Delta 9 THC vs THC

Find out how Delta 9 THC is different from other forms of THC in this informative article, from The Hemp Doctor.

The term THC is used interchangeably among consumers. It references several different types of compounds and formulations. It typically refers to Delta 9 THC, which is the psychoactive ingredient cannabis is best known for. However, there are many other related compounds. Below we highlight the differences between these forms of THC and answer some of your most common questions.

A Brief Definition of Cannabis and Hemp.

Cannabis and hemp are part of a group of flowering plants technically classified as Cannabaceae. This species includes many familiar cultivars such as hops and other tree-like species. The cannabis plant contains 540 different chemical compounds, which include a variety of cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids. The most common cannabinoids are often referred to as THC and CBD (Cannabidiol). THC comes in a variety of forms known as chemical analogs.

These substances can work together and individually to create a multitude of health benefits. This occurs because of what’s called the endocannabinoid system or ECS. It contains a network of receptors called CB1 and CB2. These receptors are located throughout the human body and are activated by compounds like THC. Influencing brain function, the immune system and more.

Hemp is very similar to cannabis, with only a couple of minor differences. First, is how it’s cultivated. Industrial hemp is primarily produced for its seeds and fibers. Another major difference between the two plants is their THC potency. In the United States, legal hemp will have less than 0.3% delta 9 THC. Cannabis, on the other hand, will have a lot more.

What is THC-a?

THC-a, or Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, is the most abundant cannabinoid found in cannabis or hemp. In its natural form, it is not psychoactive. Once this compound has been subjected to heat, a process known as decarboxylation, will it convert into delta 9 THC. Formulations made with THC-a are a great option for those looking to experience the wellness benefits of cannabis or hemp without the intoxication. However, these types of products can be difficult to find.

What is delta 9 THC?

Delta 9 THC is a naturally occurring compound of cannabis. Once THC-a has been decarbed, it becomes what’s known as THC. The scientific name for this substance is Delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol aka D9 or D9 THC. It can sometimes be written as Δ9 THC. This cannabinoid has been found to provide consumers with many therapeutic benefits. Some report calming effects and some feel more focused. The range of effects is subjective depending on factors like tolerance and product potency, etc.

Will THC make you feel euphoric or get you high?

D9 sourced from cannabis is considered intoxicating because of its high potency, with more than 0.3%. Hemp-derived D9 is also considered to be psychoactive for some consumers, even with such a low potency. New consumers should start with a low dose and increase as needed.

Another THC analog includes delta 8 THC. This compound is very similar to D9 but produces milder effects, a quality which is desirable for many adult consumers. Then there’s THCP, one of the most potent cannabinoids produced in the plant, making it incredibly psychoactive. It isn’t currently listed as a prohibited substance. However, few providers sell this type of product currently. Last, but not least there’s THCV. This non-intoxicating substance may even suppress the effects of D9.

Recap of THC Analogs:

  • THC-a (before decarboxylation or decarbing).
  • Delta 9 THC, sourced from cannabis (more than 0.3%).
  • Delta 9 THC, sourced from hemp (less than 0.3%).
  • Other analogs such as delta 8 THC, THCP and THCV.

Want more on the topic? Learn about the properties, benefits and uses of the different types of THC here.

Legal Status of Hemp-derived D9

Is THC legal in the US?

Compounds derived from hemp, with a maximum of 0.3% THC, are federally legal under the 2018 Farm Bill. This does include formulations with delta 9 THC if the potency doesn’t exceed the legal limit. Depending on where you live, some states do restrict the sale of these goods. D9 sourced from cannabis, with a potency of more than 0.3% THC is still illegal under the current laws.

Everything in our inventory is 100% legal and complies with current federal regulations. As a consumer, you should know that not all products come from reputable providers. It is possible to get less expensive products, but these could include potentially dangerous substances. Look for products which have been lab-tested to ensure you are getting the quality you deserve. Shop with confidence and read the certificate of analysis (COA) for each of our products before you buy.

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A Short Answer

Are delta 9 THC and THC the same thing?

It depends on the context. What matters is the potency of the compound. THC is a generic term used to describe the psychoactive compound in cannabis. It’s a phrase which is permanently forged into mainstream society. For savvy consumers and industry professionals, the term means much more. Consumers need to know and understand what compounds are in the products they are using to experience the maximum benefits and avoid any unwanted experiences. Now that you know what THC means on a deeper level, you’ll be more confident when shopping.

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