Understanding the differences in molecular structure, production, legality, health effects, and side effects can help you be more informed in the cannabis market. Delta 8 THC’s double bonds are on the eighth carbon atom, while Delta 9 THC’s double bonds are on the ninth. This is where their names come from, it also determines how it interacts with the CB1 receptors in your body’s central nervous system. Since Delta 8 THC is found in lower concentrations in the cannabis plant, its extraction process from hemp takes more time and labor than traditional Delta 9 THC.
In terms of its “high,” Delta 8 produces a smoother and milder high, about less than half the intensity of Delta 9’s high. Delta 8 users may experience blissful, euphoric, and uplifting effects, similar to low doses of THC. Delta 9 works by stimulating CB1 receptors found in the front area of your brain such as the frontal cortex, which helps with problem-solving, motor function, motivation, and more.
The 2018 Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp production and products containing 0.3% Delta 9 THC by dry weight making these products 100% legal, but it is always recommended to check your state laws.