Anyone with their finger on the pulse of hemp and cannabis will likely have heard of the new “it” compound that is skyrocketing in popularity.
Delta 8 THC continues to become increasingly well-known within the hemp sphere thanks to its similar effects to Delta 9 THC, but with milder psychoactive effects. Like Delta 9, Delta 8 is an isomer of tetrahydrocannabinol.
The two compounds are very similar in terms of molecular make-up. That said, there is a subtle difference in the carbon chains that each bonds to, which is why each compound may have similar yet somewhat different effects when consumed.
A significant reason for the rise in popularity of Delta 8 THC is the fact that it can be derived from hemp while still producing a mind-altering effect similar to Delta 9. Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill that legalized hemp, Delta 8 THC that is derived from hemp may allow hemp companies to avoid any legal grey areas, while still developing a product that produces a high.
But is this just a trend? Or is Delta 8 something that will stand the test of time?
Many consumers claim to enjoy the effects of Delta 8 even more than Delta 9 because of its slightly milder effects that don’t typically include feelings of paranoia that may accompany use of Delta 9 THC. As such, there continues to be demand for this product, which may put investors and hemp companies in a lucrative position.
However, once cannabis is legalized on a federal level, perhaps the value of Delta 8 may die down, as there may not be as much need to ensure the compound is hemp-derived. Further, there may be some concern that the rapid rise in popularity of Delta 8 may pose a threat to the hemp industry by bringing attention to itself and the fact that the compound, while legal, may still induce a psychoactive effect.
The potentially blurred lines in the legality of hemp in terms of Delta 8 and its ability to get users high could lead to limits on hemp and its uses. Until then, however, Delta 8 continues to be a popular hemp compound that consumers find attractive thanks to its psychoactive properties, though less potent and not as paranoia-inducing as its Delta 9 counterpart.
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