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

With more and more advancements in cannabis research and development happening, (what feels like daily at this point) we understand keeping up with all of these new compounds and products can be a bit overwhelming for the everyday user. If you haven’t heard about it by now, one of the latest crazes in the community is Delta 8 THC.

Delta 9 THC vs Delta 8 THC Chemicals

Delta 8 THC can be legally purchased in most states nationwide but Delta 9 THC can only be purchased in a limited number of states for any use at all. 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 caused 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 in essence is the high you then feel. These intoxicating effects are comparable to the drunk feeling when consuming 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?

Delta 8 THC is one of the latest cannabinoids gaining popularity in the cannabis community, with a promising future in not only the recreational, but also medical field. With calming side effects and unique uplifting properties compared to the heavy and intense feeling when consuming Delta 9 THC (commonly found in marijuana) Delta 8 THC is quickly becoming many users new go-to cannabinoid.

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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 and 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 that come from cannabis consumption, it is the primary psychoactive component. As farmers continue to study and develop stronger marijuana, they are able to increase the dry weight of Delta 9 THC in each harvest. This, along with their ability to change the amounts of other cannabinoids in the plant, are able to change the effects.

Why would I choose Delta 8 THC over Delta 9?

Though they might sound similar, the difference between Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC are the way they react in two completely different ways in your body. According to the National Cancer Institute, Delta 8 THC exhibits “lower psychotropic potency” and binds differently to the brains CB receptors compared to it’s Delta 9 counterpart. What this means is that those who experience sensory overload and anxiety issues on Delta 9 THC are likely to not see the same negative side effects when consuming Delta 8 THC. Some users report that the feeling Delta 8 gives them is familiar to that of Delta 9, but completely different in most other ways and less potent in general. In fact, many cannabis consumers have switched over to the new cannabinoid for that exact reason, on top of its wider accessibility to purchase Delta 8 THC products nationwide.

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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! 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. Research the intended effects for any strain you purchase and don’t be afraid to mix and match different strains to get the perfect result you are looking for, just know your limits and experiment in moderation.


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