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Differences between Delta 8 & Delta 9.

Updated: Sep 8, 2023

What is Delta 8

Delta 8 THC is naturally occurring in hemp plants, both hemp and marijuana. Although it occurs in very small concentrations, it can still be derived thanks to distillation. It has a unique molecular structure and exhibits unique effects when consumed.

What is Delta 9

Delta 9 is also naturally occurring in hemp plants. The more popularly used term for it is simply THC. Whenever you see an article referring to THC or outlining its effects and benefits, it’s, in fact, Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. This is the molecule that can induce elation and a classic “high” feeling.

Do you remember the Farm Bill from 2018? If one wants to grow hemp or make hemp-based products legally, the THC levels have to be at 0.3% or less. The bill refers to Delta 9 THC.

Delta 8 and Delta 9 – Key Differences

From what you’ve seen so far, it is easy to assume that Delta 8 and Delta 9 are two compounds with really similar properties and effects. In terms of molecular structure, Delta 8 and 9 are almost identical apart from a couple of electrons.

However, there are some key differences that you should know about.

Anxious and Paranoid Effects

There is a reason the Farm Bill dictates keeping the levels of Delta 9 THC levels below 0.3%. Some people using Delta 9 THC don't enjoy the effects. The “too much high” effect is only tied to Delta 9 THC.

Delta 8 THC is less psychoactive than Delta 9. People who experience these unpleasant feelings should instead try Delta 8. It is far less potent than Delta 9 and can enable people to enjoy hemp or hemp-based products carefree.

The Effects Build Up

There is one more thing that makes Delta 8 and 9 different. They don’t only induce different effects, but they also do it at a different pace. Delta 9 THC is absorbed quickly, and it can induce the feelings mentioned above quite fast after consumption. This is an important thing to note as it can alter your plans for the afternoon or evening.

Unlike Delta9, Delta 8 THC is a slow kicker. It delivers a significantly smoother experience than Delta 9.

To sum up, both Delta 8 and 9 THC are naturally occurring in hemp plants. Delta 9 THC is the famous THC everyone talks about, while Delta 8 is its less potent counterpart. The critical difference is the pace at which these compounds build up effects. Delta 9 delivers more powerful effects than Delta 8, and it does it faster.

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