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What is Delta 8 THC? (2021 Guide)

Updated June 7th, 2021

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“What is Delta-8 THC?”

You may have found yourself asking this question after hearing about it, reading about it online, or finding it at a retailer.

In this blog post, we’re going to answer that question.

In recent years Delta-8 THC has made waves across news headlines, and some see it as the “next big thing” in cannabis.

However, Delta-8 is anything but new.

So, to answer your question, we’re going to cover:

Let’s get started.

What is Delta-8 THC?

Delta 8 THC Chemical Structure

To understand Delta-8, we will need to cover tetrahydrocannabinol or just “THC.”

When we talk about cannabis, we often mention THC.

However, there isn’t just one type of THC.

The type of THC you were taught about in health class or heard on the news was in reference to Delta-9 THC.

However, there is another type of THC — Delta-8.

Delta-8 THC is an isomer of Delta-9 THC.

“So...what is an isomer?”

An isomer is a compound with the same formula in chemistry but a different arrangement of atoms and varying properties.

Here’s an easier way to think about it:

Let’s say you have a car made out of plastic toy bricks. Now, you make a house out of the same number and the exact types of plastic toy bricks.

They’re the same parts but in a different arrangement.

Delta-8 gets its name because it has a chemical bond on its 8th carbon chain. Delta-9 gets its name from that bond being on its 9th carbon chain.

So, where does Delta-8 even come from?

That’s what we’ll cover next.

Where Does Delta-8 THC Come From?

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At this point, we’ve covered a bit of the chemistry side to answer, “What is Delta-8 THC?”

However, to fully answer this question, we also need to discuss where Delta-8 THC comes from.

Delta-9 THC, as you probably know, is derived from marijuana, which is only legal in some states in the U.S.

Delta-8 THC comes from hemp, which is federally legal under the 2018 Farm Bill.

There are, however, two main methods of extracting Delta-8 THC from hemp.

The first method is through synthesis. Cannabidiol (CBD) gets extracted from hemp, and then a chemical process is used to turn it into Delta-8 THC.

The second method, which Hometown Hero uses, is a more direct approach. Hemp contains small amounts of Delta-8 THC. We extract usable amounts of Delta-8 THC from larger quantities of hemp.

It’s that simple.

Now you know the chemistry and origin of Delta-8 THC.

You’re already on your way to becoming a D8 expert!

So what exactly are the effects of Delta-8 THC?

We’re covering that next.

What Are the Effects of Delta-8 THC?

The effects of cannabis-derived products are on a spectrum.

On the mild end, you have CBD.

On the more intense end, you have Delta-9 THC.

Delta-8 THC is the “in-between.”

However, it’s important to note, that like other cannabinoids, the effects of Delta-8 can vary from person to person.

Many who have used Delta-8 have experienced its positive effects, including uplifting feelings, a relaxing body sensation, and a sense of wellbeing.

Another vital factor to consider is that although Delta-8 is considered more “mild” than Delta-9, you want to take a slow and incremental approach when you start.

For tips on finding the proper dosage of Delta-8 for you, you can check out our Delta 8 THC Dosage Guide.

What Are the Benefits of Delta-8 THC?

Benefits of Delta 8 THC

Now here’s the thing about discussing the potential benefits of Delta-8 THC:

We’re not at liberty to discuss it.

However, with the spirit of trying to answer, “What is Delta-8 THC,” we encourage you to do your research.

The National Cancer Institute Drug Dictionary recognizes that Delta-8 THC has promising effects.

Trulieve has an excellent piece on Delta-8 as well.

We can share some reviews from real Hometown Hero customers and let you make your decision.

Delta-8 Reviews

So we can’t talk about the benefits.

However, you can hear what people have to say about Hometown Hero Delta-8 products throughout our site.

Delta 8 THC Joints

“Exceeds all expectations. I wasn’t sure what to expect so was delighted that the Delta 8 Joints are over the top good. If you are looking for a mellow experience Delta 8 Joints will not disappoint.”

- Tilghman P. 4/26/2021 (Georgia)

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“Pleasant experience. One dropper is all you need for hours of a very pleasant experience. It takes a couple of hours to start feeling effects but once you do they are wonderful!”

- Celia P. 4/17/2021 (Texas)

Delta 8 THC Gummies - Blueberry

“MUST TRY!!! Take it and wait about an hour, you won’t regret it. I was very skeptical at first, but these gummies are the real deal. AMAZING PRODUCT!!!”

- Jeff S. 6/03/2021 (Missouri)

And don’t just take their word for it either.

In 2021, Hometown Hero won two second-place prizes at the High Times Hemp Cup (the gummies and tincture reviewed above).

Conclusion

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“What is Delta-8 THC?”

In short, Delta-8 THC is a variant of tetrahydrocannabinol, a chemical derived from hemp.

Its name comes from the fact that it has a chemical bond on its 8th carbon chain.

Delta-8 is an isomer of Delta-9 THC (same formula, different arrangement).

Unlike Delta-9 THC, Delta-8 does not come from marijuana. Instead, it comes from hemp.

You can synthesize Delta-8 from CBD or from the hemp plant itself.

When thinking about the effects of Delta-8, a good rule of thumb is that it’s more intense than CBD and milder than Delta-9. However, experiences may vary.

Although we can’t discuss Delta-8 benefits, we highly encourage you to do the research.

Nonetheless, you’re more than free to check out the reviews left by our customers.

Got Questions?

We’d love to help!

What Delta-8 method of consumption would you like to know more about?

Where can you purchase Hometown Hero products?

If there’s anything you’d like to know about Delta-8 THC, we’re here to help.

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  • Will a blend of delta8-thc and CBN be available in the future?

    • R.S.

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