In this short article we take closer look at Delta 8 THC and how it compares to Delta 9 THC. The intent is to help you make a decision on which one might be better for you.
Cannabis is popular because of two plants, Marijuana and Hemp. Marijuana is famous for it’s “head high” from the molecule Delta 9 THC, while Hemp is known for a “body high” from the molecule Cannabidiol or CBD. But there is another Hemp derived molecule gaining in popularity that does a little bit of both, it’s called Delta 8 THC.
So what is D8 THC?
Delta-8 THC is another form of THC that offers similar effects like D9 THC in terms of helping with appetite, nausea but with a smoother much less intense and much more tolerable head high. It also delivers a nice body high similar to CBD which is why it’s becoming so popular. Users are able to experience the best of both worlds.
The D8 molecule structure is slightly different than D9 and to learn more about that read this article. The main difference is the location of the a double bonds between carbons. On the D9 thc the double carbon is between delta 9 and delta 10. On the d8 thc the double bond is located between delta 8 and delta 9.
How are the effects of Delta-8 different than Delta-9 THC?
The D8 molecule has an affinity to the endocannabinoid systems CB2 receptors. The CB2 receptor is primarily found on immune system cells. They are also found on the spleen, bone and liver cells. Also to a lesser degree on the brainstem and hippocampus.
When you ingest D8 the molecule binds primarily to the CB2 receptors and to a lesser degree the CB1 receptors which are more active in your brain. This why you tend to have less of a ‘head-high’ and more of ‘body-high’.
The D9 molecule on the other hand has higher affinity towards the CB1 receptors which are mostly located in the central nervous system and the brain. This why you get the “head-high” and some times feel disoriented.
Depending on the potency it can get you super high where it starts to have negative effects like paranoia, extreme anxiety, and couch lock.
Both D9 and D8 are THC. They both can be incredibly beneficial for reducing nausea, stress, feelings of sadness, and inflammation. But if you take too much or use higher potent D9 strains then the you may have an unpleasant experience.
Here’s an analogy I heard that helped me to visualize the differences. Think of D9 as a double of 100 proof whiskey, while D8 is more like a glass of soothing glass of wine.
Delta-8 is a best of both worlds situation. For avid D9 users who are looking for something a little more mild then D8 is the answer. For CBD users looking for a little more kick but don’t want the full effects of D9 then D8 is answer.
here in Wisconsin where Delta-9 is still considered a no-no, many people are finding that legal Delta-8 suits their needs just find.