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.