CBD, the famous cannabinoid extracted from the hemp plant, has been legalized nationally since 2018. According to CBDJAY, it’s been known (and researched) for its magic at healing chronic pain, anxiety, stress, and sleep.
This magical herb is especially popular amongst its users and the government, because it is not psychoactive, like THC, its counterpart found in high quantities in cannabis plants. THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) binds to a receptor in our endocannabinoid system–found in all mammals–and produces intoxication.
The intoxicating aspect of THC is what makes it illegal in most states, and regulated in others. The concern is most attributed to people driving while high and the inability to detect when was the last time they ingested THC.
Now, a more recent, yet undiscussed, discovery is coming out from the shadows: Delta-8.
What is the Legality of Delta-8?
Delta-8 is the manipulated form of CBD, in which the compound is isolated in the extraction process. Although it’s an organic element of CBD, by isolating it we increase the potency. Great, so what’s the big deal?
Delta-8, like Delta-9, has psychoactive effects. Not only are the effects slightly different than that of THC, it is completely undetectable. In simpler terms, people who get drug tested for THC can use Delta-8 to get the same “high” and not be punished for it!
As the word gets out about Delta-8 and the popularity increases, it comes as no surprise that the legality of this substance is coming into question. If it can’t be regulated (that is, detected), it’s likely that it will fall into the same category as THC in many states.
As its legality is challenged, it still remains on the shelves! Companies like baysmokes.com sell Delta-8 in its natural herb form, in vape carts, as distillate (pure extraction) and as gummies.
If you live in Colorado or another state where THC is legalized, you might be wondering why you would ever want or need to make the switch to Delta-8, even if it does become legal.
How Delta-8 Differs from THC
Similarly to different strains of THC, Delta-8 offers some major differences in preference. Some people don’t like to be high because they get the munchies and eat their whole pantry, become groggy and fall asleep, get paranoid and potentially call the cops on themselves, or wake up with a “weed hangover” the next day.
While Delta-8 still offers some munchy sensations, it really acts as THC’s opposition. Many users report feeling active, productive, creative, and easily occupied. The high is not so intense as it can be with THC, allowing for a more gentle up and down, rather than a rollercoaster. Because it does not hit so strong, it is less likely to put you into a coma or result in a hangover.
It is known as the middle ground between CBD and THC and is great for newbie users looking for that high, as well as people who are THC sensitive.
Delta-8 is currently widely available online; however, that is likely to change within 2021.
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