What is the Difference Between Delta 8 and Delta 9?

What is the Difference Between Delta 8 and Delta 9?

With the new and increasing popularity of Delta 8, many people are wondering, “What is the difference between Delta 8 and Delta 9?" While these compounds are both derived from Cannabis plants and are very similar in their chemical makeup, they are different in the effects they produce. At low enough levels of concentration, Delta 8 THC is federally legal in the United States because it is derived from Hemp. Delta 9 THC is generally extracted from Marijuana and is still illegal on a federal level.

What Is Delta 9?

Delta 9 is Tetrahydrocannabinol, more commonly known as THC. THC is a substance found in Marijuana. This chemical is one of over 60 different cannabinoids (just a fancy word meaning it comes from Cannabis). Delta 9 THC is the psychoactive component in Marijuana that produces that “high” feeling. THC, like CBD and other cannabinoids, works within the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS affects many bodily functions including pain response, mood, memory, sleep, reproduction and immune response.

What Is Delta 8?

Delta 8 THC comes from Hemp and must contain no more than 0.3% Delta 9 THC to be federally legal. This Cannabis compound provides many benefits including promoting a sense of calm and relaxation in users. Hemp Bombs® offers premium Delta 8 THC that is derived from the best Industrial Hemp that is always grown on sustainable farms in the United States. Our Delta 8 THC products including our popular Delta 8 Gummies are produced in-house in our FDA-registered facility located in Tampa, Florida. We have a team of experts that constantly monitors product development to ensure the best, most consistent results for our customers. And it doesn’t stop there. We also use a third-party lab to ensure the safety and content of our Delta 8 products. View results by batch number on our lab testing page.

What Is the Difference Between Delta 8 and Delta 9?

The chemical compounds of these two THCs are almost exactly the same, with the only difference being the location of a double bond in each molecular structure. For Delta 9, the double bond is on the 9th chain of the carbon atom, and for Delta 8, the double bond is on, you guessed it, the 8th chain. Ok, enough of the science already. 

While Delta 8 and Delta 9 are both forms of THC, they seem to affect people differently, with Delta 8 being more gentle than Delta 9. Delta 8 may produce some mild intoxicating effects, but Delta 9 is stronger, producing what many people refer to as “high.” Because Delta 8 is less potent, it seems to have more of a calming effect without the intense anxiety and paranoia that can sometimes accompany Delta 9 THC. (https://jcannabisresearch.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s42238-021-00115-8)

We hope we helped you get a better idea of the difference between Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC. Shop Hemp Bombs Plus and try some tested and trusted Delta 8 THC products. We conveniently deliver our products right to your home.


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