Delta 8 THC is a stereoisomer of Delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly referred to as THC. The marijuana plant contains 90% THC in Delta 9 THC.
The atomic structure of Delta 8 THC is almost identical to that of Delta 9 THC. This means they can bind to similar receptors in the brain, determining how we feel after intake. Their mass is the main difference between Delta 8 THC (THC) and Delta 9 HHC (THC). Delta 8 THC has a lower molecular weight than Delta 9, while Delta 9 THC has a higher one. We will be discussing this in detail shortly.
Delta 8 THC, like Delta 9, binds to CB1 receptors in the brain. This is what gives cannabis its psychoactive qualities. However, Delta 8 THC is not as effective at the CB2 receptors as Delta 9 THC.
Does Delta 8 THC Get You High?
Yes, Delta 8 THC does get you high. It can cause similar effects to Delta 9 THC which is what gives rise to that high. Although Delta 8 is less effective at binding CB2 receptors than Delta 9, it still binds to CB1 receptors in the brain, producing a psychoactive effect.
What is the difference between Delta 8 THC (THC) and Delta 9 THC?
Although Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC have a similar chemical structure, one thing is different: The molecular weight.
Delta 8 is smaller in molecular mass than Delta 9, which means that it can easily pass the blood brain barrier, attach to CB1 receptors and be absorbed by them much faster than Delta 9. However, the chemical compositions of Delta 8 and Delta 9 are almost identical. This means that they feel very similar.
Many sources claim that Delta 8 THC doesn’t have any psychoactive properties or has milder effects than Delta 9 THC. You might believe that high-dose Delta 8 cannabis can provide medicinal benefits, but not the high.
Delta 8 THC is still listed in many edibles, which suggests that producers may not believe that Delta 8 has any less psychoactive effects than Delta 9.
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