Delta-8 vs Delta-9
These two cannabinoids are the main cannabinoids found in cannabis. They bind with the same receptors but produce different effects. What’s the difference between them? Read on to learn more!
The main psychoactive cannabinoid found in marijuana is known as Delta-9 THC. It binds with Cannabinoid Receptor type one (CB1) and produces the euphoric “high” that we know and love.
However, there is another main cannabinoid called Delta-8 THC that also binds with CB1 and has many of the same non-psychoactive effects as Delta-9, but doesn’t create a high. This leads us to wonder: what’s the difference between Delta-9 and Delta-8?
What Is The Difference Between Delta 9 And Delta 8 THC?
You may be asking yourself: “why do we even have Delta-8 THC?” Since it doesn’t produce a high, why would marijuana plants make this compound? Well, some believe that the cannabinoids found in marijuana plants bind with the CB1 receptors in order to protect them from THC! In other words, they’re keeping their “walls” nice and tight so that only delta-9 THC can get inside.
In addition to Delta-8’s non-psychoactive effects, it is also been reported that Delta 8 may actually show anti-inflammatory effects as well as pain relief. Now you might be asking yourself: what kinds of pain does Delta 8 help with?
Studies have shown that when applied topically or ingested orally, Delta 8 has been known to reduce neural inflammation in rats. This kind of inflammation is especially prevalent in the pain receptors in our central nervous system. Studies have also shown that Delta 8 THC has been known to reduce inflammation in the skin, joints, and other tissues.
One important thing to note about Delta 8 THC is that you can’t find this cannabinoid very easily if it’s not made in a lab setting! The delta-8 molecule isn’t found naturally throughout cannabis plants. Instead, scientists are the ones who actively create it for medical purposes. You can think of delta-8 as being synthetic whereas delta-9 is natural!
The Scientific Difference
Delta 8 is found at the 8th carbon atom chain in the THC molecule. Delta-9 is found at the 9th carbon atom chain in the THC molecule. D8 was first discovered in 1986 by Raphael Mechoulam in Israel along with his colleagues. Mechoulum is known as the Father of Marijuana Research for discovering the very first cannabinoid, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
There are three main types of cannabinoids found in marijuana plants: tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), and cannabinolidic acid (CBNa). Similar to Delta-8, CBNa doesn’t create a high because it does not bind with CB1 receptors throughout the brain. On the other hand, THCa turns into delta-9 THC when exposed to heat or light, which leads us to believe that this is why these cannabinoids are created by the marijuana plant!
Delta 8 may help improve neural inflammation as well as joint and skin inflammation. It’s also been said that delta-8 helps fight migraines, neuropathy, and clogged arteries. In fact, there were reports of Delta 8 THC being used to treat cancer patients with chemotherapy-induced nausea back in the 1980s. Though more recent studies have proved inconclusive.
Physical And Mental Experience
Both of these cannabinoids have very different effects on the body and mind. First of all, Delta 8 is only about 10% as psychoactive as its counterpart (Delta-9). This means that there’s a very slim chance that you’ll experience any “high” when consuming it.
When Delta-8 THC binds with CB1 receptors in the brain, it’s believed to produce anti-anxiety effects, appetite stimulation, pain relief, and mood elevation while decreasing nausea or vomiting after chemotherapy treatments. This is why people suffering from things like depression, anxiety disorders, chronic pain, nausea/vomiting related to cancer treatments, etc., often seek medical cannabis treatment!
However, doses of Delta-8 are typically 5x higher than that of delta 9 since it doesn’t cause the same mind-altering effects that delta 9 causes!
The most common effects of Delta-8 are anti-anxiety, appetite stimulation, anti-emetic (anti-nausea), and mood elevation. People use it to help relieve symptoms of HIV/AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, glaucoma, anorexia, migraines, peptic ulcers, hypertension, and seizures.
That’s the big difference between the two: one produces a high while the other doesn’t. You’ll also notice that they don’t bind with CB2 receptors as much as Delta 9 binds with them. This is why you will typically see these cannabinoids used to treat inflammatory conditions such as Crohn’s disease or arthritis!
THC can cause dizziness and drowsiness so this may vary depending on the strain but generally, Delta-8 is less psychoactive than Delta-9. This means that you won’t experience as much drowsiness or other negative side effects.
One of the main downsides to Delta-8 is that there’s a chance of it increasing your heart rate and blood pressure. So, if you want to avoid these kinds of side effects, make sure you start with very low doses; we recommend 0.5 mg for starters! You can always increase your dosage as time goes on and you see fit!
As far as food interactions go: you won’t typically have problems consuming Delta 8 orally (if taken in an edible)! To be on the safe side, though, we recommend speaking with a medical professional before making this decision! Some foods may reduce or even enhance the way that Delta 8 will affect you so it’s important to take these interactions into consideration.
You’re going to need a high tolerance in order to take Delta-8 orally! The cannabis community typically refers to this as a “body high” which means that it’s not going to be super intense but you will likely notice a difference in the way your body feels and reacts to the drug!
Delta 9 THC, on the other hand, is 10x more psychoactive than delta 8 so you’ll experience effects such as anxiety and paranoia much more intensely than with delta 8. It also binds with CB2 receptors more than Delta 8 THC does so it has shown promise when treating inflammatory conditions such as Crohn’s disease and arthritis. That being said, we recommend consulting with a doctor before trying this!
In order to get a strong enough dose of Delta-9 for medical purposes, you’re going to need a high tolerance. As mentioned before, this cannabis compound is 10x more psychoactive than the other so there’s a chance that you could suffer from things like anxiety or paranoia! That being said, if your tolerance is low enough, it may be possible to take small doses of naturally occurring delta-9 THC to help with things such as nausea and vomiting associated with cancer treatments.
Currently, the legal status of these compounds differs by state and country. In the US, legislation is working to allow for its use in certain situations but until things are more clear, the general rule of thumb is, don’t consume unless you live in a state or country where it’s legal!
According to the farm bill, delta-8 THC will be federally legal and will be available for sale and possession only if it passes the 0.3% THC mark. If the hemp flowers have less than 0.3% THC, then they will be considered legal in all 50 states of the US.
Except 11 states have recently declared all hemp illegal. So make sure to check with your lawyer about the legality status in your area before ordering your hemp.
Delta 9 THC is illegal in all forms. And only in extreme conditions, with a medical practitioner’s license, it is allowed for serious patients to use under medical guidance.
Does It Show On The Drug Test?
When consumed orally, delta 8 THC will not show up on a drug test. When consumed via other methods, the delta 9 THC will be metabolized into higher cannabinoids which can then show up on your drug tests.
There’s still some research that needs to go into this but it appears as though oral consumption of delta-8 does not cause any metabolites to appear even after extended periods of time so if you need proof for your job, orally consuming delta 8 is your best bet!
The only way your cannabis consumption would be revealed to a tester would be if you had high levels of THC.
The Final Word…
It appears as though delta 8 THC is a safer alternative to delta 9 where medical use is concerned! If you’re only using cannabis for recreational purposes, D8 is better and safer than D9.
Delta 8 from Mr. Hemp Flower and delta 9 both have their own distinctive effects which may vary depending on your tolerance levels or the type of cannabis that you’re consuming. If you’re interested in delta 8, we recommend starting off with a lower dose and working your way up to the recommended.
If you’re consuming cannabis for serious medicinal purposes. Then delta 9 is better since it’s fast affecting and also helps in treating inflammatory-related conditions.
So, if you’re looking to treat anxiety or inflammation, then delta 9 is the way to go. If you’re only looking for a recreational experience that won’t leave you feeling paranoid. Then delta 8 is probably better for you!
Knowing which compound does what can help you make better decisions. Whether it’s choosing your strain of cannabis or buying hemp-derived CBD products. Both compounds offer benefits and both compounds do not need to be grouped together for these benefits. They are simply different.
Stay safe and happy vaping folks! And if we could leave one last piece of advice…always start low and go slow because nobody wants to be overwhelmed by something as incredible as cannabis!