You have may have heard the latest buzz about the hottest cannabinoid on the market today, delta-8 THC. Do you know what the difference is between delta-8 and good old fashioned THC (delta-9 THC)? Read on for answers!

Delta-8 THC is much like conventional delta-9 THC, but produces a less psychoactive high. The “8” in delta-8 stands for the placement of a chemical bond, one step over from where it sits in delta-9. Its structural similarity allows it to have similar effects.

Delta-8 binds to the endocannabinoid system in a slightly different fashion than delta-9. This is why delta-8 is less potent than delta-9. Both cannabinoids create sensations of euphoria, happiness, sedation, pain relief and more. A good way to think about delta-8 is “Weed Light”.

Delta-8 is legal in most states, however it is illegal to have delta-8 products mailed or shipped to you in the state of Utah. The 2018 Farm Bill, a federal act passed by Congress, legalized hemp in the United States. That act defines hemp as: “All derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent.” This language makes delta-8 legal, because it does not contain any delta-9 THC.

If you are a medical cannabis patient, delta-8 can be found in some Utah pharmacies. As delta-8 is relatively new to the market, it may be challenging to find. If you are looking for a less intense high, with the same medical benefits as regular THC, ask your pharmacist about delta-8 products. If they don’t have any, you can always request they order some!

Our experienced and caring QMPs can get your medical cannabis card in 2 days and direct you to the best cannabinoids to treat your ailments. Call Aloha Medical Consultants today at 385.289.2488 or fill out our medical cannabis card qualification form HERE and someone from our medical team will be in contact with you in 1-2 business days.