How Delta 8 and Weed are different
There’s a new way to get off of weed that doesn't involve any weed. No, we’re not talking about spice or anything synthetic. We’d like to introduce you to the world of Delta 8 THC and other Hemp-derived cannabinoids - the new way to get high off cannabis.
Delta 8 THC and Weed (marijuana) are both forms of cannabis, but they are quite different. Delta 8 THC is an analog of THC, the main psychoactive compound in cannabis. It is found in very small amounts in most cannabis strains and is only recently being extracted and used on its own.
Delta 8 THC is not Weed because it doesn’t have high amounts of Delta 9 THC. However, Delta 8 THC is known for its milder, more clear-headed high, as well as its anti-anxiety and anti-nausea properties.
Weed, on the other hand, contains high levels of Delta 9 THC and is primarily used for its psychoactive effects. It is also used medicinally and recreationally but it is still considered a Schedule I narcotic. While Delta 8 THC and Weed are both derived from cannabis, they offer different effects and benefits.
How Hemp THC is Different
THC that comes from hemp tends to be different than THC that comes from Marijuana. The industrial hemp plant and the marijuana plant both contain THC but in different amounts. Marijuana can contain up to 30% THC, while industrial hemp contains less than 0.3% THC.
This is important to note because in order for a product to be considered “hemp” it must have less than 0.3% of THC. However, this only specifies Delta 9 THC - so a hemp product can have up to 30% Delta 8 THC and it can still be considered hemp.
As long as a cannabis product has less than 0.3% of specifically Delta 9 THC it’s considered hemp-derived. The effects of hemp THC are very similar to that of THC that comes from Marijuana. One of the biggest differences you’ll notice is potency, hemp-derived THC tends to not be as potent as THC that comes from Marijuana.
Hemp THC Products
Many of your favorite cannabis products can be found in a hemp version. This means that edibles, concentrates, and even flowers can be produced as Delta 8 THC. Although it’s similar to Marijuana, you’ll find subtle differences between both forms of THC.
Similar to Marijuana
There is hemp-derived THC that exists that has a similar effect to that of Marijuana. For example, some strains are only exclusive to hemp such as THCh and THCjd. These are known to be 10-19 times more potent than regular THC.
Not a lot of people or companies still know that these strains even exist! That’s because this type of THC was recently discovered in 2020. The scientists that made the discovery were studying minor cannabinoids in the hemp plant when they accidentally found THCh and THCjd.
Hemp Derived Delta 9 THC
Due to cannabis prohibitions, hemp product makers are forced to be even more innovative by extracting Delta 9 THC properties from hemp. Hemp plants are harvested and their flowers are dried isolating the psychoactive elements, such as Delta 9, which are redried for later use.
The great news is that when only combining 0.3% Delta 9 with a variety of different ingredients manufacturers can create a wide range of products, including edibles, oils, and inhalables.
When consumed enough, each of these finished compounds has its unique set of psychotropic qualities and benefits. For example, the Tropical Raspberry has been described as having enough Delta 9 THC to produce a potent, psychedelic feeling that you’ll love and enjoy.
Delta 8 THC Vape
A popular product among Delta 8 users are vape products. That’s because you’re able to use the same vape devices as you would with cannabis. This includes a 510 thread battery or disposable devices.
Delta 8 Vapes have become so popular that publishing companies like High Times Magazine hold annual competitions to find the best Delta 8 THC products. This year's 1st place winner includes a Delta 8 + Delta 10 THC combo cartridge - Maui Wowie.
Just like cannabis, Delta 8 and other hemp-derived THC takes about 10 - 15 minutes to kick in when inhaled. The effects are about the same too, you can often experience the classics like munchies, red eyes, and an increased love of your favorite Saturday morning cartoons.
A New Way To Get High
Although Delta 8 THC and other hemp-derived cannabinoids have been around for a short while; we’re still discovering more about hemp. This is in part due to the 2018 Farm Bill that opened up the floodgates for products like CBD and Delta 8. If cannabis ever gets legalized there will always be a need for a less potent form of THC that gives you a more relaxing high