While Delta 8 and Delta 9 CBD can all be extracted from marijuana plants (hemp or cannabis), there are significant differences in their effects and how they interact. Each cannabinoid has a different effect, so there is no one that is better. It all depends on how you feel. Let’s take another look.
Each cannabinoid is different and each one has its own legalities. The 2018 Farm Bill legalized the sale, consumption and distribution of hemp and hemp products in the United States. To remain legal, products must be derived entirely from hemp and not contain more than 0.3% Delta 9 THC.
Other rules apply to Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC. The majority of Delta 9 THC is obtained from marijuana, which remains illegal federally. While each state might have its own laws, there are still many rules and restrictions regarding sale and possession.
Delta 8 is federally legal. However, each state will have their own policies. Because it’s so new, some might limit sales. Make sure to check your state’s laws.
Delta 8 THC
The newest cannabinoid is Delta 8 THC. Although the effects aren’t as intense as CBD, they don’t produce as much euphoria as Delta 9. To ensure compliance with Delta 9 regulations, most Delta 8 products are made from hemp.
Inhaled Delta 8 THC can produce mildly psychoactive effects similar to marijuana, but less potent. D8 can still deliver a powerful effect that can get you on a high level.
One of the greatest benefits of Delta 8 is:
- Reduce joint and muscle pain
- It reduces anxiety and nervousness
- Promotes longer, better sleep
D8 is loved by many for its mellow and euphoric effects! D8 is often called “diet marijuana” and many people consider it to be the perfect balance of CBD and Delta 9. It’s mildly intoxicating, so you can continue to live your life and function.
Delta 9 THC
Delta 9 THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the cannabinoid best known for its intoxicating effects that can get you high. This psychoactive cannabinoid most commonly consumed in marijuana or marijuana-derived products. Although marijuana does contain CBD in small amounts, it is very difficult to extract CBD from cannabis.
The chemical structure is another difference between Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 HCA. Delta 8 has double bonds at the eighth carbon atom, while Delta 9 has double bonds at the ninth carbon. Scientists believe these double bond locations are responsible for the differences in effects.
Delta 9 THC binds with the brain’s receptors to create strong, psychoactive effects. Although these powerful effects are great for relaxation, discomfort relief, sleep, and even sleeping, they can also cause side effects.
CBD, which is shorthand for cannabidiol, is well-known for its non-intoxicating effects. It leaves you feeling clear-headed after it is taken. Because it contains the highest levels of CBD, this cannabinoid most commonly comes from hemp.
CBD is at the opposite end of the spectrum from Delta 9 THC. It has almost no intoxicating effects and there are not any side effects. Most people can tolerate it and there are very few side effects. These side effects could include:
- Dry mouth
- Slight drowsiness
- Mild fatigue
CBD interacts with and supports the body’s endocrinoid system (ECS). The ECS regulates our mood, sleep, appetite, digestion, and sleep patterns. CBD helps our bodies to maintain an internal balance and keeps us alert and focused.
This article was written by a cannabinoid medicine specialist at DRIP Cannabinoids. DRIP Cannabinoids joined the market in June 2020. We quickly established our mission: providing customers with the purest oil on the market, and in tandem providing a premium product. Our products range from delta 8 oil, delta 8 pre-rolls, delta 8 THC gummies, and delta 8 THC carts, and more. Through each and every one of our products, DRIP strives to relieve people from the discomfort, stress, and anxiety of daily life by giving them access to cutting-edge cannabinoids such as Delta-10 and Delta-8 THC. DRIP’s formulas and procedures are all designed with the purity and safety of the customer in mind.