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What Is the Difference Between Delta 8 and Delta 9?

The cannabis family of plants is amazing and highly complex. There are at least 400 active substances and between 60 and 124 cannabinoid compounds in cannabis plants. Two of these compounds have gained popularity recently: Delta 9 and Delta 8.

What are these compounds and how are they different? Get ready for a deep dive into the chemistry of Delta 8 and Delta 9.

What Is Delta 8?

delta 8 vs delta 9Delta 8 is the common term for delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol. It is one of many cannabinoids produced naturally by the cannabis plant. However, Delta 8 is typically not produced in high concentrations in most cannabis plants. Concentrated amounts of Delta 8 result from the production of hemp-derived cannabidiol or CBD.

Although CBD does not have the intoxicating effects of THC, Delta 8 THC does have psychoactive properties, just to a lesser degree than some other cannabinoids with a milder effect.

What Is the Difference Between Delta 8 and Delta 9?

Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC are made with the same basic building blocks: carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. What makes these two compounds distinct is how these building blocks are arranged. Delta 8 has an eighth carbon atom with a double bond, while Delta 9 has a ninth carbon atom with a double bond. It may sound subtle, but the structural difference of these compounds impacts how each substance affects the body.

Both Delta 8 and Delta 9 bond with CB1 receptors, triggering feelings of relaxation, pain relief, and euphoria. However, Delta 8 THC does not induce the same psychoactive effect in most users as Delta 9. Delta 8 doesn’t give you the same “high.” Since it is less potent and does not offer the same psychoactive experience, Delta 8 may be a good option for individuals looking for pain relief, improved sleep quality, and appetite stimulation with milder mind-altering effects.

Using Delta 8 THC

delta 8 and delta 9 productsDelta 8 THC takes many of the same forms as Delta 9 THC. You can purchase Delta 8 in dried plant form which can be used for smoking or infusing. You can also find Delta 8 in:

  • Vape juice
  • Edibles
  • Lozenges
  • Skin care products like balms and lotions
  • Candy
  • Tincture
  • Gummies
  • Drinks
  • Capsules

You can create your own Delta 8-infused products at home. All you need is the LĒVO family of infusion machines. The LĒVO II, LĒVO Lux, and LĒVO C allow you to infuse the herbs or plants of your choice into butter, oils, milks or honey. You can control the flavor and potency of your infusion and use it to craft homemade edibles and skincare products.

Unsure where to start? Using Delta 8 in an LĒVO machine is an easy way to experiment with infusions. You can extract the benefits of the plant without the high cost of purchasing these products in specialty stores or wasting time driving all over town looking for the flavor profile you prefer.

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