Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as Δ8THC, is one of the many cannabinoids that occur in cannabis plants. Think of it as the younger brother of the more famous THC, the major psychoactive component of cannabis. Delta-8 THC is formed in the cannabis plant when delta-9 THC becomes oxidized. Some of it will convert into an isomer with an extremely similar molecular structure, referred to as delta-8 THC, or Δ8THC for short.
Δ8THC is found in very low concentrations (< 0.1%) in CBD hemp flower. However, it can be extracted or converted using other cannabinoids and made into a concentrated form for a variety of uses. There is still some mystique surrounding this lesser known cannabinoid.
According to some users, delta 8 can get you stoned. Other users report feeling little to nothing in terms of intoxication. Delta 8 is psychoactive, but its intoxicating qualities are not a given like with delta 9 THC.
Similar to CBD, delta 8 also binds to the CB-1 cannabinoid receptors in the nervous system, but delta-8 THC tends to react differently due to its slightly altered molecular structure. Users have reported clear-headed, anxiolytic (anti-anxiety), and non-sedative effects. In many ways, the effects of delta 8 are like the opposite of delta-9 THC. But everyone is different, and products and strengths vary, so always err on the side of caution.