A lot of us are studying up on delta 8 as of late, since this submarket is growing like crazy.
The two do have plenty of things in common, but that doesn’t mean that they behave the same when you take them.
In fact, it’s their differences that make each one worth your consideration.
We will be doing a full comparison of both cannabinoid types by breaking down their positives and negatives.
From there, this will hopefully give you a more comprehensive understanding of the two in order to decide for yourself whether or not to incorporate either, or both, into your daily routine.
Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC: Similarities & Differences
Before breaking down their individual pros/cons, we need to briefly touch upon their main differences and similarities.
As you probably know, both delta 8 THC and delta 9 are cannabinoids.
Cannabinoids are defined as compounds found in cannabis that have the unique ability to stimulate the function of the endocannabinoid system, by binding with cannabinoid receptors found throughout the body, which control different bodily processes.
Cannabinoids are like regulators, ensuring that each bodily process is functioning in its most healthy way.
But delta 8 and delta 9 bind with different cannabinoid receptors, which means that they control slightly different bodily processes.
Now, here’s where things get complicated: they both can, for instance, offer calming properties, but through different mechanisms.
One may find that the calming properties of one cannabinoid are more suited to their bodily chemistry than the calming properties of the other, for example.
Delta 8 does have much to bring to the forefront of the CBD industry from both what it actually is and what it has to offer.
#1: It’s a Cannabinoid
Delta 8 is a cannabinoid, and at the very least, we know that all cannabinoids can be quite useful to the body thanks to the role that they play in homeostasis via the endocannabinoid system.
#2: Less Psychoactive than Delta-9
Delta 8 is a psychoactive compound, but it’s less psychoactive than delta-9.
It’s essentially a milder form of delta 9, which, when taken in the same dose, will produce less mind-altering effects.
Most people say that it’s more calming and promotes a more clear-minded feeling.
And many say it is less likely to produce feelings of paranoia that some experience when they’ve taken high doses of delta 9.
#3: Easier to Find Legally
Delta 8 is easier to find legally throughout the country, because it is derived from the hemp plant, and as the law states, all hemp-derived cannabinoids are legal as long as they do not contain more than 0.3 percent delta 9 THC.
This means that you can buy delta 8 online and in various specialty shops.
#4: Offers Unique Properties
Many people use delta 8 because of its calming effects, which may make it great for sleep and stress specifically.
Further, many find that delta 8 offers a calming sensation throughout the body which relaxes the muscles.
Delta 8: Cons
Now, let’s go over the cons of delta 8.
#1: You May Fail a Drug Test
Delta 8 and delta 9 are two different compounds, but standard drug tests are not sensitive enough to pick up on this distinction.
Therefore, if you take delta 8 before taking a drug test, you will likely fail.
#2: Can Get Confiscated
In a similar way, test kits used by law enforcement do not distinguish between the two forms of THC.
Therefore, being caught with delta 8 could potentially get you into some trouble.
Delta 8 is psychoactive, despite being less psychoactive than delta 9.
Now, many people welcome this.
But it’s important to keep in mind, especially if you typically consume a CBD product.
Delta 9 does have some positives to offer, as long this compound is being used properly and legally.
#1: It’s a Cannabinoid
Like delta 8, delta 9 is a cannabinoid, which means that it can promote wellness through means of bodily regulation via the endocannabinoid system and its cannabinoid receptors.
Therefore, it’s worth considering if you’re looking for a natural way to maintain your wellbeing.
#2: Has Many Properties That May Be Useful
Delta 9 has plenty of unique properties that have been heavily researched.
These properties mainly deal with mood, pain, digestive function and neurological wellness.
#3: We Know a Lot About it
We know more about delta 9 than delta 8, because delta 9 has been studied more intensively throughout the decades.
Therefore, some people feel more comfortable with it than delta 8 because of this.
Yes, delta 9 does have red flags against it, as these major two must be noted if you were to obtain our use it.
#1: It’s Stronger than Delta 8
Delta 9 is stronger than delta 8 in terms of its psychoactive nature, which means that before taking it, you should make sure that you’re in an environment in which you can relax.
So in theory, this could be a pro or a con depending on what type of effecs you are looking for.
#2: Illegal in Many Places
Delta 9 is federally illegal, so you can only take it in a state in which it has been legalized.
Of course, if you belong to your state’s medical marijuana program, you can legally obtain delta 9.
The bottom line is that both delta 8 and delta 9 serve a purpose, and both contribute to the overall effects of cannabis that many of us desire.
Before writing either off, consider both of them based on what they have to offer from a positive and negative aspect.