D8: A more “Clear Headed” High than D9 THC?

Written by Antonio DeRose

For people who have yet to try delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol (D8), many wonder what the high feels like. This can be somewhat difficult to describe since cannabinoids affect each of us differently. However, that hasn’t stopped people from sharing about their experiences with D8 and the consensus seems to be that D8 is a more clear-headed high.

You can find several anecdotal reports from consumers in various media outlets describing the D8 high as being similar yet not as powerful as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Reports in LA Weekly say that “Most people describe Delta 8 THC as a lightweight, more clear-headed, and less trippy version of delta 9 THC”. [1] This is how the effects of the D8 high seem to be described everywhere, so it’s fairly safe to assume it’s somewhat accurate.

At the same time, we all know what happens when we assume things. Luckily, there is some scientific evidence that suggests this widely-spread claim to be true. Research published in  Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics compared the effects of D8 to THC. Their findings concluded that D8 had a 2:3 potency level when compared to the potency of THC. [2]

Now, this at least gives some credible scientific evidence to the claim that the D8 is less potent than THC. It also suggests that the effects of D8 could in fact give consumers a high that might be described as more clear-headed. This makes further sense, because if D8 is not as potent as THC, then there’s a chance the high could present itself with other feelings, with having a clear head being one of them.

We mentioned how cannabinoids affect each of us differently, and that’s important to keep in mind. If we all had to rate the high of D8 on a scale of one to ten, we may all come up with different answers. However, there’s a good chance our answers may be similar, and some people are sure to agree with each other. The only way to really find out if D8 gives you a more clear-headed high than THC is to try it for yourself.



1- What Is Delta 8 THC: Effects & Differences From Delta-9. LA Weekly. Times Cited: 0 Journal Impact Factor: N/A

2- Hollister, L., et al., Delta-8- and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol; Comparison in man by oral and intravenous administration. Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 1973. Volume 14, Issue 3: Pages 353-357. Times Cited: 42 Journal Impact Factor: 7.266

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