Delta-8 THC is a naturally occurring cannabinoid that can be extracted from both cannabis and hemp. Its euphoric (aka “high”) effects are reported to be similar but milder than the more commonly known Delta-9 THC, so it’s often described as being more chill and pleasurable. People speak to a beneficial calming experience without the feeling of being “stoned.” And the effects don’t linger as long. Which is why more and more weed lovers are being drawn to Delta-8.
While some Delta-8 users report an improvement in focus and clarity of thought, most experience a body high – different from a mental high. The popularity of Delta-8 is also growing because users report relief from anxiety and stress. Its “chill” sensations are just the right intensity to be refreshing without draining you or leaving you too relaxed for the day. Another reason many people report to why they switch from regular Delta-9 to Delta-8 is pain reduction without the accompanying nausea.
Since this hemp-derived compound is mild in its effects, it’s an ideal starting point for those who wish to test the waters. The more common Delta-9 can actually put off newbies from enjoying cannabis, especially when consumed as an edible. Even experienced consumers of Delta-9 enjoy the Delta-8 compound derived from hemp when they don’t quite want to experience the full effects of Delta-9.
Hemp-derived Delta-8 THC is legal in states where hemp products can be legally consumed and Delta-8 THC is not restricted. The 2018 Farm Bill mandates that cannabis with a 0.3% or less Delta-9 concentration on a dry weight basis is hemp. Anything above that is marijuana. That’s it. Products that are naturally obtained from hemp are federally legal. You must be 21 years of age or older to buy, consume or possess Delta-8 products.
Delta-8 THC products cannot be sold or consumed in Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Montana, New York, Nevada, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Vermont, Utah and Washington.