Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC are two different types of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that have similar molecular structures, but differ in the arrangement of their atomic bonds. Delta 9 THC is the most common cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant, while Delta 8 THC is found in small concentrations. Delta 8 is approximately twice as potent as Delta 9, and is often consumed in edibles such as gummies. The Farm Bill effectively legalized Delta 8 through a loophole that allowed the sale of hemp-derived products in areas where recreational use of cannabis was prohibited.
Currently, 15 states restrict the sale and use of Delta 8 products, and another 6 states have pending legal action. Delta 9 works by stimulating CB1 receptors found in areas of the brain associated with problem solving, motor function, motivation, and more. Users of Delta 9 report a slightly higher incidence of unwanted effects than those using Delta 8.This study found that Delta 8 can cause a less anxious or potentially paranoid high than average THC marijuana. The process of extracting, isolating, converting and refining dried cannabis flower is the only way to produce a significant amount of Delta 8.Many people find Delta 8 to be more pleasant and effective than Delta 9, which is said to cause unwanted side effects such as anxiety and paranoia.
Delta 10 THC is also synthesized in a laboratory, but it comes from Delta 9 THC instead of CBD. This process creates a distillate that can be refined enough to be composed of 99% Delta 8 or less if desired.