Cannabis is a complicated plant with tons of distinctive qualities. Ranging from THC to CBD, there numerous variations of terpenes and cannabinoids that can be consumed and affect the consumers in different ways. Cannabis isn’t solely for medicinal purposes, many individuals enjoy consumption for relaxation and pleasure. However, before you do get started, its crucial you understand the intricacies and technical details that go into choosing the right option.

The most commonly known properties of cannabis are relaxation, euphoria, happiness, hunger, tranquility and memory impairment. Often, all these aspects are implied when speaking of any cannabinoid. However, the intensity of these effects varies on the type of cannabinoids being consumed. Often, the feelings stated above are more amplified when consuming Delta 9 THC. On the other hand, Delta 8 is recognized for its milder effects. Don’t get us wrong though, they both have the same outcome, that is, you do get “high” but in comparison to Delta 9, Delta 8 is slightly less psychoactive. The effects are calmer and gradual when consuming Delta 8.

To be able to fully understand each of the two types and make an informed decision when it comes to consumption, here’s a quick breakdown.

What is Delta 8?

Delta-8 naturally occurs in cannabis plants in very small concentrations. However, it can be distilled later on in laboratories. Delta-8 is a milder version of cannabis, which contains the main active ingredient from Delta 9 THC. It contains neuroprotective properties that increase your appetite and alleviate pain, anxiety and nausea. Delta 8 has milder psychoactive effects compared to Delta 9. Therefore, it’s important to remember that Delta 8 might get you high, but the effects will never be as intense as Delta 9.

What is Delta 9?

Delta 9 is also naturally found in cannabis, popularly known as THC. The sense of elation and the “high” effect can be achieved with the molecules in Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannibinol. Unlike Delta 8, THC can be found in abundance in the cannabis plant with strong effects. Delta 9 molecules bind with CB1 receptors throughout our brain and body and induces that high feeling. This is why cannabis is quite common amongst people who are looking to alleviate pain, sadness, discomfort and stress through this relaxation inducing drug.

What’s the difference between Delta 8 and Delta 9?

From the definitions it might be easy to get confused when trying to distinguish between the two, due to the similarities in properties and effects. In terms of their biological structure, both are made up of the same molecules with the only difference being a couple of electrons.

So, what really separates the two?

1.    Paranoia and Anxiety

You might be wondering why Delta 8 is completely legal but Delta 9 isn’t. Let us tell you why! The reason the 2018 Farm Bill dictates low levels of THC, no more than 0.3%, is because of the feeling of anxiety it can stimulate. In addition to this, many also report feeling paranoid for no reason at all while some find that it impacts their mental abilities. However, such an effect is only limited to Delta 9.

Delta 8, however, is not as psychoactive as Delta 9. For those who wish to only obtain the feeling of relaxation and none of the paranoia, it is advised that they switch to Delta 8. Its mildness allows for it to be easily used by anyone.

2.    Relaxation

As highlighted previously, Delta 9 is much stronger than Delta 8 when analyzing effects. Due to its potency, Delta 9 is likely to help users achieve a sense of elation than a feeling of tranquility. Usually users report that Delta 9 effects often transition from elation to euphoria. It can completely alter your mood, if that’s what you’re looking for.

On the other hand, if the feeling of relaxation without the high is what you want then we’d advise switching to Delta 8. It’s much milder in its effects and is sure to help you alleviate stress.

3.    Usage and Legality

Of course, if you’re just getting started and hopping on the cannabis bandwagon, its important for you to figure out what exactly you’re looking for. Since the affects of Delta 9 are much potent in comparison to Delta 8, it is advised that individuals use both in small amounts and wait to see how and when their body reacts.

When it comes to legality, it gets slightly technical. As per the 2018 Farm Bill, Delta 8 is legal to use and shop throughout the United States. While this doesn’t apply to Delta 9. Producers and retailers are only allowed to sell products with THC levels lower than 0.3%. Any increase in this amount might land you into trouble.

4.    Benefits

Both do have their own benefits. And collectively as well, they are both known to alleviate discomfort. Users just need to be careful and safe with their dosing. Apart from this though, the two also have their own personal benefits.

Delta 9 can be used as a fix for nausea, is soothing and calming in situations of discomfort and stress and it has antihistaminic properties. Delta 8, on the other hand, might potentially lessen stress and sadness and is quite suitable for those who find Delta 9 a bit too strong. Similar to Delta 9, it has antiemetic effects and if topically used, it aids in diminishing inflammation on your body.

However, though the two are quite similar, Delta 8 is new on the market; which is also why many consumers are raving about it. However, with that being said, no one knows what the future holds for Delta 8. With the comparisons and hands on reviews, it seems like the better option.

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