It has only been a few years since the beneficial remedies associated with CBD emerged. Most commonly, CBD has been observed as an aide to curb anxiety, reduce inflammation, and even ease chronic pain. It was a long-awaited win for many people when it hit the market.
If you use CBD, whether by ingesting gummies or tinctures or with organic hemp flower, then you likely have first-hand experience with the benefits. However, you may have also noticed that, unlike THC, there are no psychoactive feelings associated with CBD products.
That’s because CBD isolate products don’t contain THC.
Enter Delta-8, a cannabinoid that acts as the middleman between THC and CBD. Delta-8 THC has a slightly different chemical structure to Delta-9 THC which makes it a lot less potent but still provides that “high” feeling. And though CBD and Delta-8 share some benefits, they are not the same.
Delta-8 IS DERIVED FROM THC
A major difference between the two cannabinoids is the fact that Delta-8 is derived from tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This laborious process essentially results in an isomer that is far less potent than its original cannabis source plant but still contains trace amounts of the THC chemistry. Think of it this way: Delta-8 THC’s impact is similar to CBD, but provides its users a mild sense of euphoria, less intense than standard (Delta-9) THC.
IS ONE BETTER THAN THE OTHER?
Delta-8 THC and CBD are certainly comparable products designed to help an individual relax, first and foremost, but they are NOT the same product, and it is difficult to say one is better than the other. Largely, the answer to this question comes down to the individual. If you are looking for that extra bit of euphoria affiliated with your hemp product, then Delta-8 THC might be ideal for you.
Ultimately, both products serve their respective purposes, and you don’t necessarily have to choose between one or the other. We do recommend that when testing each product out, you give each cannabinoid its respective time to interact with your endocannabinoid system.
IS Delta-8 LEGAL?
You might also be wondering if Delta-8 is legal. The short answer is, yes! However, laws are in a constant state of change and can vary state by state. Make sure to check out your state’s rules and regulations regarding the use of Delta-8 THC.