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Delta-8 vs. Delta-9: Comparing Types of THC

A farmer examines the new harvest of a hemp field. SasinT Gallery / Getty Images "Delta 8" has become a bit of a buzzword in the cannabis industry and the community health sphere. But what exactly is delta-8, and how is it different from "regular" cannabis?

Here, we’ll explore more about THC and break down delta-8 vs. delta-9 . What Is Delta-9?

Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-9-THC) is a psychoactive compound produced by the Cannabis sativa plant when heated. The cannabis plant can produce hundreds of psychoactive chemicals — chemicals that can cross the blood-brain barrier and produce psychological effects — the most famous of which is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

THC comes in different forms known as isomers. Isomers are compounds with the same molecular formula — in the case of THC, C 21 H 30 O — but different arrangements of atoms. The different arrangements of atoms can cause isomers to behave differently.

When people talk about THC, they’re usually referring to delta-9-THC. Delta-9-THC is the most-studied THC isomer, and pure delta-9-THC for different medical conditions can be prescribed by doctors as dronabinol when encapsulated with sesame oil. Legal medical cannabis is used for chronic pain relief, appetite stimulation and nausea relief. What Is Delta-8?

Delta-8 THC is a double-bond isomer of tetrahydrocannabinol. Compared to delta-9-THC, relatively little is known about delta-8, and it has not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Despite the lack of research surrounding the safety of delta-8, the drug is fairly popular. That’s because of a […]

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