What Is Delta 8 THC?

In the world of hemp based supplements, Delta 8 THC is undoubtedly the biggest story of 2022. Useful for both recreational and therapeutic purposes, Delta 8 exploded rapidly in popularity because it produces an effect that you can really feel. That’s in contrast to CBD, which produces an effect that’s much less overt. Many top quality CBD brands like NuLeaf Naturals have released Delta 8 THC products over the past couple of years, and that’s driven millions of people around the world to ask one question: What is Delta 8? 

Reading this article, you’re going to learn the answer to that question and all of the other questions you’re likely to have about Delta 8 THC.

What Is Delta 8 THC?

Delta 8 Tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta 8 THC or just Delta 8) is one of over 100 cannabinoids that have been identified in cannabis. It’s similar to the most famous cannabinoid of them all – Delta 9 THC – but its molecular structure is slightly different.

Until Delta 8 products began to hit the market, most people simply referred to Delta 9 THC as “THC.” Delta 9 is only one form of THC, though, and the difference between them is that while the different THC molecules are composed of the same atoms, each one has a double bond in a different section of its carbon chain. Delta 8 THC has a double bond in the eighth “link” of the chain.

The similarity between the Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC molecules means that the effects they produce are comparable. However, people typically report that the effects of Delta 8 are milder than those of Delta 9.

How Is Delta 8 Made?

Delta 8 THC is a cannabinoid that occurs naturally in cannabis. However, it occurs at such low percentages that directly extracting the essential oils of cannabis flowers for their Delta 8 content – like we do for our CBD products – isn’t really feasible. 

Delta 8 isn’t just chemically similar to Delta 9 THC – it’s also similar to CBD. In fact, the three molecules are all isomers of one another and differ only in the locations of the double bonds between their carbon atoms. Therefore, it’s not necessary to obtain Delta 8 via a direct extract. Instead, we convert CBD into Delta 8 THC using a little chemical magic. Isn’t science great?

What Does Delta 8 Do?

As we mentioned above, the effects of Delta 8 feel similar to those of Delta 9 THC, but they’re considerably milder. You may experience feelings of relaxation and calmness. You may experience an uplifting or euphoric sensation. Some people report feeling very sedated when using Delta 8. If you’ve ever used cannabis containing Delta 9 THC, you know that the effects are often specific to the individual and may depend at least in part on that person’s tolerance to THC. The same is true of Delta 8.

Does Delta 8 Feel Like CBD?

No. CBD is non psychoactive and, for most people, produces no overt effect at all. Delta 8, on the other hand, produces an effect that you can definitely feel. CBD and Delta 8 are both great hemp wellness products, but people generally use them for different reasons. In terms of what you feel when using them, CBD and Delta 8 aren’t particularly similar.

Does Delta 8 Get You High?

Delta 8 is a form of THC, and it is a psychoactive cannabinoid. The strength of the sensations that you feel when using Delta 8 will depend at least in part on your tolerance to THC, and it’ll also depend on how much Delta 8 you use. Compared to Delta 9 THC, fewer people tend to report sensations of “couch lock” with Delta 8. In addition, Delta 8 typically doesn’t produce the feelings of anxiety and paranoia that characterize the overconsumption of Delta 9. Nevertheless, we advise against driving or operating heavy machinery after you use Delta 8.

Is Delta 8 Legal?

Delta 8 THC is legal in many places where marijuana isn’t. Due to the inconsistency with which cannabis products are often regulated, however, there are also some places where marijuana is legal and Delta 8 isn’t. Here’s a brief explanation.

  • If a cannabis plant contains a concentration of Delta 9 THC greater than 0.3 percent, it is considered marijuana and is a controlled substance. Marijuana is illegal according to federal law but is permitted for medical or recreational use in some states.
  • If a cannabis plant contains a concentration of Delta 9 THC less than 0.3 percent, it is considered industrial hemp and is not a controlled substance. Cannabinoid products derived from industrial hemp are likewise not controlled substances as long as those products also have a Delta 9 concentration below 0.3 percent. Therefore, Delta 8 products meeting those qualifications are legal according to federal law.
  • Although hemp derived Delta 8 THC isn’t a controlled substance at the federal level, some states have instituted regulations banning it. 

In summary, unlike Delta 9 THC, Delta 8 doesn’t have any laws banning it or making it a controlled substance at the federal level. However, state regulations may sometimes differ.

We do not ship Delta 8 products to California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia or Washington. Delta 8 regulations are evolving rapidly, though, and we’ll change our shipping policies as necessary in order to comply with state laws.

How Long Does a Delta 8 High Last?

People have reported feeling the effects of Delta 8 for anywhere from three to eight hours or even longer. How long a Delta 8 high lasts depends on many factors including the type of Delta 8 product you’re using and how much you use. It can also vary depending on your body’s metabolic rate. Our Delta 8 tincture gives you a balanced rate of absorption. When you hold the oil under your tongue, some of the Delta 8 absorbs quickly through your sublingual artery. After you swallow the oil, any remaining Delta 8 is processed by your digestive system.

Can Delta 8 Cause You to Fail a Drug Test?

Using Delta 8 products may cause you to fail a drug test designed to check for THC usage. A drug test doesn’t check your body for THC, and it can’t distinguish between the different types of THC. Instead, a drug test checks for the metabolites left over after your body has processed THC – and those metabolites will be present regardless of the type of THC you’ve used. We don’t recommend using any form of THC if you are subject to drug testing.

If you’re ready to try the world of THC products, shop NuLeaf Naturals Delta 8 THC oil.

 

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