Hemp-derived delta 8 THC is the latest cannabinoid to gain the attention of veteran cannabis consumers and beginners alike. From our perspective at GLAKratom, it seems like delta 8 THC has quickly eclipsed the popularity of CBD.
You may be wondering: what is delta 8 THC? Why does delta 8 THC seem to be more popular than CBD? How does delta 8 THC compare to delta 9 THC, the active cannabinoid in marijuana, which notoriously “gets you high”?
It’s important to understand the differences between these hemp-derived cannabinoids before you purchase or consume any products containing these cannabinoids. Fortunately, the differences between these cannabinoids are not terribly complicated.
CBD will not get you high like delta 9 THC does. In fact, you won’t get high at all from CBD; it’s non-psychoactive. Certainly, there are many individuals out there who don’t take CBD because they don’t like the fact that you don’t get high. But, there are probably just as many users out there who want the benefits of the hemp-derivative, and are happy with the fact that CBD doesn’t cause them to get high. We frequently meet customers who report benefits from taking our CBD-infused products (such as our Tinctures and rubs) and are happy with the fact that they can still function and think clearly after taking their daily dose of CBD.
In a way, CBD works behind the scenes, covertly in your body. Similar to how you don’t take a daily vitamin thinking that you will actually feel an effect, you should not expect to feel anything from taking CBD. What’s also great about hemp-derived CBD is that you don’t have to obtain a license to buy the CBD product from a dispensary like marijuana; in contrast, it’s readily available for purchase online, even on our online store!
Delta 8 THC
Simply put, delta 8 THC is a nice blend between CBD and delta 9 THC. The big differentiator between CBD and delta 8 THC is that consumers report to “feel” delta 8 THC after they consume it. Depending on the method of consumption, these effects can be immediate (by vaping a cartridge or by dabbing), or within 30-45 minutes (by eating a gummy). Reported feelings include: clear-headed relaxation and an uplifting body sensation. Consumers report that the effects of consuming delta 8 THC can last up to 3-4 hours.
In a way, products containing delta 8 THC are a better option for consumers than delta 9 THC because consumers of delta 9 THC frequently report negative effects from the consumption of delta 9 THC, including paranoia, cloudy thinking, “couch lock” and other effects that most people don’t willingly want to pay for. What’s the point of paying for an overpriced delta 9 THC-infused chocolate that gives you anxiety?
Delta 9 THC
Delta 9 THC is the active cannabinoid in marijuana that gets you high. Delta 9 THC is also present in hemp. Delta 9 THC is more psychoactive than delta 8 THC. In many states, you need a medical marijuana card to legally possess and consume delta 9 THC. Some states have legalized marijuana for recreational use. GLAKratom does not produce or sell any marijuana-derived products.
If you’re looking for a more light psychoactive feeling without the anxiety that can come with Delta 9 THC, while getting some of the benefits of CBD, especially the calming and relaxation it provides, Delta 8 THC will be a perfect match for you.
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