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Delta-8 vs Delta-9 THC

November 12



With the increasing consumption of cannabis, it is important to know the difference between Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC. Delta -8 has gained popularity recently and is known to be the superior version of THC. they are generally sold as a vape or an edible product and called the milder version of marijuana.

What is the difference between Delta-8 and Delta-9?

Delta 8 THC and delta 9 THC are very similar to each other. The primary active ingredient of marijuana in terms of both, the chemical structure and the psychological effects are the same. Their differences occur in the way they are produced. While delta 9 is present in the raw marijuana plant, delta 8 comes by way of hemp, a variety of cannabis plant bred without psychoactive THC and used to manufacture fibre, bioplastics, and biofuel. 


Delta 8 and delta 9 bind to the body’s endocannabinoid system, making you feel high. They both contain double bonds in their structures which are known to produce the intoxicating effects that make you high. While delta-8 can get you high, it is not as intoxicating as delta-9. Delta-9 THC may occasionally result in negative side effects such as anxiety or paranoia. These side effects are usually much less felt from Delta-8 which tends to offer a smoother, light and energising high. 

What effects does delta-8 have on you?

Those consuming Delta-8 will experience similar effects to Delta-9 THC. For example, one might experience a feeling of happiness or euphoria, coupled with medical benefits such as relief from pain or insomnia. People may also experience side effects such as red or bloodshot eyes, dry mouth, short-term memory, or anxiety. 

If you are new to Delta 8, it may have a strong effect on your body, as each person has differing experiences, depending on their body type and tolerance.  It is always recommended to consult your doctor regarding any cannabis product, and always titrate dosing slowly.

Consuming Delta-8 THC products obtained from the black market is never recommended as they have the potential to be harmful due to lack of testing or quality controls.


Delta-8 safety

Since Delta-8 is a relatively recent addition to the world of modern cannabis, it has not been studied enough to conclusively make claims about it.  While researchers are gathering more information each day about potential effects, the efficacy of Delta-8 is still being explored, and the usage should only be administered after consulting and gaining approval from a medical professional.


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