One of the newest products in the cannabis industry is delta-8 THC. There’s some confusion about what delta-8 THC is, and we wanted to help clear things up. Here’s what you need to know about new delta-8 THC.
What Is Delta-8 THC?
Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is known as a psychoactive compound, much like delta-9 THC, which is the active ingredient in marijuana that affects users. The different between delta-8 and delta-9 THC lies in how it’s extracted from the legal forms of the cannabis plant.
Delta-8 THC occupies a middle ground between CBD and delta-9 THC, affecting users with less potency than delta-9 THC. Users can consume delta-8 products in the same way they do delta-9 THC, and you can find trace amounts of delta-8 in CBD and hemp, which are both legal.
Is Delta-8 THC Legal?
Questions about the legal status of delta-8 THC are difficult to answer because the laws regarding delta-8 are changing rapidly. At this time, delta-8 THC is legal in 32 states, and you can find out if your state allows delta-8 through a quick Google search.
But why is there such a divide between states? Much of the basis for outlawing cannabis products comes from a law that says cannabis or hemp products cannot contain more than 0.3 percent of delta-9 THC. Delta-8 THC products don’t contain delta-9 THC but still have a psychoactive effect on users, thus the legal limbo of the product.
Does Delta-8 THC Get Users High?
Delta-8 THC has a similar chemical makeup as delta-9 THC and gives a similar effect to users: euphoria, relaxation, and sometimes pain relief. It also has the same side effects, such as red eyes, memory loss, and anxiety.
But delta-8 THC is not as potent as delta-9 THC, which is why it’s legal in more states. Regardless, the FDA has not evaluated delta-8 THC and its effects and recommends practicing caution when using it, even if it is legal where you live.
Benefits and Advantages of Delta-8 THC
If delta-8 THC is legal in your state and you are thinking about using it, consider the benefits and disadvantages of using delta-8 THC products.
- Milder alternative to delta-9 THC
- Legal in more states than delta-9 THC
- Can cause feelings of euphoria, relaxation, and pain relief
- Illegal in 28 states and more likely are to follow
- It comes with the same side effects as delta-9 THC
- Synthetically manufactured and not approved by the FDA
We hope you’ve learned what you need to know about delta-8 THC and how it’s similar and different from delta-9 THC. If you choose to use delta-8 THC, consult local laws beforehand and use caution.
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