Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta-8-THC) is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. It is chemically similar to Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta-9-THC), which is the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis responsible for producing the “high” or intoxicating effects commonly associated with marijuana.
However, Delta-8-THC has a slightly different chemical structure compared to Delta-9-THC, with a double bond on the 8th carbon atom instead of the 9th. This difference in structure leads to some variations in how Delta-8-THC interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system and produces effects.
Delta-8-THC is considered to have a lower psychoactive potency compared to Delta-9-THC, meaning it may produce milder intoxicating effects. In addition to its psychoactive effects, Delta-8-THC is also believed to have potential therapeutic benefits similar to other cannabinoids, such as pain relief, anti-nausea properties, appetite stimulation, and anxiety reduction.