If you've been following the CBD and Hemp industry lately, you've likely been seeing a lot of buzz about Delta-8 THC. There is a lot of information about these products circulating at the moment, which can make it difficult to navigate when trying to learn about/purchase them. Below we've summarized what you need to know about Delta-8 THC before you buy.
So What Is It Anyway?
Delta-8 THC (Derived from Hemp) is a close cousin to Delta-9 THC, the compound in cannabis responsible for the psychoactive "high" it's associated with. According to the National Cancer Society, Delta-8 is defined as “An analogue of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties. [Delta-8-THC] binds to the cannabinoid G-protein coupled receptor CB1, located in the central nervous system…This agent exhibits a lower psychotropic potency than [delta-9-THC], the primary form of THC found in cannabis".There are subtle differences between Delta-8 and Delta-9-THC. They both contain double bonds in their molecular chain. Delta-8-THC contains that bond on the 8th carbon chain, while delta-9-THC contains the bond on the 9th carbon chain. Although it’s a subtle difference, it has noticeable effects on how the body’s endocannabinoid receptors bind and respond to the molecule.
Does It Get You High?
It can, though results vary by consumer. Delta-8 THC is considered psychoactive, and many consumers report a "high" that feels similar to what someone would experience from using Delta-9 THC (found in cannabis). The "high" is commonly described as similar to what one would experience from using cannabis, only less potent and often unaccompanied by the anxiety-like symptoms associated with cannabis use.
Is It Legal?
Hemp Derived Delta-8 THC is federally legal for consumption under the same part of the Farm Bill that allows for legal consumption of CBD. However, regulation of Hemp differs on a state by state basis. For this reason, you should ALWAYS check on the legality status in your home state before purchasing any product containing Delta-8 THC. The important distinction that makes Delta-8 THC legal for consumption is that it is hemp-derived. This makes it important to always make sure you are buying hemp-derived Delta-8 from a reputable source such. As of 12/30/2020, Delta-8 THC is illegal for purchase in 11 states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, Rhode Island, and Utah.
How Do I Use It?
The psychoactive effects of Delta-8 THC can be reached both by inhalation (Vapor), and consumption (Edible Treats/Gummies). Consumers report that effects can usually be felt within 20 minutes, and last between 60-90 minutes. Check out our hemp-derived Delta-8 products for sale at ExperienceCBD.com!
As long as Delta-8 THC is mindfully purchased with regards to local legality, and used responsibility, It make be just the thing for consumers looking for a safe & legal psychoactive "high".
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