What is delta 8 THC? What is it and what does it do ?
Delta 8 THC is one of the 100+ cannabinoids in cannabis. Processors extract and concentrate it since it only exists naturally in small percentages within the cannabis flower. Like other cannabinoids, it interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system – specifically the CB1 receptor of the nervous system – to bring on its psychotropic effects. Despite the difference in the natural quantities of Delta 8 and Delta 9 in cannabis, when concentrated, they interact with the nervous system similarly, which raises the question…
What’s the difference between Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC?
Quick chemistry lesson for the uninitiated: The delta part of the name refers to the double bond, so both Delta 8 and Delta 9 contain double bonds, the difference is where that double bond is located. Organic chemistry deals with carbon atoms – a lot of carbon atoms, chains of them – and the respective “8” and “9” in the names of these canabinoids refer to the location of that double (Delta) bond in the chain. Delta 9 has a double bond on the 9th carbon in the chain, Delta 8 on the 8th. So, what this really boils down to is that a double bond is going to have more electrons than single carbon bonds and will interact differently with the endocannabinoid system. It doesn’t seem like a big difference, but when we’re talking about subatomic particles, the location of that double bond can be very significant.
What does delta 8 feel like?
As I mentioned above, Delta 8 THC will get you stoned, but it’s effects truly are a bit different. Now I love Delta 9 THC and it’s what I primarily use, however, there are times I’d abstain because it can affect my concentration. I found this wasn’t the case with Delta 8. I felt the effects, and while I wouldn’t describe them as diminished relative to Delta 9, they were more low key, as if I was on cruise control with no loss of focus. I was able to work, concentrate, and still felt the calming effects I desire from my THC. And I’m not the only one. I was discussing Delta 8 THC with another friend of mine and he had this to say:
Delta 8 gives a very clear-headed, engaged high, with zero anxiety or fogginess. I feel more “in tune” and less impaired than when I consume delta 9. My vision and other senses almost feel heightened, or more crisp. Really phenomenal for hiking and biking. In fact, for most purposes, I would rather consume delta 8 than other cannabinoids.
I’ve talked to a number of people who’ve tried this amazing cannabinoid and they all report the same type of effects. That tells me there is definitely something to it. While I’ll never give up my Delta 9, Delta 8 THC now has a special place in my heart (and lungs and brain).