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

As legalization is slowly sweeping through the country, advancements in cannabis research and development are happening at what feels like daily bases! We understand that keeping up with all of these new compounds and products can be overwhelming. To make y’all’s lives a bit easier, we took the time to break down the difference between two of the most highly purchased cannabinoids on the market, with only one of them being federally legal.

Delta 9 THC vs Delta 8 THC Chemicals

The latest craze in the cannabis community is Delta 8 THC. Delta 8 THC can be legally purchased in most states nationwide and isn't explicitly banned anywhere. The cannabinoid Delta 9 THC, the intoxicating compound found in marijuana, can only be purchased in a limited number of states where marijuana is already legalized. Though Delta 9 THC can be purchased from several states today, it's still not federally legal, unlike Delta 8 THC and CBD.  But your probably asking, how does Delta 8 THC compare to Delta 9 THC? They sound similar enough, but are they?

What the psychoactive effects of THC?

Before we get into the differences between Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC, we have to break down what psychoactive effects are.

Psychoactive effects are when a chemical substance acts upon the central nervous system and alters brain function, resulting in temporary changes in perception, mood, consciousness, and/or behavior.

Psychoactive effects felt after consuming Delta 9 THC heavy cannabis products cause the "high" you feel post-consumption. These intoxicating effects are comparable to the drunk feeling when drinking alcohol. If you live in a state where Delta 9 THC is legal, be sure to watch your consumption and know your limits!

What is Delta 8 THC?

If you have tried CBD but were unsatisfied with the lack of visceral effects or have used Delta 9 THC (you know, that stuff in weed) and have been overwhelmed by the results, then Delta 8 THC might be the perfect product for you.

Delta 8 THC is one of the latest cannabinoids gaining popularity in the hemp community. Growing interest from researchers and consumers has lead to the meteoric rise for this new chemical with many possibilities on the horizon. Because of the mild calming effects and unique, uplifting properties compared to the heavy and intense feeling when consuming Delta 9 THC, Delta 8 THC is quickly becoming many people’s new go-to cannabinoid for everyday purposes.

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What is Delta 9 THC?

Delta 9 THC or Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (pronounced: tet·ra·hy·dro·can·nab·i·nol) is the best-known psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana. It is the intoxicating factor that is capable of a variety of sensory and physiological effects, including feelings of euphoria, increased sensory awareness, and other changes in perception or mood.

While Delta 9 THC is not solely responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis consumption, it is the primary psychoactive component. Products with a high Delta 9 THC content can often be considered overly stimulating for inexperienced users. This is why most experts recommend testing out the effects first with smaller doses to feel the products out.

As farmers continue to study and develop more potent marijuana, they can increase Delta 9 THC’s dry weight in each harvest. This, along with changing the amounts of other cannabinoids in the plant, can change the effects.

Why would I choose Delta 8 THC over Delta 9?

Though they might sound similar, the difference between the effects of Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC couldn’t be starker. The way they interact with your body are completely different and lead to different effects.

According to the National Cancer Institute, Delta 8 THC exhibits “lower psychotropic potency” and binds differently to the brain’s CB receptors compared to its Delta 9 counterpart. This means that those who experience sensory overload and anxiety issues on Delta 9 THC are likely not to see the same adverse side effects when consuming Delta 8 THC.

Some people report that Delta 8 gives them a familiar feeling to that of Delta 9, but completely different when it comes to the lack of overwhelming psychoactive effects and potency. Many cannabis consumers have switched over to the new cannabinoid for that exact reason. On top of that, Delta 8 is federally legal and is widely accessibility to purchase Delta 8 THC products online and even have them shipped right to your door.

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Can I mix Delta 9 and Delta 8 THC?

Yes, of course, you can mix your Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC, or any number of cannabis products! If you take your legally purchased Delta 9 THC and mix it with Delta 8 THC, you could see the effects of both cannabinoids take action on your body. This is the same for mixing Delta 8 THC with the likes of CBD (a less visceral affect many of our customers are loving) or any two cannabis products!

Research the effects for any strain or type of cannabis you purchase. Many people mix and match different strains to get the perfect results they're are looking for. Just know your limits and experiment in moderation and always consult with a medical professional before experimenting on yourself. We all are just looking to have a good time and feel more relaxed after all!

Buy Delta 8 Online

Lucky for you, we have an ever-evolving collection of naturally derived Delta 8 THC products for you to choose from! With new and exciting products dropping every couple of weeks as we continue to expand our product library with various ways to take this cannabinoid. 

All of our products are grown naturally right here in the great state of Texas and can be discreetly shipped nationwide, right to your front door. 

If you have any suggestions, questions, comments, or concerns, we encourage you to reach out to us via our customer service email (store@hometownhero.com), phone line (512-551-0345), or any of our social media accounts, @HometownHeroCBD! We have our experts standing by to help you start your Delta 8 THC journey!

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