What Is It?
Delta8 is also known as Delta8-THC and is a cannabinoid that has been found naturally in the cannabis (hemp) plant. It is a different molecule than its relative Delta9-THC which is the compound that regulates hemp to its 0.3% THC limit. Delta8 is used by many consumers as a legal alternative to the potential benefits offered by d9-THC, but with a lesser psychoactive effect (see below).
Is It Legal?
Yes, except in a few select states with particular anti-cannabis laws (list below). Delta8-THC is a naturally-occurring degradation compound of CBD. To produce Delta8-THC for products, CBD isolate, sourced from federally-compliant hemp, is exposed to pH and temperature-modified conditions to transform CBD into Delta8-THC which then undergoes further purification processes to produce a high-purity concentrate. The concentrate is then tested for purity and utilized as an ingredient in the manufacturing of products.
* The following states are not considered as legal to ship to as their state laws do not clearly permit products that contain Delta8: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Rhode Island, and Utah.
What Will It Do For Me?
Many consumers of Delta8-THC have shared that it has helped them in many of the ways that D9-THC has been shown to benefit consumers, but with a lesser psychoactive effect. In fact, D8-THC has been demonstrated to exhibit a significantly lower psychoactive effect compared to d9-THC, but still is capable of producing such an effect with a large enough dose for any consumer. Experience differs widely consumer to consumer as their cannabinoid tolerance and particular endocannabinoid systems are unique to their experience.
Who Can Buy It?
Delta8 products should only be sold to those at least 21 years of age. It is also not recommended for those who must pass drug tests (see description below).
Will It Cause Me To Fail A Drug Test?
In short, yes. Drug tests for “marijuana” test for certain metabolites of d9-THC - or the products that our bodies process d9-THC into. While is it not known for certain, it is assumed that the similarities between d8 and d9 are enough such that standard drug tests will likely test positive for those metabolites after consumption of enough d8-THC.”