A Detailed Comparison; Comparing Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC

What's the difference between Delta 8 and 9 THC? What does delta even mean?

There have been a lot of debates regarding the status of marijuana. This psychoactive plant was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2018 for legal purposes. There has been a ton of research indicating the various benefits one can derive from this plant. It is known to help with a multitude of ailments such as depression, anxiety, glaucoma, chronic pain, epilepsy, and even insomnia.

 Quite a lot of people are now aware of cannabis, but there are still a few details that need to be covered. There are many cannabinoids present in this plant. THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is the chemical component responsible for the psychoactive effects this plant provides. There are two major THC parts, delta 8 THC and delta 9 THC. Delta 9 THC was the one that people knew as the cannabinoid that gets them high. Not many people know that delta 8 THC provides the same effects with a much smoother overall experience.

What is Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC?

Both of these chemicals are known to produce psychoactive effects in the body. Delta 8 is a much milder version of delta 9, with a milder high. Both of these have a similar molecular structure, but certain arrangement differences bring out a few differences between the both of them. Delta 8 is almost twice less potent than its counterpart. The good thing about this is that it is less likely to produce uncomfortable sensations and feelings such as anxiety, paranoia, and panic reactions. This is the main reason why people choose a strain that has less THC. Both of these can be found in the form of edibles, tinctures, strains, concentrates, and raw distillate.

Health benefits

Delta 9 THC has mostly been studied for its effects on our pain perception and its benefits to the quality of life. Many researchers warn that it can produce strong effects that can have unpleasant reactions, which is why it is still not approved by the federal government. On the other hand, delta 8 THC has been legalized federally and provides many different benefits such as:

  • Improvement in sleep quality
  • Pain management
  • Enhancement of mood
  • Neuroprotection
  • Boosting your appetite
  • Acting as a potential aid for supportive cancer treatment
  • Eliminating nausea and vomiting sensations
  • Reducing depression and anxiety

Does it get you high?

Both delta 8 and delta 9 produce psychoactive effects that give you the feeling of being stoned or being high. The psychoactive effects in delta 8 are much less pronounced, which is why a lot of people call it "diet weed" or "cannabis light". Delta 8 effects focus more on the body than the mind, which makes it easier for you to go about your day. A lot of places have delta 8 thc for sale in various forms. You can use it sublingually (under the tongue) or even in the form of vapes or edibles.


Delta 9 THC is unregulated, but delta 8 THC has a pretty good safety profile. There have been no reports of life-threatening or severe effects with its use. It is legal on a federal level through the conditions in the 2018 Farm Bill.

Delta 8 produces a much more relaxing effect than delta 9 THC. If you are prone to stress or anxiety, it is better to start using Delta 8.

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Louis O'Neill
Louis O'Neill

Louis is a writer based in Sydney with a focus on social and political issues. Having interviewed local politicians and entrepreneurs, Louis now focuses on cannabis culture, legislation & reform.