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Delta 8 THC: Fad or Here to Stay?

Lisa Rennie
Written by Lisa Rennie

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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Lisa Rennie

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