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Q: What’s the Difference Between Δ8-THC and Δ9-THC?
A: The main difference between Δ8-THC and Δ9-THC is how it interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system. Δ8-THC binds to the CB1 and CB2 receptors which are located in the central nervous system, similar to THC. The difference between the two is where the the bonds are contained on a molecular chain. Δ8-THC contains its bond on the 8th carbon chain while Δ9-THC’s bond is on the 9th carbon chain. This small difference actually causes notable contrasts in how the endocannabinoid’s receptors bind and respond to the molecule. This minor difference reduces the psychotropic effects of Δ8-THC when compared to Δ9-THC.
Q: Is Δ8-THC Legal?
A: In short, yes! The 2018 Farm Bill confirms “all derivatives, isomers, and cannabinoids in hemp are legal”, however, it set restrictions stating all final products must contain 0.3% (or less) Δ9-THC. The Δ8-THC products that contain hemp will always contain .3% or less Δ9-THC. Although there are no current age restrictions from the federal government on hemp derived products, the company policy for our CBD Kratom stores is to sell to those 18 years of age or older. Federal regulations state inhalants can only be consumed by those who are 21 years of age and older in the United States, thus the Δ8-THC cartridges are an age-restricted product.
Q: What Could Δ8-THC Help With?
A: Studies and clinical trials are still underway, but some of the benefits of Δ8-THC are coming to light. Research performed to date on the effects of Δ8-THC have shown that the compound can help reduce anxiety, calm the body’s reaction to stress, improve mood and motivation, increase appetite, and also assist with aches and pains. Δ8-THC could be beneficial for:
- Customers wanting a stronger psychotropic product.
- Customers looking for an alternative to Δ9-THC with less psychoactive properties.
- Customers looking for assistance with anxiety, stress and mood without the paranoia or increased anxiety.
- Customers looking to improve appetite and reduce nausea.
*Please review product warnings before recommending and/or consuming Δ8-THC products.
What is Delta-8 THC? Delta-8 THC (Δ8-THC) is a natural cannabinoid derived from hemp with psychotropic properties, meaning it has the ability to alter one’s mood, behavior, or perception. Δ9-THC, more commonly referred to as THC, is the main psychotropic compound in the cannabis plant. Δ8-THC has similar effects to Δ9-