What is Delta-8 THC? An Exploration of One of Today’s Most Talked About Cannabinoids

Products containing Delta-8 THC, a naturally-occurring hemp-derived cannabinoid, have been growing in popularity across the United States. 

These days, you can find Delta-8 THC products even in states where cannabis is prohibited. That explains why it’s a popular alternative to the traditional THC products you’re likely to find in a legal cannabis dispensary. 

But what is Delta-8 THC? Do Delta-8 products actually contain THC? And why is Delta-8 THC (mostly) legal? 

Keep reading! Let’s take a closer look at this popular new cannabinoid.

What is Delta-8 THC?

Delta-8 THC is a compound naturally found in both marijuana and hemp, but most of the Delta-8 THC products currently available on the market are sourced from hemp.

Manufacturers use modern refining and distillation processes to source this powerful compound from the raw materials of industrial hemp, creating a natural alternative for those who don’t have access to marijuana-sourced THC products.How is Delta-8 THC Made?

Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) begins as hemp-derived Cannabidiol isolate, the pure powdered form of CBD.

Manufacturers use a solvent and catalyst to break down the CBD, essentially “closing the loop” to create the Delta-8 THC bond. This helps create the Delta-8 THC effects that mirror the impact of traditional marijuana-based THC by mimicking that molecule’s structure and how it interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid system.Is Delta-8 Natural or Synthetic?

So, given that process, is Delta-8 THC synthetic? In short, no. 

Delta-8 THC is a naturally-occurring compound made from hemp plant-derived CBD, so chemists consider it a natural product. While Delta-8 requires refining, that doesn’t change its natural product status. Does Delta-8 Have THC?

Delta-8 is a type of THC and is similar in structure to the Delta-9 THC found abundantly in marijuana. In fact, when you break down the Delta-8/Delta-9 THC difference, it all comes down to a single molecule.

So the answer to the question, “Does Delta-8 have THC in it?” is yes, but that doesn’t mean the experience is the same as consuming the type of THC found in marijuana. The THC structure contained within Delta-8 is different, and so are the effects on your body.

Is Delta-8 the Same as CBD?

While Delta-8 is refined from hemp-derived CBD, Delta-8 THC is not the same. 

So what’s the difference? Delta-8 THC is a hemp-based product that’s been further refined to amplify its euphoric effects (it’ll get you high). We realize this is somewhat confusing, so let’s take a closer look at the differences. 

CBD vs. Delta-8 THC

CBD isn’t intoxicating at average doses – but it’s still considered “psychoactive” because CBD helps calm brain receptors, reduces stress, and promotes restful sleep. People often think “psychoactive” means intoxicating. However, in reality, it’s both. 

CBD produces relaxing effects within the body and the mind, but will not leave you feeling “high.” In contrast, Delta-8 impacts the mind and body with euphoric feelings that vary with the amount consumed.Can you take CBD and Delta-8 Together? Yes, You Can. 

What happens when you consume CBD and Delta-8 THC simultaneously?

The answer is amplification. Pairing Delta-8 and CBD together can boost both arenas of wellness, euphoria, and relaxation. Many brands (like us) offer products that combine the benefits of CBD and Delta-8 THC so that you can enjoy the best of both worlds.Does Delta-8 Get You High?

Now we’ve got our terms straight, let’s get down to the essential question; will Delta-8 THC get you high?

Let’s break it down to learn more about how a Delta-8 high feels. 

Does Delta-8 Get You High Like Delta-9 THC?

What does Delta-8 THC feel like? It’s similar to the more familiar marijuana THC high but with a Delta-8 twist.

While it activates the same receptors in the endocannabinoid system, the Delta-8 THC feeling is less intense than the high created by marijuana-based THC products purchased from a legal dispensary.

What Does Delta-8 Do to The Body?

Many people consume Delta-8 THC the same way they’d take CBD or traditional THC. Still, the question remains what is Delta-8 suitable for? 

Delta-8 THC can create feelings of ease and comfort within the body, helping lessen inflammation and reduce minor aches and pains. In addition, many people like incorporating Delta-8 THC into their overall wellness routines to help support exercise or encourage restful sleep.

What are Delta-8 Effects?

Within the mind, Delta-8 THC produces effects that are also similar to the impact of marijuana-based THC.

Many consumers report experiencing relaxation and euphoria after consuming Delta-8 THC products. It can lead to general feelings of positivity and energetic flow; instant good vibes.

How Long Does a Delta-8 High Last?

A Delta-8 high is like a conventional marijuana high in that it varies considerably depending on several factors.

In general, a Delta-8 high can last anywhere from 3-8 hours, depending on the dose, potency, and physical response to the compound.Is Delta-8 Legal?

One factor is the source. If it’s extracted from marijuana, you’re out of luck. 

But the rules for hemp-based Delta-8 THC are different! Hemp and hemp extracts are legal in the US, making hemp-sourced Delta-8 an excellent alternative for people living in places where recreational and medical marijuana are still against the law.

Is Delta-8 Legal in all States?

Because it’s extracted from hemp, based on the 2018 Farm Bill, Delta-8 is currently Federally legal (but not FDA approved). Still, some states have taken it upon themselves to declare Delta-8 THC illegal. As of the time of this publication, those states are:

Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Utah, or Vermont..

Always consult your state and local laws to determine if Delta-8 is permitted in your area.

What Products Can Include Delta-8? 

Technically legal (at least in most places), definitely fun, and available in many forms, it’s no wonder Delta-8 THC is gaining popularity. So let’s take a closer look at some of our favorite forms to explore:


Delta-8 chewables are one of our favorite ways to consume this intriguing cannabinoid. Our Delta-8 chewable tablets are delicious and easy to consume and dose, so they’re an excellent way to get your daily Delta-8 THC dose. You can take a whole tablet or bite it in half for a micro-dosed experience.


Delta-8 tinctures are an easy way to get your dose when you’re on the go. And if, like us, you nano-emulsify your tincture and package it in aerosol spray form, it’s even better! So toss a spray in your backpack or purse for Delta-8 THC access on-demand. Flower

Many cannabis fans living in a state with sanctions against weed enjoy hemp flower sprayed with Delta-8 for the legal simulacrum of the smoking experience it provides. A little old school and highly tactile, this form of Delta-8 is for those who like getting hands-on.

Are you ready to explore Delta-8 THC? Click here to place an order from Forge Hemp Company.

*The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated the statements made regarding these products. The efficacy of these products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from healthcare professionals. Please consult your healthcare professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act require this notice.

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