Delta 8 THC

What Is Delta-8-THC? 

Most cannabis and hemp enthusiasts are well familiar with the cannabinoid known as THC. Out of hundreds of different cannabinoids, it’s the most (in)famous one due to its potent psychoactive effects that leave the user feeling “high.” 

So, what is Delta-8-THC exactly? 

Although very similar to Delta-9, Delta-8 is a unique cannabinoid with its own chemical composition and properties. Only a few atomic bonds separate Delta-8 from Delta-9, which is more than enough for the two compounds to have quite different effects on the consumers. 

Cannabinoids like Delta-9-THC, Delta-8-THC, and CBD work by binding with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in your endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is responsible for moderating functions and processes like appetite, sleep, mood, immune responses, and more and is activated when your body starts producing endocannabinoids (compounds very similar in structure to cannabinoids). 

Delta-8 has somewhat of a preference for the CB1 receptors found in the spinal cord and the brain, and it creates a relatively weak bond with them, affecting your ECS only mildly.