What is Delta-8 THC?

The odds are pretty good that you’ve heard quite a bit of conversation surrounding the topic of delta-8 THC. But what exactly is delta-8, and why has it become so popular? Time for a crash course in the cannabinoid that everyone seems to be going crazy for.

Delta-8 is a cannabinoid compound that is extremely similar to THC (delta-9 THC), which you know as one of the main active ingredients in cannabis. Short for delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol, delta-8 THC is believed to closely mimic the effects of THC but on a less intense scale. 

So, what’s the difference between delta-8 THC and delta-9 THC? We have to look a lot closer (and we mean a lot closer) to see what makes each one unique: even though both types of molecules have a double bond in their structures, which is thought to be the cause of THC’s intoxicating effects, that bond is located in a different spot for delta-8 and delta-9. This tiny difference seems to be why delta-8 interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid system in a different way than delta-9, changing your experience.

Another key difference is that technically, delta-8 THC is legal in some states where cannabis is not (at least for now), so long as it’s sourced from hemp. In states where cannabis is legalized, you can currently choose to try delta-8 from your favorite dispensary.

Interested in trying delta-8 THC for yourself? We don’t blame you – this THC is totally trending, but we don’t expect it to pass anytime soon. In fact, delta-8 might just be one of the newest mainstays in the world of cannabis and hemp. 

Come to Giving Tree Dispensary in Phoenix to explore a curated selection of delta-8 THC oils, so you can experience the very best this cool cannabinoid has to offer. As always, our team will be here to help you navigate your options and pick a product that fits your preferences. See you soon!