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Delta-8 is a cannabis compound that has become popular because of its similarity to delta-9 THC, the main compound in cannabis that gets you high, causing euphoria, happiness, sedation, symptom relief, and much more. Large amounts of THC are found in a majority of cannabis strains.

The similarities between the two cannabinoids lie in their chemical structures and their names. THC’s scientific name is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or delta-9 THC, or just delta-9. Delta-8 is short for delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol, or delta-8 THC. Delta-8 THC can cause effects similar to regular delta-9 THC—but they will be much less potent. 

Delta-8 and delta-9 are both forms of THC. In common usage, when people refer to THC they are talking about delta-9 THC. (In this article, when we use the term “THC” without a modifier, we are referring to delta-9 THC.) 

Currently, the legality of delta-8 is hazy. It can be extracted from either hemp or cannabis. Because of the 2018 farm bill, hemp can be legally grown and used for extractions all over the United States, making delta-8 legal in states where delta-9 THC is illegal—sometimes. 

Nearly all delta-8 THC on the market today is manufactured from hemp-derived CBD, which makes it, in theory at least, part of a federally legal chain of origin. 

People in states where THC is illegal crave cannabis products and are now looking to delta-8 because it may be legal in their state, even though it is less potent than regular THC. 

Delta-8, like delta-9 (regular THC), binds to the body’s endocannabinoid system, which causes you to feel high. Chemically, delta-8 and delta-9 are similar in that they both have a double bond in their structures. This double bond is thought to produce the intoxicating effects that make you feel high. 

The two THCs are chemically different in the placement of the double bond. Both cannabinoids have a chain of carbon atoms, but delta-8 has the double bond on the eighth carbon, whereas delta-9 has it on the ninth. 

Delta-8 binds to the endocannabinoid system in a slightly different fashion because of the location of its double bond. This is what is thought to make delta-8 much less potent than regular THC. However, more research needs to be done on delta-8 and how it interacts with the body.

Are there benefits to Delta-8-THC?

Yes, yes there are!

Because Delta 9 and Delta 8 are so alike – an isomer means that the two phytocannabinoids have the same formula, but the atoms are arranged differently — they have a similar impact on your endocannabinoid system (ECS). Like Delta 9, Delta 8 binds with the CB1 receptors found in the ECS, which are prevalent throughout your central nervous system and brain. It’s also believed to interact with CB2 receptors, although researchers are still exploring this connection.

Despite its less potent euphoria, Delta-8 THC still packs a punch: It can help relieve tough to address symptoms and side effects of many conditions while ensuring you can stay alert and focused. Some of Delta 8’s biggest benefits include:

  • Antiemetic: Delta-8 THC can be used to keep nausea and vomiting at bay. This is especially effective for consumers focused on managing gastrointestinal disorders such as Crohn’s disease or experiencing side effects from cancer treatment.
  • Anxiolytic: Because delta-8 THC binds with CB1 receptors, it is thought to influence fear and anxiety responses (among other things) and could provide some relief from worry and stress. Incidentally, delta-9 THC can actually exacerbate anxiety in higher amounts – delta-8 THC is less likely to do so.
  • Analgesic: As a CB1 agonist, delta-8 THC can also provide some pain relief, calming pain-causing inflammation throughout your body. Engaging with ECS and circulating through the bloodstream, delta-8 THC can provide body-wide relief.
  • Anti-tumor: Studies suggest that delta-8 THC might impact tumor cells and growth of cancerous cells. One study in lab mice showed a significant reduction in tumor size and increase in survival time after the mice were given delta-8 THC for 20 days.
  • Appetite-stimulating: Like delta-9 THC, delta-8 THC will give you the munchies. This appetite-stimulating quality is ideal for consumers who have trouble eating due to their health conditions, such as AIDS or chemotherapy treatment.
  • Neuroprotective: Delta-8 THC is thought to help produce Acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that is important in memory consolidation, cognition, and neuroplasticity.

With so many potential benefits and more accessibility, it’s no surprise that delta-8 THC is quickly becoming the next household name in the cannabis industry.


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About the Delta 8 THC High….


As you’re probably already aware of, cannabis is a flower that has grown naturally in the wild for thousands of years. It’s packed full of chemical constituents, known as cannabinoids, that mesh with the receptors throughout our bodies, that lend a hand to a spectrum of mental and physical effects. THC or Delta-9-THC is by far the most well knows of the cannabinoids, but it isn’t the only powerful compound native to the cannabis flower. Delta-8-THC, one of four most common cannabinoids, is similar to it’s psychoactive counterpart of THC-9, but with several huge key differences. 

Delta-8-THC has only a few atomic bonds that are different from Delta-9 and it still offers a potent and effective “high” of it’s own. While Delta 8 only exists only as a fraction of a percent to Delta-9, companies are finding a huge amount of value in concentrating around the Delta-8 cannabinoid due to it’s unique effects and multiple applications. From Delta-8 THC cartridges like the ones we carry from 3Chi, to tinctures and edibles, the value of Delta-8 is a rising star in the world of cannabinoids and the benefits they provide. 


Delta-8 delivers a semi-sedative physical sensation without the “paranoid” or “whimsical” mental stimulation. The distillate has a strong  physical effect that cascades over the body while giving the body a feeling similar to the classic “stoned” contentment. In terms of increasing the appetite, you get a sense of it, but it never fully reaches the same level as most of the Delta-9 Counterparts. 


First off, Delta-8 has a lower psychotropic potency that the “pot” everyone is familiar with. Again, it’s one of the four major cannabinoids in Cannabis but is only a fraction compared to the psychoactive Delta-9-THC cannabinoid.

Secondly, Delta-8-THC is known to connect to both the CB1 and CB2 receptors in our bodies unlike Delta-9.  

The differences between Delta-8 and Delta-9 is subtle: Both will get you stoned, but the former is about half as potent as the latter. Many people claim that Delta-8 is a smoother, less anxious psychoactive experience than the more familiar Delta-9. They also report that Delta-8 is less anxiety-provoking, less sedating, and a little more clear-headed than Delta-9-THC. It also seems to have additional medicinal effects than regular THC, such as better pain relief, but these claims have yet to be weighed out in clinical trials, so you’ll have to try for yourself. 

The main difference between Delta-8 and Delta-9 comes down to the location of a specific bond between two of the atoms that make up each THC molecule. Delta-8 has the double bond on the 8th carbon in the chain, while Delta-9 has the double bond on the 9th carbon in the chain.


Based on the limited science available, the answer seems to be yes.

The efficacy of Delta-8-THC make it an extremely valuable cannabis-derived chemical compound. The benefits and the effects serve both medical and recreational consumers alike and it just goes to show the power of individual compounds within the cannabis flower. As science continues to define, and refine, the applications for Delta-8-THC and other cannabinoids within the cannabis collection, you, the user, keep benefiting, one puff, drop, or bite at a time. 


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