You might have heard of CBD and THC but did you know that there are different versions of THC? There exist different extracts from the Hemp plant which include CBD and THC. Just like CBD has CBG, THC has Delta-9 and Delta-8 and now Delta 10. So, here is some important information about the difference between CBD and Delta 8 THC; and why this is something you might want to try.
What is CBD?
CBD stands for “cannabidiol”; which is the second-most abundant Cannabinoid molecule naturally occurring in the cannabis or hemp plant. The most abundant molecule in the cannabis or hemp plant is of course THC. This is the psychoactive chemical that makes users feel “high” which CBD does not do. According to the US National Library of Medicine CBD does have an impact on the brain. However, according to studies it interacts with the brain's pain receptors. Although there are things still unknown, researchers are discovering more and more everyday about CBD.
The most popular way of taking CBD is through CBD Tinctures. You are able to take CBD Oil sublingual which means you add it under your tongue then swallow. Other popular methods include using CBD Topicals which are lotions, balms, and creams. Also, you are able to smoke or vape certain types of CBD. You will only want to vape or smoke certain types of CBD which would be labeled specifically for that use.
Different Types of CBD
One of the biggest reasons why the hemp plant is used for CBD is because it produces a lot of it. The cannabis plant produces more THC than CBD, but still produces CBD. Therefore, full spectrum CBD is popular because it foregoes a lot less of the extraction process. This helps keep all the natural occurring components within the hemp plant which can be found in products like CBD Flower. CBD is just one of many cannabinoids but it’s also one of the most abundant.
Other cannabinoids that are similar to CBD include - CBN, CBC, and CBG. These are compounds that exist within the hemp plant but are produced in low levels. Therefore, because they are not produced in such high amounts like CBD they are not as popular. The major difference between CBD and CBG is how it reacts with our bodies Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Another extract that hemp produces in low quantities includes Delta 8 THC.
What is Delta-8 THC?
Delta 8 THC is one of the 100+ cannabinoids in hemp. Processors extract and do their processes to concentrate it since it only exists naturally in small percentages within the flowers. Like other cannabinoids, it interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system to bring on its psychotropic effects. So keeping in mind the difference in the natural quantities of Delta 8 in hemp; but when concentrated it interacts with the nervous system similarly to Delta-9 THC.
The big difference between Delta-8 and Delta-9 is in the chemistry. The location of the double bond is the 8th carbon atom in Delta-8 THC; and the location of the double bond is the 9th carbon atom in Delta-9 THC. This causes the THC to react differently with the endocannabinoid system. These small differences make a big difference in the way we react to Delta-8 THC. Our Delta-8 products sold under Delta Effex come from hemp.
Similarities Between Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC
Although Delta 8 THC is not considered marijuana it has many similarities to Delta 9 THC. Both products are capable of producing a high which can affect your cognitive ability. However, Delta 8 THC is reported to be a lot less intense. People who normally get anxiety from marijuana have reported to not get much anxiety from Delta 8 THC. Also, it’s important to note that Delta 8 THC has less than 0.03% of Delta 9 THC. The downfall is you’re still likely to fail a drug test from Delta 8 because it is THC. When drug tests are administered they tend to look for any type of THC and not a specific strain.
Other similarities include that you’re able to consume Delta 8 THC like you would marijuana products. There are Edibles, Tinctures, Vape, and Delta 8 Flowers. Although, Delta 8 THC has been around for many years it’s just now becoming popular. This is in part due to some states not wanting to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Therefore, people are looking for alternatives on how to get high without breaking the law.
Other Type of THC
Another lesser known cannabinoid is Delta 10 THC. This is also derived from Hemp and has similar effects to Delta 8 THC. An important thing to keep in mind is that Delta 10 is usually mixed in with Delta 8. This is to help balance out the concentrated effects from Delta 10 - to add a more hybrid effect. You’ll know if a product has a Delta 8 - Delta 10 blend because it will be clearly marked on the label.
You can also find variations of Delta 9 THC which is not from Hemp. These versions of THC include THCV and THCA. It can get a little overwhelming at first when you discover all the different versions of THC. However, without going into too much detail - here is a brief explanation. THCV produces a Sativa like high when taken in high doses; THCA exists in the Marijuana leaves and it’s non-psychoactive, but when it’s exposed to heat it can convert to the other versions of THC.
The Difference Between CBD and Delta 8 THC
- It is non-psychoactive
(doesn't get you high)
- It lightly binds CBD1 receptors
- High probability of not showing up on a drug test
- Low or undetectable amounts of THC
- Everyone reacts differently to it
- It is psychoactive
(can give you a head change)
- It binds CB1 Receptors
- High probability that it will show up on a drug test
- Low or undetectable amounts of CBD
- Euphoric head change
Where to buy Delta-8 THC
This product is fairly new so finding out where to buy Delta-8 THC can be difficult. Luckily one of the latest products from Savage Brands are Delta-8 Products. These products are potent with Delta-8 and are available for purchase on the Delta Effex website. Also, many local shops like Remediez carry both Delta 8 THC and CBD.
If you have ever used Cannabis (Marijuana) you know the type of head change it can give you. Delta-8 THC on the other hand can give you a less-foggy feeling. Also, it can give you a slight "buzz" but it won't be as potent as Delta-9 THC. If you’re transitioning from CBD to Delta 8 THC we recommend starting off with low dosages first. However, if you have experience with THC then you should fit right into Delta 8 THC.