Delta 8 Gummies: How Are They Different
From Delta 9 THC?
Delta 8 THC and its products, like delta 8 gummies, is the latest cannabinoid everyone is going crazy over. As an alternative to CBD and delta 9 THC, it represents a great sweet spot for those who want to feel relaxed and get high, but not too high. With such growing popularity, it is only natural that people will want to know more about this compound, as well as its effects. That is what we shall explore in this article.
What is delta 8 THC?
Delta 8 tetrahydrocannabinol, or simply delta 8 THC is a minor cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. It is an isomer of delta 9 THC, which is to say they have the exact same number and type of atoms, but different molecular structures. Delta 9 THC is the main cannabinoid in cannabis, and is known to be the main cause of the ‘high’ intoxicating feeling users get when they take cannabis. Delta 8 THC, on the other hand, is also psychoactive but only about 60% as potent. This makes it a great option for those looking for a milder high without the sometimes far-out side effects of delta 9 THC.
Delta 8 THC does not occur as much in nature as delta 9 THC. For starters, cannabis plants do not naturally produce delta 8. It is instead produced via enzyme action when delta 9 THC is broken down (usually after being stored for a long time). Also, delta 9 THC has received a lot of attention over the years, with many strains being bred to produce large amounts of it. Delta 8 hasn’t received nearly as much attention.
In order to produce viable amounts of delta 8 THC, manufacturers have to extract it from hemp, by converting CBD into delta 8.
How are delta 8 and delta 9 THC different?
The National Cancer Institute points out that delta 8 THC has a ‘lower psychotropic potency’ than delta 9 THC. Due to its slightly different molecular structure, it binds in a different way to the CB1 receptors in the body, giving a much less intense high than delta 9. It also has a lower affinity for CB1 receptors in the brain than delta 9 THC, which means it gives more of a body high than a mind high.
The difference in chemical structure is due to the location of a double bond. Delta 8 THC has it on the 8th carbon atom in the carbon chain, while delta 9 THC has it on the 9th carbon atom.
Users often complain that delta 9 THC can feel overwhelming, and may even induce anxiety in some cases. Delta 8, on the other hand, gives a more relaxing and euphoric sensation that rarely overwhelms, unless you overdose. For this reason, many users see delta 8 THC as a middle ground between CBD, which has no psychotropic effects, and delta 9 THC, which can feel overwhelming for many users.
Another major difference between the two is that delta 8 THC is legal at the federal levels, thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill. This is only true if the delta 8 THC has been extracted from CBD in hemp, however.
What are some effects of delta 8 THC?
The effects are like a toned version of those you get when you consume delta 9 THC. You will feel calm and euphoric, though you will likely still have a clear head and be able to maintain your focus. You will also feel relief from pain, anxiety, and nausea. You will have an increased appetite and find it easier to sleep. In many ways, delta 8 THC feels a lot like taking a painkiller, caffeine, and sleeping pills, all in one! Buy some delta 8 gummies today and try it for yourself!
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