Updated: Jan 23
What is Delta 8 THC? Let’s get right down and dirty — what is delta 8 THC? We’re glad you asked. Delta 8 THC, also know
n more plainly as delta 8 or even d8, also comes from Cannabis sativa, or the hemp plant. As you can imagine, when you look at delta 8 THC on a chemical level, it’s only slightly different than delta 9 THC. Delta 9 THC is the infamous, well-known psychoactive commonly referred to simply as “THC.” This makes delta 8 what we call an isomer. An isomer is a fancy term to describe chemical similarity, meaning delta 8’s striking similarity to delta 9.
How delta 8 relates to CBD But what about that other cannabinoid we mentioned, CBD? How does delta 8 relate to CBD? Like CBD, delta 8 is more available than ever. They’re both exciting in their own way. However, depending on who you are, you may find that one works for you better than the other. Or, perhaps, you find that CBD and delta 8 fit into your routine in har
mony, just for different purposes. In fact, using more than one type of cannabinoid product can only work in your favor, due to the way that your body uses them. We’ll discuss the benefits of delta 8 and how it makes you feel later on.
Delta 8 and your endocannabinoid system If that last point has you thinking about your endocannabinoid system, you’re a winner. So how does this work? Why are our bodies so responsive to multiple cannabinoids? When you introduce more than one cannabinoid or terpene profile at a time, you’re more likely to tap into what’s called the entourage effect. Basically, you’re allowing all of your body’s endocannabinoid receptors to wake up and get moving all at once. The endocannabinoid system — something that’s present in all vertebrates — helps regulate tons of different bodily processes. This includes things like pain, mood, appetite, and more. Basically, your endocannabinoid system deals with everything that can help your body achieve homeostasis or an overall sense of balance.
Is Delta 8 THC Legal? Now that you know what delta 8 is — and are perhaps a little bit excited about it — let’s discuss perhaps the most exciting part: delta 8 THC is federally legal. Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill that created a surge in hemp farming (and thus, CBD products) delta 8 is also allowed to shine. The greater availability of delta 8 is made possible through sophisticated extraction, isolation, conversion, and refinement techniques. The hemp plant only produces a small amount naturally. So, what’s