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IS DELTA 9 THC LEGAL?

Hemp-derived delta 9 THC is federally legal as long as its delta 9 THC content is less than 0.3% on a dry weight basis, according to the 2018 Farm Bill. In the US anyone over 21 can legally buy and possess hemp-derived delta 9 THC products as long as they meet the Farm Bill’s criteria.

What is Delta-8 THC?

Here’s Your Delta-8 FAQ Master List.

Delta-8 THC is the newest and fastest-growing cannabinoid craze in the world of marijuana. While recently creating a lot of buzz in the cannabis industry while making quite a significant name for itself right alongside longtime front runners delta-9 THC and CBD.

All of this attention has also brought on a lot of questions surrounding this new cannabinoid: What exactly is delta-8? How is it made? How does it make you feel? Is it safe to use? These questions (and more) are why we’ve compiled a delta-8 FAQ master list with all of the most up-to-date information about delta-8 you may need.

 

What is Delta-8 THC?

Delta-8 THC is a cannabinoid derived from the hemp (or Cannabis Sativa) plant. On a molecular level, delta-8 is very similar to delta-9 THC, which is the most prevalent cannabinoid in the cannabis plant. (Delta-9 is what people are referring to when they simply say THC.)

These cannabinoid ‘cousins’ both contain THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the chemical compound within the marijuana plant that is responsible for the psychoactive experience, or “high,” users feel after they smoke, vape, or ingest edibles.

The human body contains a system called the endocannabinoid system, or ECS, which reacts with the chemical compounds (cannabinoids) within the cannabis plant. The ECS has a role in regulating things like mood, appetite, sleep, and memory. Throughout the body, you can find different cannabinoid receptors––CB1 in the central nervous system and CB2 in the nervous system––that will bind with cannabinoids to produce the feelings we associate with using cannabis products (psychoactive or not.)

Though they are molecularly similar, there are still key differences to note between delta-8 and other cannabinoids. Currently, there are over 113 different cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. And while every cannabinoid will be molecularly similar in some ways, each one will have individual and unique ‘personalities’ when it comes to how they affect the human body.

Will Delta-8 THC Get You High?

Yes––but the experience will differ from person to person. Delta-8 has been hailed as the ‘bud light’ of cannabis since its THC content is so much lower than delta-9. (To put it in perspective, in terms of beer, think of CBD as non-alcoholic, delta-8 as a light beer, and delta-9 as a full-bodied, higher alcohol beer.) It’s important to note that although it is a lighter version of delta-9, it still does contain THC, so depending on your tolerance level it may affect you a bit more prevalently than others.

Additionally, a variety of external factors may also impact your personal experience with delta-8 products. These factors may include things like age, weight, sex, diet, physical health, and general tolerance. We recommend starting out with a single serving, paying attention to how your body reacts, and then adjusting your consumption depending on your personal needs.

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