Hemp and its derivatives have been the point of interest of many Americans who have incorporated new trendy wellness products into their lifestyles after the 2018 Farm bill removed hemp from the definition of Marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act. In 2021 hemp-derived products are everywhere; they are legal and accessible at nearly every store type. Until now, 33% of American adults have used or tried CBD, but it’s no longer the only compound gaining consumers’ attention. New cannabinoids are emerging on the scene, and people want to try other elements in the cannabis plant. While THC – a psychoactive compound in cannabis remains famously illegal, Delta 8 THC derived from hemp has grown in popularity, and many people have already given it a try. It’s an analog of Delta 9 THC – the most famous compound in the cannabis plant known for its mind-altering symptoms. While these two compounds share many common qualities, their chemical structure is dissimilar, so they interact with the human body differently and have a different medicinal effect.
Delta 9 THC vs. Delta 8 THC
Usually, when we refer to THC, we have Delta 9 THC in mind, which is amongst the most famous cannabinoids causing marijuana users to experience ‘high.’ Products containing more than .3% of this compound remain federally illegal. Delta 8 THC is a minor cannabinoid in the cannabis plant, which is now a trending ingredient in many wellness products.
Delta 9 THC and D8 THC share many similar properties yet cause notably different effects. Both cannabinoids contain double bonds in their molecular chain, but the chemical bond location is different; delta 8 THC has it on the 8th carbon chain, while delta 9 THC has it on the 9th carbon chain. It may seem like a slight difference, but it causes noticeably different effects on the human body and affects how our endocannabinoid receptors bind and respond to each compound.
Moreover, Delta 9 THC is easily oxidized and can convert to cannabinol (CBN) or Delta 8 THC. Delta 8 THC does not corrode to become another cannabinol, which is why it’s more stable than delta 9 THC.
The primary differences between these two lie in their molecular structure, availability in the plant, and the effects they deliver.
- Chemical Structure: Delta 8 THC has a double bond on the 8th carbon chain while Delta 9 THC has a double bond on the 9th carbon chain; this can cause noticeable differences.
- Availability: Delta 8 is much rarer than Delta 9 THC, and its concentration reaches only up to 1%
- Effects: Delta 8 THC is less psychoactive than Delta 9 THC due to its reduced potency.
Another significant difference between D8 THC and D9 THC is that the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp-derived products with only trace amounts of Delta 9 THC, which can go up to .3%. So, on the federal level Delta 9 THC products are not legal, whereas hemp-derived Delta 8 THC products are legal according to the federal law.
How do Delta 9 THC and Delta 8 THC work?
The Endocannabinoids system in the human body consists of receptors, enzymes, and endocannabinoids present in the brain, organs, tissues, glands, and immune cells; they play a crucial role in the body’s functioning and different responses.
Endocannabinoids are fat-based molecules – neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in the nervous system after enzymes break them down. They are also called endogenous cannabinoids and are very much like the cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. When people consume hemp-derived products, cannabinoids act similarly to endocannabinoids and bind to cannabinoid receptors in the human body.
There are two known types of receptors in the endocannabinoid system: CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are in the brain, reproductive systems, the anterior eye, and retina; they can affect our memory, mood, and perception of pain and motor functions. They can also play a role in hormone production, pregnancy, cardiovascular health, and digestion.
CB2 receptors are primarily present in the immune system’s immune-derived cells, responsible for the body’s response to inflammation and pathogens. These regulate pain and inflammation.
Delta 9 THC, after consuming, quickly attaches to CB1 cannabinoid receptors in the brain and body. Producing different effects: It can alter a person’s reaction time by slowing it down, cause the feeling of high, cause anxiety in some users, and affect mental health in long-term users.
Delta 8 THC binds to the G-protein coupled receptor CB1 in the central nervous system, like Delta 9 THC, but causes different effects due to its molecular structure. As delta 8 THC has much lower psychotropic potency, it can activate the receptor without delivering many of the side effects Delta 9 THC can, including anxiety and mind-altering symptoms.
The Entourage Effect
The Entourage Effect is a theory according to which when more than one cannabinoids enter the bloodstream, they become more effective and come together to boost one another’s effects. Many CBD enthusiasts want to experience the entourage effect, so they acquire full-spectrum CBD products that feature trace amounts of Delta-9 THC. However, D8 THC may also potentially boost other cannabinoid effects.
Although Delta-9 THC remains illegal, hemp-derived D8 THC is federally legal according to law. Still, some states may have more restrictive rules about it.
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