February 27, 2021 | Blog

How is Delta 8 THC Different from Delta 9

Both Delta 8 and Delta 9 are tetrahydrocannabinols (THC) derived from cannabis or hemp. Cannabis is a naturally growing flower that has been used for centuries to elicit a wide range of physical and mental effects on the user. The individual chemical components of the cannabis flower, cannabinoids, each elicit a unique response within our minds and bodies. The more we understand these effects, the more effectively and safely they can be used. While Delta 8 and Delta 9 are both forms of THC, they offer very different results when consumed.

What is a Cannabinoid? 

Each variety of cannabis plant can have more than 100 different cannabinoids. These are the chemical derivatives that can be consumed to achieve certain effects. Delta 9 THC and cannabidiol (CBD) are the two most well known cannabinoids. Delta 9 THC is what most people refer to as pot or marijuana. It has medicinal properties, but it also elicits psychotropic responses (it gets you high). CBD has become increasingly popular in recent years because it offers some of the benefits of Delta 9 THC without the psychotropic effects. However, CBD doesn’t have the potency to be effective for every user. 

To get more out of the cannabis flower, researchers have started experimenting with some of the other 100s of cannabinoids present in cannabis. Delta 8 THC is one of the latest discoveries, and its versatility makes it one of the most popular cannabinoids on the market today.

What is Delta 8 THC? 

Delta 8 THC is an analog (similar or comparable) version of Delta 9 THC. The Delta 8 THC cannabinoid occurs in very small percentages within the cannabis plant, but Delta 9 also degrades into Delta 8 THC over time, which is one way that this product is collected. Researchers are also studying new ways to increase the amounts of naturally-occurring Delta 8 THC in cannabis plants. 

What’s the Difference Between Delta 8 & Delta 9 THC? 

Delta 8 THC has been recommended to as an alternative to Delta 9, as it delivers the same effects and potential benefits as the THC found in cannabis.

In addition to the difference in the effects of Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC on the consumer, the products themselves have some key differences. Delta 9 THC easily becomes oxidized and the product can degrade into cannabinol (CBN) or Delta 8 THC. Delta 8 THC is very stable, making it a better option than Delta 9 THC if you plan to store your products for more than a few days. 

How do I Get Delta 8?

At Goodekind, we offer Delta 8 products that are certified organic, vegan, and non-GMO. Check out our popular Delta-8 THC gummies. Delicious flavor and 20 mg of Delta 8 THC makes these treats a favorite of our customers. Don’t forget to explore our other products while you’re on the site.