What is Delta-8?

Delta-8 is a cannabis compound that has become popular because of its similarity to the main compound in cannabis that gets you high, causing euphoria, happiness, sedation, symptom relief, and much more.

Delta-8 THC

What is Delta-8 THC?

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

Delta-8 and delta-9 are both forms of tetrahydrocannabinol. In common usage, when people refer to tetrahydrocannabinol they are talking about delta-9. 

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 is illegal—sometimes.

Nearly all delta-8 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 tetrahydrocannabinol 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 tetrahydrocannabinol. Many extractors are ramping up delta-8 production to meet this new demand and shipping it all over the US.