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What is the difference between Delta 8 and Weed?

Published February 8, 2021
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Have you heard the news about that legal THC all of those cool kids are talking about? So you might ask, “Hometown Hero, isn’t THC illegal in most states? Isn’t that weed? How can y’all sell that out of Texas of all places?” Well, the truth is, Weed and Delta 8 THC couldn’t be more different!

What is Weed?

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Weed, or marijuana, herb, pot, ganja, Mary Jane (you get the idea), is a plant that has been a part of many cultures worldwide for centuries. When someone consumes weed (whether by smoking, eating, or any other way), it results in specific psychoactive or mind-altering effects that can be described as intoxicating. The compound delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol causes that intoxication and is found in the resin produced by the cannabis plant.

Related Article: What is the difference between Delta 9 and Delta 8 THC?

In the hemp world, there is an array of popular compounds to choose from. Some prefer Delta-8 THC, while others lean more towards hemp-derived Delta-9.

Still, a portion of consumers that don’t consider themselves an enthusiast may wonder—what is the difference between Delta 8 THC and weed?

If you have thought about this, you are not alone.

In this article, we will break down the legal distinctions of cannabis, the advantages of choosing hemp, and how to find quality products.

Let’s dive in! 

What is Delta 8?

Delta 8 THC is a very special cannabinoid that could potentially bridge the gap between compounds like CBD and marijuana. It has it's own effects that can't be described as overly similar to that of CBD or Delta 9 THC.

Pure Delta 8 THC

Over the past year, Delta 8 has gained significant popularity in the cannabis community, with a promising future for relaxation purposes and medical research. Users describe their experience on Delta 8 as a unique feeling of euphoria with an uplifting and relaxing body sensation.

Want to know more? We completely breakdown this compound in What is Delta 8?

Effects of Delta 8

Delta 8 THC Effects

Because Delta 8 THC binds differently to the brain's CB receptors compared to the likes of Delta 9 THC (cough cough weed), it exhibits “lower psychotropic potency.” Without sounding all science-y, that means that those who have experienced adverse side effects when consuming weed (for example, high levels of anxiety and paranoia) should not see those effects when consuming Delta 8.

This lack of potency, wider accessibility, and euphoric effects have led many cannabis users to switch over to Delta 8 over weed.

As always, We encourage you to try out some of our top-notch Delta 8 THC products and are always willing to answer any questions you have! Do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or suggestions via our customer service line or any of our social media accounts.

Don’t forget that every purchase through Hometown Hero supports veterans, as we work heavily with the DAV and VFW.

What does Delta 8 feel like?

Even though hemp-derived Delta-9 has a lot of hype, let’s not forget about Delta 8 THC.

As popular as hemp-derived Delta-9 has become, Delta-8 THC has a group of consumers who prefer it over other cannabinoids.

For one, Delta 8 has been known to offer effects such as mild euphoria, relaxation, and an overall sense of wellbeing. It’s seen to have “lighter” effects compared to hemp-derived Delta-9.

Just remember cannabinoids affect everyone a bit differently.

There are some reports of Delta-8 causing an “overwhelming” feeling after consuming too much. But with time, these effects will go away.

An experience like this is avoidable as long as you start small. If you take too much, there is no way of going back—but consuming a low amount will allow you to find your “sweet spot.”

Before consuming Delta-8 or any other hemp product, seek medical advice from your physician. Once you have the thumbs up, feel free to try different cannabinoids and blends to find the right fit for you.

Finding the Best Delta 8 Products

If Delta-8 is legal in your state, and you decide to shop online, prepare to be bombarded with tons of brands to choose from.

At first, it may feel overwhelming—especially if you don’t know what separates quality from knockoff products—but we are here to help!

Certificate of Analysis

A key indicator that a product is safe to use is when it comes with a certificate of analysis (COA). COA’s are essential because this document ensures that the product is lab-tested and free from:

  • Harmful chemicals
  • Heavy metals
  • Pesticides
  • Residual solvents

Above are a few items on the certificate. To learn more about reading them and understanding the data, click over to another article to give you an in-depth explanation about COAs and how to read them.

Quality Assurance and Customer Support

Quality assurance (QA) is a process completed to determine if a product meets a specific standard, but it doesn’t stop there.

A company that truly cares about their customers' experience will be there to help—even after their product leaves the shelf.

Usually, companies are satisfied with sending out a product and moving on to the next customer.

However, that’s not how we roll.

At Hometown Hero, we pride ourselves on creating a solid product that goes far beyond normal expectations.

We care about our customers and want them to have the best experience possible. And to ensure this, we offer customer support with real people working in-house.

So if there is a problem with shipment, an unsatisfied order, or even a return with reasonable bounds, our team is here to help.

Differences in Legality: Hemp vs. Marijuana 

Hemp and marijuana are both the same species—cannabis. The two terms are merely different legal distinctions based on the concentration of Delta-9 THC.

Hemp has a concentration limit of 0.3% of Delta-9 THC on a dry weight basis, while anything above that limit will be considered marijuana.

But what established this law? The 2018 Farm Bill.

Before the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp was treated the same as marijuana, despite the versatility of this plant.

However, after this bill was passed, hemp was legally separated from marijuana, and hemp became federally legal—including all derivatives, extracts, and parts of the plant.

Today, consumable hemp products are legal in all 50 states and can be purchased in almost every city.

Although marijuana is legal in some states, it still is federally illegal and remains a Schedule l drug.

Since Delta-8 THC is hemp-derived, it doesn’t have as many legal restrictions as marijuana.

Marijuana can only be legally purchased and possessed in certain states, but it cannot be shipped across state lines.

Compared to Delta-8, it is legal in most states, can cross state lines, and can even be bought from the comfort of your home.

Delta 8 vs. Delta 9 THC

Now that we know the legal differences between hemp and marijuana let’s turn our attention to another question—what separates Delta-8 from Delta-9?

Both Delta-8 and Delta-9 can be derived from hemp.

The main difference between these compounds is where their double-bond is located.

Because of the slight difference in location, it affects the body differently, which is why many have reported feeling unique effects with each compound.

There have been past reports of Delta-9 feeling more noticeable in regards to euphoria and overall sense of wellbeing.

Of course, these are just a few effects that Delta-9 THC can promote, but results may vary.

Each person processes cannabinoids differently from the next, hence why different experiences can occur. For the ideal experience with hemp, it is essential to start small and note how you feel.

From there, you can alter the amount you take.

Weed VS Delta 8

Though marijuana and Delta 8 products might have properties familiar to one another of their chemical structure, the cannabinoids have entirely different effects. Because Delta 8 binds more weakly to the body's CB receptors, it has generally less potency and different effects in the body.

The most significant difference between these two is that Delta 8 is legal nearly nationwide! We can even ship most of our Delta 8 products directly to your front door step, of course, safely, securely, and discreetly.

Don’t know if Delta 8 is legal in your state? We made a complete breakdown state-by-state just for you! Is Delta 8 THC Legal?

Choosing Hometown Hero

When it comes to quality, there is no better brand than us.

Our vision was built on giving consumers the top tier hemp products.

To achieve this, we use small batch manufacturing practices, extensive lab testing, and only use the finest quality of American-grown hemp.

Whether you shop for Delta-8, hemp-derived Delta-9, or related accessories, a portion of the sale will be donated to veteran charities.

You deserve to have the total experience, and with Hometown Hero products—you get exactly that.

Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, you should choose the product that makes the most sense for you. While marijuana does have its place in the cannabis world, there is no argument that Delta-8 may be able to offer more.

For one, you can order it online, find it in most states, and of course, it is federally legal. If you don’t have consistent access to a dispensary, it may be worth giving Delta-8 or other hemp products a try.

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