Difference Between Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC

Words like “cannabis” and “marijuana” can be misunderstood for being the same product so often, but they are actually very different. The word “cannabis” comes from the plant Cannabis sativa and refers to its derived products. The cannabis plant consists of more than 540 different chemical substances. Cannabis sativa plant contains considerable traces of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and parts or some specific items of this plant is known as marijuana or weed. THC affects an individual’s psychological state and is responsible for numerous other observable effects on one’s body. Although cannabis contains THC, some particular species of this plant contain almost no traces of THC.

Hemp and marijuana plants contain many ingredients that can have slight to moderate psychoactive effects. Be that as it may, when people talk about marijuana and its effects, they are simply pointing towards their main components– tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Numerous individuals search out THC for the various advantages that it gives, despite the fact that it’s also famous on an absolutely substance abuse level.

Delta-8 and delta-9 are the two types of THC or in words of chemistry, they are isomers of each other. In like manner utilization, Delta-9 THC is more famous and people generally seek its usage on a common basis. Although they differ in many aspects, they are somewhat similar in their structural formula and names. The chemical name for THC is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or delta-9 THC, or just delta-9 whereas Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol is commonly known as Delta-8 THC or just Delta-8.

What is Delta-8 THC?

Delta-8 THC is a main component or ingredient of cannabis that causes euphoria, gives you a psychoactive high, and creates a feeling of happiness, relief and other things. Generally marketed as the “light weed” and is sold as a component in a vape, in edible forms such as Delta 8 Gummies 1000 mg and even Delta 8 chocolates.

“Items that are made using Delta-8 THC must be synthetically produced,” clarifies Charlie Thompson, an expert cannabis botanist at Divine Hemps. “Manufacturers take the hemp or marijuana that has CBD as its ingredient and they add some acid (e.g., ethanoic acid/acetic acid) to it — or any chemical compound even more corrosive or stronger and poisonous — resulting in the transformation of CBD into Delta-8.”

What is Delta-9 THC?

Generally, THC represents delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. It is the principal psychoactive ingredient present in cannabis, which makes individuals feel high. Earlier also, cannabis was developed for its euphoric and helpful impacts, which are to a great extent ascribed to the THC particle or Delta-9 THC molecule.

Cannabinolic acid (plant produced precursor), when loses a carboxyl group due external influence like heat (cooking, burning, etc.), it gets converted into tetrahydrocannabinol or THC which is plant metabolite excreted for its defence against infested by insects and certain diseases.

What’s the difference?

Both of the THC’s have a slight structural difference. Delta-9 THC has a double bond on the 9th carbon, while Delta-8 THC has a double bond on the 8th carbon in the long tetrahydrocannabinol chain.

Delta-9 THC is commonly found in Cannabis sativa plants. It can be extracted directly from the marijuana plants and the process is usually simple and cheap. Extraction of Delta-8 THC is a bit of a complex process. Since the concentration of Delta-8 THC is far less as compared to Delta-9 THC, the extraction process requires a lot of effort. Delta-8 can be manufactured using CBD directly. So, Delta-8 products are now made with much ease.

Delta-9 is medically more potent. In comparison to Delta-8, it can have effects twice as strong. Delta-9 can make you feel paranoid, a sense of euphoria and side effects may include impaired motor abilities and upfolded anxiety levels. In contrast, Delta-8 is more subtle or, say, less psychoactive. Consuming Delta-8 tincture 5000 mg makes you feel calm and have more clarity. It makes you high, but not that enough to impair your motor abilities and focus. Also, Delta-8 acts slowly, while Delta-9 has a bit of rapid action.

Delta-8 is scientifically observed to be more structurally and chemically stable than Delta-9-THC. Since Delta-8 THC is an oxidative product, it can’t be further oxidized in air and hence is not easily degraded by any means. Therefore, it is more stable than Delta-9 THC, which isomerizes into Delta-8 THC with time.

Are there any benefits of using these THCs?

Delta 8 is more popular in the market among users due to its least toxic effects, legal availability and therefore is thought to be a game-changer. Also, people can choose, according to their personal needs, between Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC. People who genuinely want to feel relaxed without getting high, Delta-8 is a better option to consider.

Delta-9 THC helps reduce the antiemetic effect (feelings of nausea).  Studies have found that it also has some antihistaminic properties. Relaxing and soothing effects of this THC is making it more popular among people nowadays. If an individual is feeling uncomfortable after using Delta-9 THC, he/ she can try Delta-8 THC which is found to be more potent in reducing stress and anxiety in these conditions. Delta-8 THC is also helpful in reducing inflammation due to some injury in some body parts when used as a topical agent.