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What is the difference between CBD and Delta 8 THC? (2021 Guide)

Updated August 25, 2021

CBD is a popular cannabinoid that is available for purchase in many states.

Since becoming federally legal through the 2018 Farm Bill, Delta-8 has been rising in popularity in recent years.

It is natural to draw comparisons as both products come from cannabis.

However, there are major differences between CBD and Delta-8 THC that should be known.

In this blog post, we're going to answer, "What is the difference between CBD and Delta-8 THC?"

We're going to cover:

Let's begin.

Is Delta-8 Just CBD?

THC vs CBD

The short answer?

No.

Delta-8 THC and CBD are two entirely different cannabinoids (compounds derived from cannabis).

In some instances, but not all, Delta-8 THC is synthesized from CBD. But that’s about as close as it gets.

(Hometown Hero only uses Delta-8 THC naturally extracted from hemp and not converted from CBD)

Most of the commercial hemp grown in the United States has large quantities of CBD. Currently, no hemp has Delta-8 THC in the amounts that CBD can be found in hemp.

They're different compounds that come from the same plant.

What is Delta-8 THC?

THC Cannabis Vape

"THC" is an abbreviation of tetrahydrocannabinol.

THC is usually mentioned in the context of marijuana.

This type of THC is known as "Delta-9."

It's just one of the several types of THC out there.

Delta-8 is a form of THC that is found in small quantities in hemp.

Delta-8 is an isomer of Delta-9, meaning it has the same chemical formula but a different arrangement. This arrangement causes it to act differently in the body.

Enthusiasts of Delta-8 THC have reported the following effects:

      • Mild euphoria
      • Relaxation
      • Calmness
      • Sense of delight

For a deeper look into Delta-8, you can check out our article, "What is Delta-8 THC?"

What is CBD?

CBD Tincture Leaf

Covering Delta-8 is just the first part of answering, "What is the difference between CBD and Delta-8 THC?"

Now, let's cover CBD.

CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is the most well known compound in cannabis. Like Delta-8 THC, you can extract CBD from hemp.

Many enthusiasts will tell you that CBD has a calming effect, but nothing too intense.

What's also important to note is that CBD is not psychoactive - meaning it will not alter perception, cognition, or behavior.

Why Would One Choose Delta-8 THC Over CBD?

CBD Delta 8 Tincture Leaves

The answer to this one?

It depends on what you want and your preferences.

Some people may prefer one over the other, and that's okay.

Others may enjoy a combination of CBD and Delta-8.

As a rule of thumb, Delta-8 has more noticeable sensations than CBD.

So what's the best way to figure out if you prefer one over the other?

Give them a try!

The effects of CBD are mild in comparison to Deta-8. With Delta-8, you want to proceed with more diligence.

For finding the right dose, we have a whole article filled with helpful tips.

Can You Mix CBD with Delta-8 THC?

CBD Delta 8 Mixed

CBD and Delta-8 may be different cannabinoids with varying effects, but to some, they're a great combination.

So, in short, yes, you can mix CBD with Delta-8 THC.

Some fans of the combination report that CBD can help curb the more acute effects of Delta-8 THC.

You may even find that CBD paired with Delta-8 creates the desired results that you have been looking for.

Just keep in mind to take it easy when trying cannabinoids or combinations of cannabinoids that are new to you.

You can always “add on,” but there's no “going back.”

Does Delta-8 Have The Same Benefits As CBD?

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You may have heard here and there about the benefits cannabinoids may or may not have.

Here's the thing about that: we're not at liberty to discuss them.

We encourage you to talk with your doctor, gather information from reliable sources, and make a well-informed decision for yourself.

Does CBD Show Up On a Drug Test?

cbd leaf

Now here is where things get interesting.

When we think about drug tests related to cannabinoids, Delta-9 is the culprit they're looking for.

Well, technically, it's the metabolites of Delta-9 THC that they're looking for, but there's no need to go down that biochemical rabbit hole.

So logically, CBD isn't THC.

It shouldn’t show up on a drug test...right?

Well, some CBD products may contain up to 0.3% of Delta-9 THC.

It's a small quantity but not something you'd want to risk, especially when there can be career or legal ramifications.

But remember, some CBD products may contain Delta-9. Not all of them.

CBD products containing 0% Delta-9 THC are known as broad-spectrum or isolate products.

If you have a drug test coming up, and you're on the fence about consuming a cannabinoid, stay on the side of caution.

In other words, if you're not sure, then it's best to refrain from cannabis products.

Does Delta-8 Show Up On a Drug Test?

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Delta-8 THC is a naturally occurring compound found in hemp. It has been around as long as hemp has been around.

It's relatively new in terms of it being isolated and being federally legal.

Delta-8 is a hemp product, and it may contain up to 0.3 % Delta-9 THC.

We would love to give you a detailed analysis of the Delta-8 THC metabolites that are produced after consumption.

However, there isn't much information out there on the subject yet.

So, we highly recommend that you abstain from Delta-8 THC if there is the possibility of a drug test coming up in the future.

Conclusion/Questions

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What's the difference between CBD and Delta-8 THC?

Here's a little recap for you:

      • Plain and simple, Delta-8 THC is not CBD
      • In some instances, Delta-8 is synthesized from CBD
      • CBD is mild with subtle effects
      • Delta-8 can bring out feelings of mild euphoria, relaxation, and calmness
      • Choosing between Delta-8 or CBD depends on your preference and what you want out of the product
      • Approach Delta-8 and other cannabinoids with plenty of care
      • You can mix Delta-8 and CBD
      • We cannot discuss any benefits of Delta-8 or CBD; it's up to you to do your research and consult medical professionals
      • If you have a drug test coming up, it is best to abstain from consuming CBD, Delta-8, or any other cannabinoids

Is there anything that we missed?

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