What Is Delta 8?

Delta 8 THC (∆8 THC)

Delta 8 THC is not as well-known as Delta 9, despite being discovered nearly 50 years ago. One reason Delta 8 may not receive much attention is that it naturally makes up less than 1% of the cannabis plant, making it difficult to yield high amounts of it. Delta 8 is something called a double bond isomer of Delta 9. An isomer is a compound that contains the same number of elements and atoms, but is structurally different in how the elements are arranged. This may sound like a small difference, but it is actually quite substantial. While Delta 9 is known for its high psychoactive consequences, D-8 THC is estimated to be half as psychoactive, leaving room for the compound’s benefits to shine over its mind-altering sibling, Delta 9. 

D8 THC communicates and engages with CB1 and CB2 receptors, and it appears to have many benefits to the body. Specifically, it can help stimulate appetite, reduce nausea, and offer many relaxation-evoking qualities without the psychoactive side effects you can expect from Delta 9. It is also said to be nature’s answer to hangovers. Delta 8 is beginning to rise in popularity because, using an advanced process, the more prevalent Delta 9 compound can be converted to D8 THC, making the less psychoactive Delta 8 more easily accessible. 

In 1995, a famous D-8 THC study was conducted. The study concluded that, when used for its anti-nausea properties, it successfully inhibited nausea with “an essential lack of side effects” to 100% of the patients who used it during their treatment. 

Consumers are beginning to enjoy Delta 8 distillates in vape cartridges because the compound delivers several wellness-evoking benefits. Hemp-derived Delta 8 (with up to .3% Delta 9 THC present) is also federally legal.