The growing cannabis market has created many innovative and useful products. With the 2018 Farm Bill legalizing hemp and hemp-based products within a set range of THC content, many new businesses have started and expanded very quickly. One of the more interesting products to receive attention as of late is Delta 8.
What is Delta 8?
Delta 8 refers to a type of THC that is closely related to Delta 9 the most common type of THC that is found in plant and cannabis products. The difference on a chemical level is in the placement of the double found in the compounds carbon atoms. The names, in fact, refer to which carbon in the chain this double bond is placed, on Delta 8 it is the eighth carbon and on Delta 9 it is the ninth carbon.
Is Delta 8 Like CBD?
When compared to CBD Delta 8 does have some similarities, but it also has notable differences. Like CBD products Delta 8 products can be used to help with various health problems such as aches and pains, lack of appetite, and some psychological concerns. However, unlike CBD products Delta 8 does cause you to become high like traditional cannabis products. If this is a good thing or a bad thing depends on one’s perspective some users prefer the stronger effect a high brings while others prefer CBD’s medicinal properties without any effects on overall awareness.
As a newer market concerns about the legality of items for sale is understandable. Delta 8 is commonly covered under broader laws that concern other cannabis products such as CBD, hemp, and other products no matter their forms such as creams, edibles, and smokable products. Delta 8 is often sourced from hemp which has a total THC content of 0.3% or lower making it legal for sale under the perimeters defined by the 2018 Farm Bill. However, not every state interprets the law the same way and there are legal discussions that are ongoing concerning product classification at the federal level. If you have questions ask the supplier or company you’re buying from about your concerns.
Why Use Delta 8
Most users report Delta 8 as having similar effects of delta 9 products. These effects include positive feelings, relief from physical pain, mild euphoria, and general relaxation. The side effects are also similar including hunger, dry mouth, and red eyes. The key difference between Delta 8 and the more commonplace Delta 9 is in the strength of the effect. Delta 8 is reported to be less powerful and its effects milder. Some people prefer milder effects and an overall less intense experience. Delta 8 is commonly consumed via sweets or snacks such as gummies or cookies making them enjoyable to use.
The growth of products such as CBDs, Delta 9, and other cannabis-based goods is an exciting time. New industries are often very vibrant with new innovations being discovered regularly. With hemp being legal and accessible the cannabis industry is only just starting to develop and a greater assortment of unique and useful products is yet to come.