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THC

The close cousin of standard THC, but gentler on the mind and legal in most states.

Cannabis is a more complex plant than most give it credit for, including its main psychoactive compound, THC. What we usually think of as THC, which has been the main target of cannabis prohibition for decades, is delta-9-THC. But many people have been replacing it with its close cousin, delta-8-THC, with many reporting getting similar therapeutic properties, as well as some gentle psychoactive effects. Like delta-9-THC, it’s a naturally occurring cannabinoid—but unlike delta-9-THC, it’s available to purchase wherever hemp products may be purchased.

The similarities between the two cannabinoids lie in their chemical structures and their names. THC’s scientific name is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or delta-9 THC, or just delta-9. Delta-8 is short for delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol, or delta-8 THC. Delta-8 THC can cause effects similar to regular delta-9 THC—but they will be much less potent. 

What does Delta-8-THC feel like?

While delta-8-THC has similar effects to delta-9-THC, it’s said to virtually eliminate unpleasant side effects like paranoia.

It's effects are a perfect hybrid of CBD and delta-9-THC, giving it a similar buzz and all the medicinal effects of delta 9-THC without the laziness, anxiety, paranoia, or mental fogginess.

Experiences are going to vary from person to person, but for the most part it’s like a lighter version of delta-9-THC. It still has psychoactive effects, but they’re milder.

Delta-8-THC users report feeling far more active and outgoing with increased confidence and almost none of the anxiousness and paranoia associated with delta-9-THC usage.

Delta-8 vs. CBD

Delta-8 has more similarities to THC (delta-9) than CBD, both in its chemical structure and because it gets you high. Delta-8 THC binds to the body’s endocannabinoid system more like delta-9 THC. CBD doesn’t bind as readily to the endocannabinoid system, making it non-intoxicating, although CBD can offer medicinal benefits for the consumer.

If you are looking for effects similar to THC but with a reduced potency, Delta-8 may be for you. If you seek relief from certain symptoms and don’t want to get intoxicated, you may want to try a CBD product.

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