What is Delta 8?
Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol is a psychoactive cannabinoid found in the Cannabis plant. It is an isomer or minor chemical variant of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. THC or Delta 9 is commonly known as the compound controlled and over-regulated by state and federal governments.
Explaining precisely what delta 8 is and isn’t and how it differs from delta 9 is somewhat complex; however, we are here to break it all down. Welcome to Delta 8 101.
Delta 8 vs Delta 9
The truth is all cannabinoids are related in that they all evolve from CBGA cannabigerolic acid; some people refer to it as the mother of all cannabinoids. In the natural process of the hemp or marijuana plants, growth cycle CBGA is converted into the two main cannabinoids, CBD and THC, and then into other more minor cannabinoids, such as CBG, and CBN, and so on. There are at least 110 naturally occurring cannabinoids that are created during the process of a cannabis plant’s life cycle.
Another truth is that every cannabinoid other than delta 9 and CBD is considered comparatively minor in its existence and volume.
Delta 9, as we all know, is a THC and is the most abundant intoxicating cannabinoid; CBD is the most abundant non-intoxicating cannabinoid.
If you were to think of all cannabinoids as part of a tree, CBGA would be the trunk. THC and CBD would be the branches. The central limb of the THC branch would be Delta 9. Every other limb would be smaller and harder to reach. Delta-8 is about halfway to the top of this tree.
Anything beyond Delta 9 and CBD is not plentiful enough in a natural growing plant to make standard extraction possible. Thus, these minor cannabinoids must be synthesized in a lab. This is done in a similar way that the plant would do just at scale to make it worth doing.
The word synthesization gives off the vibe that the resulting product is not natural or artificial. Usually, we would agree, but that is only half true in this case. Since these minor cannabinoids exist in nature, pushing the boundaries of science and nature to force an increased production level is not the same as comparing Delta-8 to Red #40 or a plastic milk jug. However, some of the same compounds used to make those artificial concoctions aid in the production of synthesized cannabinoids.
This is why purchasing any consumable product from a reputable retailer or manufacturer is vital. Residuals are solvents left behind from the extraction process if done poorly. These residuals will affect the quality of the distillate in your product and could be harmful.
As scary as that might sound, accurate lab reports and labeling are crucial to all legitimate CBD products. Keep in mind these two items are not cheap; if there are no lab reports or the product is mislabeled, there is a reason.
Finding a reputable retailer or brand for Delta 8 is paramount. Luckily you found Vape Militia and we have those brands.
How is Delta 8 different?
Delta 8 is different in the way that the molecular structure is formed. This alters how it interacts with the endocannabinoid system and the CB1 and CB2 receptors. This makes delta-8 milder, less psychoactive, and less intoxicating than its bigger, older brother. Here is another good article from Discover Magazine on Delta 8.
Can you spot the difference?
Will Delta 8 get you high?
No, but yes, but no. It is a THC, and THC can be intoxicating with the right amount. However, delta 9 is about 50% stronger than delta-8. Thus you would need to ingest at least twice as much to get a similar effect. These are only best guesses and estimates as long-term controlled studies have not yet been done.
For those new to cannabis products, when the phrase “get high” is used (say that like Matthew McConaughey in Dazed and Confused, “It’d be a lot cooler if you did.”) Specifically refers to mental and psychoactive impairment, an essential distinction to understanding the differences between these compounds.
What effect and feeling comes from Delta 8?
The effect and feeling of delta-8 are similar to delta 9, which is part of why it is so popular. However, there are some noticeable differences.
Most notably, the difference is the psychoactive impairment or the actual high part. Imagine “the Devil’s Lettuce” with a bit less devil.
Most consumers note that the paranoia and anxiousness that can sometimes present if the dosage is too high (pun intended) does not generally happen with delta-8. However, there are exceptions; some people, especially those with very clean diets and sensitive to caffeine, are likely also to be sensitive to most cannabinoids. This is a good thing; you won’t have to use as much product or can use lower doses.
The advantage of the lessor mental effect is an increased body high or relaxation effect, which is part of how it can be used medicinally in aiding with sleep or pain issues.
How can you take Delta 8?
There are more and more products containing delta-8 available for purchase every day.
Mainly in two categories, vapes, including vape cartridges and disposables, as well as edibles, mainly gummies. However, chocolates, baked goods, and other non gummy related treats are becoming more popular.
Delta 8 Vape
Vaping has been one of the most popular ways to enjoy the effects of CBD. Due to the immediate effectiveness and the overall feeling provided, which can be similar to smoking or vaping the cannabis plant. Read more about vaping CBD here.
Delta 8 Carts
These are basically the same as the original vape tank used for nicotine vaping with a ceramic coil. Sometimes called 510 tanks, 510 carts or cartridges, or simply, cart.
These cartridges come prefilled, ready to thread onto your particular cart battery.
Delta 8 Disposables
These are not too different than the carts mentioned above, filled with the same distillate with a similar ceramic coil.
Although the coil is integrated into a pod and the pod is built into a rechargeable device. The entirety is disposable when the content has been consumed.
Delta 8 Edibles
Edibles are an exciting way to dose delta-8 mainly because you can control the amount of delta-8 consumed. Typically edibles have been in the form of gummies. However, recently, a wide variety of gummy bear free edibles have become very desirable, including cookies, brownies, chocolates, and dehydrated fruit.
Delta 8 Gummies
This being the main category for delta-8 edibles, it still deserves its own section. Although it is our opinion, it will not be the most popular for very long. It’s no novel concept, gummy square, cube, drop, or bear; it is all the same. The biggest issue with gummies is the texture, consistency, flavor, and design can be off-putting for some. Varying in strength from 10mg to 100, find one you like the taste, texture, and mouth feel. You don’t have to settle for a hard, flavorless, or terrible tasting gummy.
Delta 8 Baked Goods and other edibles
This is probably the most exciting category in delta-8 products. With some of the more prominent names in the legal cannabis game getting involved delta-8 edibles are sure to catch fire very soon. Chocolates, cookies, brownies, rice crispies, gum, suckers, shots, drink additives, etc., were all being developed or entering the market when this article was written.
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Delta 8 FAQs
Hemp-derived Delta 8 or Delta 8 Tetrahydrocannabinol is a modern-day, trending cannabinoid that stimulates psychoactive effects and euphoric feelings related to a typical THC high. According to The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), Delta 8 has a lower psychotropic influence then Delta-9 THC.
According to The National Cancer Institute, Delta 8 produces antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic and neuroprotective properties. Delta 8 THC can provide relief from those who suffer from chronic or acute pain, anxiety and nerve cell damage.
Delta 8 is considered federally legal under the new farm bill passed in 2018. The 2018 Farm Bill made isomers, derivatives in cannabinoids produced from hemp legally permissible as long as they contain less than 0.3 percent Delta 9 THC.