Delta-8 is the new craze in the cannabis industry. But what is it and is it legal?
What is Delta-8 THC?
The cannabis plant has hundreds of cannabinoids, such as CBD and THC. Another cannabinoid is Delta-8 THC.
Wait, but what’s THC and how is it different from Delta-8 THC?
THC or Delta-9 THC is the THC you are probably most familiar with. It’s the THC you hear about in marijuana or weed. It’s the cannabinoid that is mostly illegal in the United States, minus a few states who have legalized THC. People have a love and hate relationship with THC, because THC may (not in everyone; each person reacts differently to THC) cause paranoia, elevated anxiety, or dizziness. THC may also make you feel “stoned” which is one reason people have moved to CBD.
So, what is Delta-8 THC?
Delta-8 THC is another cannabinoid in the cannabis plant, but it has a different chemistry component than Delta-9 THC. Due to its chemistry, Delta-8 THC should not make one feel paranoid, dizzy or stoned. However, you may heel when using Delta-8 THC. I feel a body high with Delta-8. If you do experience a mind high or stoned feeling from Delta-8 THC you may have taken more than the recommended dose, your product may have more than the legal Delta-9 limit, or you are highly sensitive to THC. Each person reacts differently to Delta-8, so start low (I suggest no more than 10mg your first time). Remember it takes a few hours for a gummy to digest, so do not think it's not working.
Delta-8 THC may help you with*:
- And Appetite
I consider Delta-8 THC the light version of Delta-9 THC. Another way to think about is, if you enjoy going out and taking shots, you may like Delta-9 THC. But if you rather but rather sip wine at home, then you want Delta-8 THC.
Delta-8 THC has shown to be*:
Less anxiety provoking
Leave you more clear-headed
Smoother / less potent than Delta-9 THC
a Manageable feeling
What is Delta-8 THC good for?
- If you find little relief from CBD, but don’t want to use THC
- Low tolerance for THC
- Need a stronger way to manage anxiety or pain (that's not THC)
Do be aware, that Delta-8 THC can have the legal amount of Delta-9 THC under the Farm Bill Act of 2018, which is 0.3%. Which means if you get drug tested, be careful.
Delta-8 For Sleep:
My experience trying a Delta-8 THC Indica Gummy for Sleep:
Is Delta-8 THC legal?
Great question! It’s definitely a question that’s being discussed in detail. The answer: it depends.
Yes, Delta-8 is legal in a majority of US states. However, Delta-8 remains illegal in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montanta, Rhode Island, and Utah. This list continues so check back!
Can you recommend a safe Delta-8 THC product to try?
Check out my experience trying a Delta-8 THC Sativa Gummy:
If you have any questions or comments, drop them below!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.