Updated September 6th, 2020
It’s quite a time to be someone who is into cannabis. In a matter of a few years, hemp has become an enormously successful industry thanks to its star compound, CBD. Meanwhile, more and more states are legalizing cannabis use for recreational purposes.
With cannabis finally having its heyday, it’s not surprising that people are coming up with new ways to experience its various cannabis compounds. And that’s where Delta 8 and Delta 9 comes in. Delta 8 though, is a new and widely misunderstood cannabis derivative that’s highly controversial, to say the least.
Delta-8 and Delta-9: What to Know
Delta 9 THC is the cannabinoid in marijuana that gets us high. THC, being a cannabinoid, is processed by the endocannabinoid system. Just like CBD, CBN, CBG and other cannabinoids that are finally being researched independently of one another.
Delta 9 THC is very low in the hemp plant, which contains only about 0.3 percent of the compound. This is why hemp-based products cannot physically get you high, or get you arrested, or cause you to fail a drug test. In marijuana, there’s about 16 percent of the compound, hence its illegal status in federal terms.
Delta8 is a cannabinoid that occurs less abundantly, and it’s basically Delta9’s little sister. It’s still psychoactive, but less so than Delta8. In order to produce Delta 8 products, companies must use very advanced extraction and isolation methods to remove this compound from the rest of the plant’s chemical composition. Both cannabinoids are taken from the marijuana plant rather than the hemp plant.
Delta-8 seems to have many of the same properties as Delta-9, namely relating to mood, pain, and digestion. This is the main reason why so many people are gravitating toward it. And, its noted for producing a calmer high than that which THC provides.
However, Delta 8 and Delta 9 are both considered psychoactive compounds, so even if they’re different cannabinoids entirely, they will still both get you high.
Is One Safer Than the Other?
Here’s the thing – the general consensus is that cannabis has an excellent safety profile. However, that doesn’t mean that cannabis-based products necessarily are. Delta 8 remains a new product that requires human adulteration to produce products that can be packaged and sold. And the techniques used to produce it may be questionable.
The hemp industry, as we know, regulates itself very well, using lab testing and maintaining very high standards of manufacturing throughout the industry, from sourcing the plant material to extracting the compounds themselves. Delta8 does not have such high standards because it’s still a super niche industry that is marketed mainly toward existing cannabis enthusiasts. Therefore, we cannot verify that Delta 8 products you come across are safe, let alone legitimate.
Which One is Legal?
Neither Delta-8 nor Delta-9 are legal. Yes, Delta 8 may be available in stores, but that doesn’t mean that you can legally use it. As of right now, on the DEA list, it’s considered federally illegal according to the law.
Why CBD is Still the Right Choice
Clearly, if you wish to experience the effects of cannabinoids, CBD is the best choice. It’s legal, it’s deemed safe and it has lots of research behind it that gives us insight into what it will do when we consume it. And, it’s completely non-psychoactive, so it won’t get you high.