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What is delta-8 THC? How does it differ from delta-9?

What is Delta 8 THC?

Delta-8 (D8 or D-8) THC is a psychoactive substance found in the Cannabis sativa plant. It is one of over 100 cannabinoids produced naturally by the cannabis plant but is not found in significant amounts in the cannabis plant.


What are the potential benefits of D8 THC?

Delta-8 THC is known to have several potential benefits. Some of the most notable benefits linked to Delta-8 THC include its ability to stimulate appetite, help with pain and inflammation, eliminate nausea in cancer patients, and provide a clearer-headed high compared to ordinary THC. It also has CBD-like benefits in terms of anxiety, pain, and inflammation.


How does Delta-8 Compare to Delta-9 THC (D9 or D-9)?

Delta-8 THC is like a middle ground between CBD and delta-9 THC. It does get you high but not over the edge; on top of that, it offers several health benefits typical of cannabinoids.


Is Delta-8 THC Legal?

The legality of Delta-8 THC still resides in a gray area. Cannabis is illegal on a federal level due to its delta-9 THC content, as stated by the Federal Controlled Substance Act, yet each state follows their own laws pertaining to medical and recreational use. Delta-8 THC can be extracted from either hemp or cannabis. Because of the 2018 farm bill, hemp can be legally grown and used for extractions all over the United States, making delta-8 legal in states where delta-9 THC is illegal at times.


Sources/further reading:

What Is Delta-8? Benefits, Risks And Safety – Forbes Health. https://www.forbes.com/health/body/what-is-delta-8-thc/ Accessed 4/8/2023.


What is delta-8? | Effects & Legality | Leafly. https://www.leafly.com/news/science-tech/what-is-delta8-thc Accessed 4/8/2023.


5 Things to Know about Delta-8 Tetrahydrocannabinol – Delta-8 THC. https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/5-things-know-about-delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol-delta-8-thc Accessed 4/8/2023.


Is Delta 8 THC Federally Legal in All State? - CFAH. https://cfah.org/is-delta-8-thc-legal/ Accessed 4/8/2023.


What Are The Benefits of Delta 8 THC? - CFAH. https://cfah.org/delta-8-thc-benefits/ Accessed 4/8/2023.





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