What is Delta-8 THC?

Delta-8 THC (or Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol) is a naturally occurring chemical compound called a cannabinoid that’s found in small traces in hemp and cannabis (marijuana) plants. Its popularity is on the rise, and you can find it everywhere from boutique weed dispensaries to convenience store shelves.

How Does It Compare to Regular Marijuana (Delta-9-THC)?

Why is there such a growing demand for Delta-8? For starters, its chemical structure is similar to that of its well-known cousin, Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta-9-THC), the main psychoactive compound found in marijuana. That’s what gets you “high.”

Both Delta-8 and Delta-9 are forms of THC. But when people refer to THC, they usually mean the Delta-9 that’s found in high concentrations in marijuana. Both produce a euphoric, fuzzy feeling, but Delta-8 causes a milder high.

In fact, Delta-8 is often referred to as “marijuana-lite” or “diet weed.” Other common THC side effects like paranoia, anxiety, and drowsiness are also less potent.

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Is Delta-8 Legal?

Another reason for Delta-8’s growing popularity is that, unlike heavily regulated THC, Delta-8 is legal to use in most states. That’s because it’s extracted mostly from hemp-derived CBD, which is legal to farm across the U.S.

Hemp’s legality stems from the federal farm bill (the Agriculture and Nutrition Improvement Act of 2018), which removed hemp and its byproducts from the list of controlled substances. The reason: Hemp’s low THC levels (less than 0.3%). The bill doesn’t mention Delta-8 anywhere.

Difference in CBD from Delta-8

There are many differences between both Delta-8 THC and CBD. We have highlighted some general comparisons and differences between Delta 8 THC and CBD:


  • Non-psychedelic
  • Binds to your Cannabinoid Receptors (this allows it to work its magic)
  • Comes in Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid Strains
  • Does not interfere with drug tests

Delta-8 THC

  • Is psychoactive
  • Binds to your Cannabinoid Receptors (this allows it to work its magic)
  • Comes in Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid strains
  • Delta-8 THC can increase your appetite
  • Low probability of passing a drug test

The most notable difference between both products is the “high” which Delta-8 THC produces. This is a major decision factor on why one would choose one over the other. Despite the many rich properties in CBD, it will not get you high, but Delta-8 THC will. Getting high or experiencing a head change is what many people seek, and they enjoy the euphoric feeling that it offers.