The Difference Between Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC

THC, or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ-9-THC), is the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana (cannabis) that produces the feeling of being “high”. Although both Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC come from cannabis sativa plants, they are not the same. With the increasing attention to Delta 9 THC and its effects, it is important to understand the differences between Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC. Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC are composed of the same set of elements (carbon, hydrogen and oxygen), but differ slightly in their arrangement.

Delta 9 THC is created by heating THCA molecules, which produces a certain amount of Delta 9, a type of THC with a double bond in the ninth carbon chain.


Research on the long-term use of delta-9 THC and its effects on sleep is limited; some studies show an improvement in sleep patterns while others indicate that chronic use of delta-9 THC may have the opposite effect. Both Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC can produce intoxicating psychoactive effects, or a “high”, depending on quality, quantity and other factors. Overstimulation of CB1 receptors due to excessive consumption of either Delta 8 or Delta 9 THC can cause lethargy, disorientation, anxiety (and possibly panic), dry mouth and eyes, increased heart rate and loss of coordination.

Medical Use

Studies have shown that doctors and health professionals can treat cognitive decline and other negative mental effects of schizophrenia with both Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC.

However, it is important to note that laws regarding the production, sale and use of both Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC are constantly evolving.Drug TestsIt is impossible to say definitively that Delta 8 THC does not show a positive result in a drug test since it depends on the quality and content of the specific Delta 8 THC product used as well as the type of drug test administered. According to the FDA, products containing Delta 8 THC may contain potentially harmful chemicals or contaminants, including household chemicals used during the chemical synthesis process that produces Delta 8 THC. If the product contains concentrations of Delta 9 THC, a drug test may show a positive result for THC.

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