta 8 THC which is also just the shortened version of Delta 8 Tetrahydrocannabinol. This may sound remarkably familiar to most marijuana users. The “high” inducing cannabinoid found in marijuana is Delta 9 Tetrahydrocannabinol or better known as Delta 9 THC. Delta 9 and Delta 8 have a very similar molecular structure and they both react with the endocannabinoid system in similar ways. The biggest difference however is that Delta 8 is hemp-derived, and it is also noted for producing a much milder effect than Delta 9, for those times that you do not feel like being welded to the couch.
Delta 8 Edibles
Delta 8 gummies effects are slow to come on, but they also last much longer than other methods of consumption like vaping or smoking. Many Delta 8 users often say that taking them in an edible and especially gummy format is the way to go. They are delicious, easy to carry around, discreet, and provide you with a milder and more pleasant “high” experience. Perfect for a hike in the woods, a day at the beach, or a night out on the town. Delta 8 gummies are a game-changer for many avid cannabis consumers.
What to Look for When Buying Delta 8 Gummies
If you are not looking for Delta 8 gummies, then you should be! If you ARE looking to buy Delta 8 gummies here are some things to look out for.
1- Potency. If you are just starting on Delta 8 then it is going to be a good idea to look for gummies that are lower in potency making it easier to dial in your dose, start small and work your way up.(25 mg is a good start. Eat ½ and go from there)
2- Composition. It is best to find gummies with only Delta 8. Seeking more medicinal benefit with an even milder “high?” Then seek out ones that provide you with a blend of cannabinoids or use them in conjunction with your favorite CBD gummies. It is also a good idea to look for Delta 8 gummies that are made with high-quality hemp and other ingredients. This ensures that you are putting only the best in your body and skipping the pesticides and other toxic residues.
Legality of Hemp-Derived THC Compounds
The differences in name and how it is sourced may seem like small details, but they change how delta-8 is handled legally. In the United States, the hemp derivation and lack of delta-9 THC ideally put delta-8 preparations into the same class as CBD products.
Unlike delta-9 THC, delta-8 itself currently has no federal scheduling. However, it is possible to fail a drug test from use of delta-8, as those tests do not test for specific types of THC, but rather THC metabolites. THC metabolites are the result of the body processing any form of THC. Think of it as finding a Popsicle stick: you know someone ate a Popsicle, but can’t tell the exact flavor. Is the red from strawberry or cherry? If you need to pass a drug test, just be aware.
Regardless, always do your own research and vetting on the legal standing of any cannabinoid in your area. Laws are varied and complex, and we at TrewBalance are in no way giving legal advice.