What is Delta-8 THC? Your Questions Answered

Delta 8 is creating quite a buzz in the cannabis industryIt’s the hottest thing in the legal market right now and with good reason! So what exactly is Delta-8 THC? Delta 8 is a psychoactive cannabis compound found in the cannabis plant. It has a similar chemical makeup to its famous older cousin Delta 9, the cannabinoid we all know as THC. The genetic difference between the two is a shift of one single carbon (Delta 8 having a double bond on the 8th carbon in its chain and Delta 9 having a double bond on the 9th carbon in its chain). 

Credit to Brian Peterson of CBDOilUsers.com. Two chemical structures are drawn out with delta-8 thc on the left and delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol

Under United States federal law, this tiny shift creates a huge shift in the legality of the two cannabinoids. With similar psychoactive effects to Delta 9 THC, cannabis entrepreneurs are taking advantage of the Delta 8 loophole by selling Delta 8 cartridges, flower, distillates, and edibles in states where hemp possession is legal. 

 

Is Delta-8 THC legal? 

The legality of Delta 8 is hazy. Under the 2018 Federal Farm Bill, the distinction between marijuana and hemp is based on the plant’s Delta 9 THC levels. Any plant with under 0.3% Delta 9 THC falls into the legal hemp category while any plant with over 0.3% Delta 9 THC falls into the illegal marijuana category. This means that any cannabinoid derived from hemp falls within this definition, creating a legal loophole for selling Delta 8. However, 12 states have already created laws making Delta 8 illegal. 

  • Illegal: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, Rhode Island, and Utah.  
  • Legal: AlabamaCaliforniaConnecticutFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIllinoisIndianaKansasKentuckyLouisiana, MaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMissouriNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasVermontVirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyoming 

It is also important to note that Delta 8 will show up on a drug test because tests will not differentiate between the two cannabinoids. In either case, CBD and Delta 8 products might contain enough Delta 9 to cause a person to fail a drug test.  

Will Delta-8 THC get you high? 

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Unlike CBD, Delta 8 is psychoactive and produces a similar yet less potent euphoric high to Delta 9 THC. The science on the subject is limited but, people have reported that the Delta 8 high doesn’t cause the same paranoia as its more intense older cousin. Instead, users describe an anxiety-free, clear-headed high that leaves you elevated, calm, and giggly. Delta 8 also has similar medical benefits to Delta 9 such as reduced nausea and pain relief. For anyone with high anxiety or a low tolerance, Delta 8 might be the high you’ve been dreaming of! 

 

Is Delta-8 THC safe? 

According to the National Cancer Institute, delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol contains many medicinal benefits such as being antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and containing neuroprotective properties. Although Delta 8 seems like a promising cannabis alternative, the research on Delta 8 is limited. Until further testing is done, confirming that the cannabinoid is completely safe for human consumption isn't possible. However, evidence shows that no measurable harm has been linked to Delta 8 consumption so far.  

 

Where is Delta-8 available? 

Delta 8 can be found online, in hemp shops, and in places where CBD is sold. Delta 8 can be infused into cartridges, flowers, distillates, and edibles. If customers come in asking about accessories to pair with their Delta 8, below are several pairing suggestions:  

 

Delta-8 Concentrate Cartridges 

Concentrate cartridges containing Delta 8 distillate have quickly become the preferred method of Delta 8 consumptionWhen purchasing, its important look for certain factors such as clarity and color to ensure you’re getting a premium product that only contain ingredients found naturally in hemp. Most Delta 8 cartare 510 thread and designed to be universally compatible with a wide array of batteries. 

A white female hand with red nails and a black long sleeve shirt with a thumb hole is holding the black Ooze Slim Twist Pro above a gray tile floor. The wax pen has a matching matte atomizer for delta 8 concentrate.

We suggest pairing a Delta 8 cartridge with the Slim Twist Proso customers will have the option to use a pre-filled cartridge or fill with distillate. If a customer is looking for a sleek and stylish smoking experience, we suggest using the Ooze Novex. It has multiple heat settings and an automatic shut-off function for added protection.  

  

Delta-8 Distillate 

Delta distillate is derived from hemp and can be used many different ways. You can dab it out of a rig, fill a pen, add it to a joint, or add a drop under your tongue.  Dabbing Delta-8 distillate provides similar relief to Delta THC without being as overwhelming. When purchasing, it is crucial to get Delta 8 distillate that is free of bleaching agents and any other harmful additives. The Ooze Comet eRig is a great option for a quick and easy dabbing experience. This electric rig is small & portable and comes with a built-in silicone stash jar perfect for storage. Another great option is the Ooze SluggerDabbin Dugout. This is perfect for anyone looking for a clean dab on the go! 

 

A white female hand is holding the black Ooze Drought Dry Herb Vaporizer in front of a bouquet of red and white flowers. The digital screen is on, and it is held on a slight angle.

Delta-8 Flower 

Although the typical cannabis plant only contains a small quantity of Delta 8, growers have created an infusion process that involves spraying hemp with Delta 8 distillate. This process results in potent Delta flower that offers a relaxing head high and health benefits such as nausea relief. For a smooth smoking experience, we suggest pairing Delta 8 flower with the Drought Dry Herb Vaporizer Kit. This compact and easy-to-use vaporizer is perfect to take on the go. If a customer is looking for a glass piece, we suggest checking out the Cranium Silicone Water Pipe & Nectar Collector that can be used as both a bong or as a dab rig! For an enhanced rolling process, we suggest breaking down Delta-8 flower with the 2-in-1Grinder Tray.  

 

Delta-8 Gummies 

For those with respiratory issues or a sweet tooth, Delta gummies are a great option to experience a smoke-free high. We suggest keeping some Delta gummies in a Ooze Traveler Smell Proof Wristlet so they are always close by! 

 

With all emerging ways to find Delta 8, it’s no wonder the hemp-derived cannabinoid is quickly gaining popularity. Although 12 states have already caught on to this legal loophole, Delta 8 is still being sold legally in 38 states! Move over Delta 9 THC, it's time for Delta 8's turn in the spotlight as the first legal cannabis buzz.

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