Delta 8 vs THC: how do the two compare? Delta 8 is all the rage lately. This hot cannabinoid has exploded on the scene in recent years, and has state legislators fiercely divided. But what exactly is delta 8 and how does it compare to THC? Read on to find out, and be sure to check out our glossary if you need a refresher on all the different terms.
Delta 8: Origins
Delta 8 is a cannabinoid that occurs naturally in both cannabis and hemp. Comparatively, both CBD and THC (delta 9) are present in much higher percentages. Initially identified in the 1940’s by American chemist Roger Adams, delta 8 is really only a very small component of the cannabis plant. Because of this, delta 8 never really took off in the twentieth century. Who would want to take the time to isolate delta 8 from a ton of plants in order to produce a usable amount?
In 2002 Israeli chemist Raphael Mechoulam utilized a process called isomerization to convert CBD to delta 8. This was an absolute game changer; finally, scientists could produce delta 8 without using an absurd amount of plants. Unfortunately, cannabis and hemp laws in the US were still super strict, so Mechoulam’s innovation would not be used here in the States until much later.
Then, in 2018 the Farm Bill was passed, which legalized hemp on a federal level. Scientists knew they could use isomerization to convert the abundant, naturally occurring CBD found in hemp to delta 8. Finally, delta 8 became easy to manufacture in the States. Because of legal loopholes, delta 8 became a great alternative to THC. Today, delta 8 has taken the market by storm in both cannabis-legal and illegal states. (To learn more about US delta 8 laws, click here.)
On a state level, the laws that govern delta 8 are not necessarily the same as those which apply to THC. For some, this means that delta 8 is the only legal option for herbal refreshment. For others, delta 8 may be more accessible than legal recreational cannabis. After cannabis becomes legal, it can take months or years for dispensaries to open. Prices also start out much higher than traditional street value of pot (looking at you, $60 eighths!). Here at DVNT, our delta 8 is reasonably priced and can be delivered straight to your door.
Delta 8 VS THC Effects
Both delta 8 and THC interact with the endocannabinoid system. Our CB1 receptors are responsible for the high that we feel. Delta 8 is estimated to be approximately one quarter to one third less potent than traditional delta 9 THC. This difference in potency makes for a less anxious and paranoid experience. It also opens the door of getting high to a whole new audience.
The best part about delta 8 vs THC, is that you can enjoy as light or as heavy of a high as you would like. Depending on your consumption, you can experience a very mild, relaxed, and euphoric state; or, if you consume enough of it, you could have a very THC-like experience. Delta 8 is perfect for those looking to dip their toes into the art of getting lit, those looking for a mild zing to spice up their day, or those who want to puff at their leisure and sink into a more intense and THC-like state.
No matter how high you’re trying to get, we’ve got a great selection of blunts and prerolls to take you there. Choose from Blue Dream, Pineapple Haze, or Purple Punch blunts (my fave are definitely the Blue Dream!). If prerolls are more your speed, indulge in the Mindsifter Peach or the Shapeshifter Pineapple (I love the pineapple!). Try our selection and decide for yourself the difference between delta 8 vs THC.