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A Guide to Delta-8 THC: What Is It & Is It Legal?

Want the mood-boosting vibes of CBD… with some of the euphoria of THC? Delta-8 THC may be what you’re looking for. 

You might have heard Delta-8 (D8) called “weed light” or “diet THC.” Some also refer to it as a middle ground between CBD and THC. But many are just hearing about this cannabinoid for the first time. If that’s you - you’re in the right place! 

Whether you’re just curious to learn about this new cannabis product or eager to incorporate a little extra something into your routine, we’ll share what we know about Delta-8 THC, how it differs from CBD, and a brief breakdown of the legalities of it all. (Spoiler alert… it’s complicated.)

What is Delta-8? And does it get you “high”?

First, Delta-8 THC is a new product. Research is still developing and most of the studies have been conducted on animals - not humans. That said, here’s what we do know: Delta-8 is one of the 100-plus cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Two of the other notable cannabinoids are Delta-9 THC (the primary active ingredient in marijuana that produces feelings of  being “high”) and CBD (the part that’s known for calming vibes - but not any psychoactive effects). 

In this sense, Delta-8 THC has similarities to Delta-9 THC because it does get you “high.” However, the strength of the “high” is often anecdotally said to be milder and smoother than other Delta-9 THC products. Hence, why it’s nicknamed “weed light” and “diet THC.” 
A report from the US Cannabis Council noted that Delta-8 has "a lower affinity" to the CB1 cannabinoid receptors in the brain. In other words, it was shown to be less potent when it comes to getting someone “high.” However, the report also noted it still may have up to 75 percent of the psychotropic potency of Delta-9.

So wait, is Delta-8 THC Legal?

Delta-8 THC is currently legal in the state of Florida (although products sold here cannot be shipped out of state) and is technically legal in other states  - but this is where things get a little confusing.

Here’s why: In 2018, the Farm Bill passed, which allowed the production of hemp with a concentration of Delta-9 THC that’s less than or equal to 0.3%. However the bill makes no mention of Delta-8 THC, so there’s still uncertainty about how that will play out legally. 

It’s also important to note that as of June 2021 - 36 states allow for medical use of cannabis products and 18 states - including California, Washington, Maine, and New York - allow for adult recreational use

This is constantly evolving so we’ll do our best to keep you all informed as policies change.

 The similarities & differences between D8 & CBD

Both CBD and D8 are cannabinoids found in cannabis plants known for producing “feel-good” vibes. Plus, the way D8 is consumed is a lot like CBD. You’ll see gummies, tinctures, edibles, and smokable flower.

A difference between CBD & D8 - is that the latter has THC, so it will get you “high.” Also, while CBD is still in its early stages of research, there’s a lot more information on it than D8. Hopefully, that changes soon as the demand for Delta-8 THC increases.

Are there benefits to D8?

We’ve heard consumers’ experience an overall improved sense of well-being after using Delta-8 THC. This can range from improved anxiety management to pain relief to a more energized mood. Exciting, right? 

Other potential exciting benefits include:

  • May help decrease nausea and alleviate pain

  • Helps boost mood and feelings of energy

  • Stimulates appetite

Again, more studies on humans need to be conducted before any specific healing and therapeutic claims can be made. But it’s still exciting to hear positive stories in the meantime. 

 How to use D8 products

If you search “D8 products online” you’ll find gummies, brownies, tinctures, blunts, and even rice crispy treats. So, if you like to chew, smoke, or use tinctures - there’s something for you. 

There’s not a ton of information about the “entourage effect” with D8. We’re still learning about how it works with other cannabis products like CBD. But we’ll keep you updated!

South Tip’s Delta-8 THC Collection (for Florida only!)

At South Tip, we are stoked to offer a collection of Delta-8 THC products! Couple the benefits of D8 with another cannabinoid like CBG - and you’ve got maximum feel-good vibes coming your way. You in? 👌

Now that you know all about D8, read our blog about the differences between CBD and CBG.

The Food and Drug Administration does not evaluate the products sold on this Website. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any medical conditions. Individual results may vary. Always consult with a medical health professional before using any product on this Website.
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