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Delta 8 THC Compared to Delta 9 THC

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Delta 8 THC Compared to Delta 9 THC

Professor DeBacco

Delta-9 THC Explained
As an activator of the CB1 receptor, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol — commonly known as THC is the main intoxicating component of cannabis.
The effects of THC intoxication on blood flow to the prefrontal cortex have been demonstrated to increase. This region is responsible for executive functions such as decision-making, attention, and motor skills.
THC can cause feelings of euphoria by binding to CB1 receptors within the brain’s reward system.
THC’s ability relieve pain is largely due to its interaction in the brain with CB1 receptors.

Delta-8 THC Explained
Delta-8-THC can be used as an isomer for Delta-9 THC It differs only from delta-9-THC in the presence of an atomic double bond.
This chemical is usually produced in a laboratory and not directly from the plants. It is actually made from CBD Isolate.
This creates a loophole in the law because the product is being sold under the name “hemp derived”, even though it is a THC isomer chemically manufactured.

Extraction DifferenceDelta 9 THC, a major cannabinoid, can be found abundantly and can easily be extracted from cannabis.
Delta 8 THC extraction is more difficult because it is a minor Cannabinoid

Synthesizing Delta 8 using CBD
With the help of solvents, you can make Delta 8 entirely from CBD.
Delta 8 is made from hemp and ensures that the final product does not exceed 0.3% THC to be federally legal.

Steps to synthesize D8 THC using CBD isolate
Dissolve in a non-polar solvent. Heptane is a common solvent.
Add a Lewis acid such as p-toluenesulfonic or hydrochloric. Mixture should be kept at 100 temperatures. Stirring continuously for up to 18 hour is recommended.
After the chemical reaction has ended and the upper phase separated, wash the solution and neutralize it with 5% NaHCO3 HPLC can be used to test for contaminants and purity. Then, you can separate the mixture into its “many Cannabinoid Parts”.
Conversion is never 100%

Different Effects
Delta 9 has a significantly greater potent effect than Delta 8.
Ex. Paranoid delusions, mental fog and impaired motor skills.

Delta 8 is said to offer a more tranquil experience, with many users feeling a profound sense of calmness and clarity. Many users report a distinct “high”, but it is not enough to affect the ability to focus and form coherent thoughts.

Onset Time Different
Delta 9 has an onset that is more rapid and instantaneous
Delta 8 works slowly, gradually, and eases users into a more peaceful state

Similar End Products
They can be used as flowers, inhaled by vaping, or eaten in their edible form.

Legality
Federal law does not allow for Delta 9 THC to exceed 0.3%.
The laws of their respective localities are the only thing that determines state level.
Technically, Delta 8 is still legal at the federal level. This is due to the ambiguities in the 2018 Farm Bill which legalized hemp cultivation.
The bill does not prohibit the extraction of Delta 8 from hemp or the creation of products with this compound.

Hazy Area
However, due to the psychoactive nature Delta 8, there have been a lot of state bans.
There are currently 15 States that prohibit the sale or use of Delta 8 products. Six additional states have pending legal action.
While Delta 8 is currently more popular than Delta 9, it remains to be seen how long this trend will last.

Availability
Delta 8 can be shipped across state lines because it is federally legal, unlike Delta 9.
As a result, there are many more online retailers selling Delta 8 products.
Delta 8 products do not fall under the FDA’s regulation. You should therefore seek third-party lab testing results for these products.

Delta 9 vs Delta 8
Some might consider Delta 9 the “classic” choice in the cannabis community.
Delta 8 is quickly becoming a popular choice due to its milder effects, legal availability, and ease of use.

This is an isomer in Delta 9 and it is likely that it will be subject to some regulation in the future, even though this may not be the case at the moment.

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