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Delta-8 & Delta-9 THC: Explained

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Delta-9 THC is the common cannabinoid found in cannabis that is responsible for getting you high. It is one of the primary cannabinoids found in cannabis and only exists as trace amounts in hemp flower. This is the original cannabinoid that cannabis users know and love, and is sold in recreational and medically legal states. 

Due to the varying legal status of marijuana in many states, our Delta-8 and Delta-9 are extracted from hemp flower to comply with the 2018 Farm Bill. The 2018 Farm Bill states that hemp and hemp products contain “a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.” 

That means that there can be 3 milligrams of THC for every 1 gram of dry weighted product. If an edible weighs a total of 5 grams, there can be 15 milligrams of THC present in said product. As long as the THC is extracted from hemp, the product complies with the 2018 Farm Bill. 

This begs the question: How can Delta 9 edibles be legally sold? Technically, they fall under the rule above, and the weight of the edible is factored into the overall percentage of the THC in the product. That means if a piece of chocolate weighs 1000mg, it can legally contain 3mg of Delta 9 THC. 


Delta-8 THC versus Delta-9 THC


Both Delta-8 and Delta-9 are forms of THC. The chemical structure of Delta-8 and Delta-9 are almost the same—except for the chain-like bond of atoms, which occurs on the eighth carbon atom for Delta-8 and the ninth for Delta-9. 


For a traditional cannabis effect, Delta-9 is the suggested ingredient since this is the form associated with a traditional THC experience. Delta-8 offers a similar feeling as Delta-9 but is slightly less potent. Delta-8 anecdotally also has been shown to be slightly more sedative, and felt deeper in the body than Delta-9 THC. It’s thought that the two chemicals bind to the Endocannabinoid System differently due to the location of the bonded carbon atoms in their makeup, creating similar but slightly different effects. 

Interested in trying and comparing these two different forms of THC? Shop our Delta-8 and Delta-9 selection and let us know what you think!

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