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Does Delta 8 THC Get You "High?"

Lewis Hamer
Published February 8, 2021

If you’re reading this article, you’ve definitely heard of the latest craze in the cannabis world, Delta 8 THC. If you’ve never had a chance to try it though, you might be asking yourself, “does Delta 8 THC get you high?”

In this article, we’re going to explore the history of Delta 8 THC, what the difference is between it and Delta 9 THC, why people are even asking this question, and finally, does Delta 8 THC in-fact, get you high.

What is Delta 8 THC?

Delta 8 THC Chemical Structure

First, let’s go over what Delta 8 THC is and where it comes from.

Delta 8 THC is extracted from the hemp plants that are under the legal limit of 0.3% Delta 9 THC. Industrial hemp, and the cannabinoids extracted from them, were made legal under the 2018 Farm Bill. The Farm Bill gave way to all sorts of developments in the hemp world include all kinds of fibers, fabrics, and cannabinoids that people can take for different purposes.

The biggest thing to come from this new booming industry, and one you’re probably familiar with, is CBD. Once hemp was made federally legal, this amazing little cannabinoid burst onto the scene for all the benefits people were seeing. This had led to growth and research of other cannabinoids such as CBG, CBN, CBC, and many many more!

The latest cannabinoid to grab the attention of the American public and researchers is Delta 8 THC. While Delta 8 THC sounds like the same thing as Delta 9 THC (the main cannabinoid found in recreational and medicinal marijuana) it has many unique properties.

For a deeper dive on this subject, check out our article: What is Delta 8 THC?

What is the difference between Delta 9 and Delta 8 THC?

Good question! On a basic level, the difference is in one of the carbon bonds that make up the molecules. On a higher level, that carbon bond makes a world of difference in the way it binds to and affects the body’s endocannabinoid system.

Delta 8 THC is still very new as far as research goes so there is still a lot to learn about this molecule. However, while it’s still very new, research has been very promising from its potential medical purposes. And while the medical research still needs much more time to make any definitive statement, many people have flocked to Delta 8 THC for the self-evident effects that can be felt.

For more information and differences between the two, you can read our article, What is the difference between Delta 9 and Delta 8 THC?

So, Does Delta 8 THC Get You High?

Now you know what Delta 8 THC and how it differs from Delta 9 THC, we’re going to address whether this cannabinoid actually gets you high.

The best way to answer this question is by comparing it to some other cannabinoids and their effects on people. The thing to keep in mind is: everyone has different biochemistry and reactions vary between people. Some broad things can be said about how Delta 8 THC might affect you but at the end of the day, you might feel completely different.

If you have used Delta 9 THC in the past, you’ll find that there can be a familiar feeling from Delta 8 THC but without the strong heady effects. While Delta 8 THC can be “familiar” to that of Delta 9, it is generally less potent and has different effects as well. Delta 8 THC does not bind as strongly to the CB receptors in the nervous system and activates them in different ways to Delta 9 THC.

Another cannabinoid to compare it to is CBD. If you’ve ever used CBD, you’ll know that the effects are very mild and it works better in a full spectrum verity. Delta 8 THC is comparable in it’s relaxing effect to CBD and uplifting sensation but is more profound. People who generally don’t “feel” CBD will probably feel the effects of Delta 8 THC.

Whether you’re a regular cannabis user, CBD user, or completely new to hemp products, Delta 8 THC is an experience you’ll be sure to love! If you’d like to try Delta 8 THC yourself, make sure to check out Hometown Hero’s wide variety of Delta 8 THC products today! We’re always adding new Delta 8 THC products to our list as well so make sure to check back often to find something you’ll love.

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