Delta-8-Tetrahydrocannabinol is a lesser-known cannabinoid that is only found in very small amounts in the hemp or cannabis plant. Because of this, Delta-8-THC is most commonly produced by transforming CBD through a chemical process called isomerization.
With an almost identical atomic structure to Delta-9, Delta-8 was largely overlooked by the scientific community until 1995 when Dr. Raphael Mechoulam (commonly referred to as the "godfather of cannabis research") decided to re-examine this mystery molecule.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DELTA-8-TETRAHYDROCANNABINOL AND DELTA 9?
The atomic structure of Delta-8-THC is nearly identical to that of Delta-9-THC, except for the placement of a single atomic bond. To be more specific, the double bond is on the 8th carbon rather than the 9th.
Although very similar to Delta 9, Delta-8-THC interacts with your endocannabinoid system in slightly different ways.
Perhaps the most glaring difference between the two is their legal status. Currently, 33 out of 50 US states have legalized medical marijuana. However, Delta-8-THC is 100% legal under US federal law thanks to H.R. 2: The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the 2018 Farm Bill.
DOES DELTA 8 GET YOU HIGH?
Yes, but in a slightly different way to typical Delta-9-THC.
DOES DELTA 8 SHOW UP ON A DRUG TEST?
Yes, Delta 8 THC will indeed show up on any standard THC urine test, resulting in you failing the test. Most tests are not able to distinguish between the two, and it will simply show up as Delta-9-THC. However, some brands of urine tests specifically look for Delta-8-Tetrahydrocannabinol as well, such as the 1-Panel THC Urine Test by DrugTestSuccess