Delta-8 versus CBD have quite a large contrast as they are both from the cannabis plant however have different effects on the consumer of the product. Read our newest blog post to find out more. Find out the difference between Full Spectrum CBD, Broad Spectrum CBD, Isolate CBD, and Delta-8 THC. As more cannabis-based products are becoming available, it is essential to compare the numerous cannabinoids, like CBD and Delta-8 THC. Read on to learn more.
CBD Oil Vs Delta 8
Posted by Serene Tree Staff on Sep 14th 2020
Delta-8 THC Vs. CBD: What’s the Difference?
Delta 8 THC VS. CBD
The cannabis industry has grown immensely since its start and more people have become aware of what THC and CBD is. If you’re an avid consumer, you probably know about Delta 9 THC, which is more commonly known as THC. But have you heard about Delta 8 THC?
While most people have heard about the main types of cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, there is another upcoming compound in cannabis products, Delta 8 THC. Just like Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) it’s a cannabinoid, but what are the similarities and differences? Delta 8 THC products can be found here.
Similarities Between THC/CBD/Delta 8 THC
Like THC and CBD, Delta 8 THC is a cannabinoid. But Delta 8 is produced by creating an isolate of Delta 9, known as THC. While both THC and Delta 8 THC are very similar, Delta 8 uses a man made process to be created. However, it’s far from being similar to CBD. THC and Delta 8 both have psychoactive properties while CBD does not. CBD is the main compound found in Hemp which has very little psychoactive compounds in it.
What is Delta 8 THC?
Now that we’ve covered the similarities how can Delta 8 THC be different from its cousins, THC and CBD. First, let’s find out what Delta 8 is.
Delta 8 is a cannabinoid which does naturally exist in cannabis plants, however it shows up in very small concentrations. More often, Delta 8 THC is man made from using Delta 9 THC in a process called isolation. While both share similar structures and related stimulating effects, Delta 8 is more stable than Delta 9 THC. In turn, Delta 8 has a lower psychoactive effect than the more common THC does. Delta 8 has also been studied for a more stable way of aiding illness in many forms.
How THC/CBD/Delta 8 Differ
As for CBD, Delta 8 is a new upcoming compound that has not been studied as thoroughly as CBD has. Chemical differences between the two are major compared to the differences between THC and Delta 8. CBD does not contain psychoactive properties and therefore is used widely for people who don’t want the feeling of being “high.” Which is why CBD is used for many instances of health issues and is known for its benefits. But, this doesn’t mean that Delta 8 can’t have benefits as well. Like THC, Delta 8 does show potential for aid in insomnia, anxiety, lack of appetite, and depression.
While THC and Delta 8 are very similar, they do have a few main differences. Obviously, they are different compounds, but that doesn’t mean they cause a different response in the endocannabinoid system. But, because Delta 9 THC combines on the ninth carbon chain and Delta 8 THC combines on the eighth carbon chain, there is a discernible difference in how it interacts with our body’s endocannabinoid receptors. With its change in molecular structure, it appears to be less potent and more appealing than the more unstable Delta 9 THC. Because of this, Delta 8 can be used to treat a wider range of cancer patients, such as those who won’t use Delta 9 THC because of the anxiety feeling they receive when they take it.
Can Delta 8 and CBD Be Combined?
Delta 8 already has a less severe psychoactive effect than Delta 9 THC does. But, Just like Delta 9 THC can be combined with CBD for a less psychoactive effect, Delta 8 and CBD will have the benefits of both cannabinoids with little to no high. This is because the CBD compound will interact with the same receptors as the THC compound, negating the activation of the receptor. This will still allow Delta 8 to introduce its benefits to your body while CBD will reduce the effects of the psychoactive properties of THC, while also bringing in its own benefits.
Which Cannabinoid is Right for You?
Depending on the type of person you are, you may or may not like the effects of some cannabinoids. Depending on what you are looking for in the product you are consuming, each one can be vastly different. Here is what most consumers of CBD and THC look for in each product.
CBD: If you are someone who wants non-psychoactive products with the benefits of aiding in your appetite, hunger etc. CBD is the choice. CBD doesn’t have any psychoactive effects and comes in many forms. You can consume CBD through tinctures, edibles, vapes and more. Its benefits are widely known to be useful to those with anxiety, depression and PTSD. It’s marketed to aid in sleep, as well as in lack of appetite, giving you those midnight munchies. And without the high, most people prefer it if the effect of THC makes them uneasy in any way.
Delta 8 THC: Delta 8 THC is for those who still want the high, unlike CBD. However, it’s known that Delta 8 has a lower psychoactive effect than Delta 9 THC. Which can be appealing to those who like the high, but don’t want to be “out-of-their-mind high.” And just like CBD, it has its benefits if you’re seeking after that as well. It is known to create relaxation, clear-headedness and of course, hunger. Research has shown it helps reduce stress. Stimulate an appetite, and lessen nausea. But just like Delta 9 THC, it can also be combined with CBD for a further diminished psychoactive effect.
Delta 9 THC: Although very similar to Delta 8 THC, Delta 9 THC is for those who want the maximum high they can receive and don’t feel afflicted by the effects of psychoactive products. It is also known that Delta 8 has an increased concentration of benefits, such as a larger appetite stimulation. However, Delta 9 THC still has its benefits, especially for cancer patients. It’s used in various ways, but for those who use Delta 9 THC for medical reasons, use it for pain relief, nausea control, and increased appetite. But for some, the psychoactive properties can have negative effects and cause anxiety or unease. This does not occur in everyone, but this has deterred people from consuming Delta 9 THC products. On the other hand, it can also be used with CBD to decrease the high and still allow you to reap the benefits.
CBD and the more common Delta 9 THC has a respectable name in the cannabis industry. While Delta 8 THC, although hyped up, is less credible than its more popular counterparts. However, with the information given to you, do you think that Delta-8 THC is the right choice for you?
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CBD Isolate vs Broad Spectrum vs Full Spectrum vs Delta-8?
If you have searched online or been to a store that carries CBD products, you are probably overwhelmed by the different cannabinoid spectrums that are available. In a previous article, we discussed the terminology between the spectrums, but didn’t touch on the pros and cons of each. Also, at the time Delta-8 THC was not as widely distributed and not as well known to consumers so we will touch base on that growing segment as well.
1. Full-Spectrum CBD Products
If a product is labeled full-spectrum, that means it is a photocannabinoid rich product that contains a number of cannabinoids besides CBD along with terpenes. Some of the additional cannabinoids found in full spectrums products include:
- Cannabinol (CBN)
- Cannabichromene (CBC)
- Cannabigerol (CBG)
- Cannabidiol Acid (CBDa)
- Cannabidivarin (CBDv)
Full-spectrum products have grown in popularity in recent years because of something known as the “entourage effect”. The entourage effect refers to the synergy achieved by all the components in cannabis. The cannabinoids and terpenes work together to enhance the potential benefit of the plant. Full-spectrum does include trace amounts of THC- below .3% which means the full-spectrum is non-psychoactive.
- Provides the entourage effect
- Least processed extract
- Widely available for sale and consumption
- Trace amounts of THC
- Earthy Flavor if unflavored
2. Broad-Spectrum CBD Products
Do you want to experience “entourage effect” without the THC? Broad-Spectrum products would be a great alternative from full-spectrum products. Broad-spectrum products contain a number of cannabinoids minus THC (Delta-9-Tetrahydocannabinol) along with terpenes. During the extraction process THC is completely removed, leaving a nearly full plant extract. People who are sensitive to any THC or first time CBD users will find broad-spectrum very beneficial.
- Robust cannabinoid profile without THC
- Users still experience the entourage effect
- Less processed than isolate
- Products can be a bit more pricier than full-spectrum or isolate
- Less availability
3. Isolate CBD Products
Perhaps the most popular form of CBD pre-2018 was CBD isolate. Products labeled “CBD Isolate” mean that they only have Cannabidiol (CBD) and no other cannabinoids including THC. The easiest way to remember what isolate CBD stands for is just to remember the term isolating- to be alone. During the extraction process CBD is isolated and extracted from the hemp plant while the extraction process filters out other cannabinoids, terpenes, and plant compounds. Quality Isolate products are CO2 extracted (like the two other forms), and distilled to further concentrate the CBD to a target of 99% pure which means for ever gram of CBD isolate there will be at least 990mgs.
- On average costs less than other forms of CBD
- 99% Pure CBD isolate with most reputable companies
- No entourage effect
- Users may need other cannabinoids to receive optimal results
4. Delta-8 THC
As we pointed out in our 20 CBD Trends of 2020 there were going to be an influx of new product developments that will hit the market. Strain specific products, CBN and CBG dominate products, but nothing can compare to Delta-8 THC products. Delta-8 THC is not new and some companies were selling Delta-8 vape cartridges for years, but popularity rose in 2020 with distribution increasing online, in vape shops, tobacco shops, and more. Even though it has THC on the label as of now, November 2020, it is completely legal to sell and consume because it is extracted from industrial hemp that has less than .3% Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol.
So, what is Delta-8 THC and why is it gaining popularity?
Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol is a minor cannabinoid occurring in the hemp plant in very small concentrations. Remember the hemp plant contains a number of different cannabinoids including less than .3% THC and is CBD dominant. Since Delta-8 THC is found in very small concentrations, products that label their items as “Delta-8 THC” and are Delta-8 THC dominate means that the Delta-8 THC is the degraded form of THC found in the hemp plant. This is similar to Cannabinol (CBN), another cannabinoid found in very small concentration in the hemp plant, but when a product uses a very high concentration, they are not extracting the CBN directly from the plant, rather they are using a degraded form of Delta-9 THC. Delta-8 THC has therapeutic effects, but can have small psychoactive effects. Many users tout that it is a smoother experience than THC and many report less paranoia. Unlike CBD, people who use Delta THC experience some “high”. Delta-8 has grown in popularity for this reason and this is why you will Delta-8 being heavily marketed and available in Vape Shops and Tobacco Shops. We believe Delta-8 THC does have therapeutic effects similar to CBD but we will not be distributing or selling the product since it does have similar effects as Delta-9 THC.
The Differences Between CBD and Delta-8 THC
As the cannabis industry grows in the United States, and due to several recent statewide legalizations, more people have become familiar with the cannabis market, and consumers are increasingly interested in certain benefits of cannabis-derived products. From cannabidiol (“CBD”) to tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”), there are several products containing cannabinoids with different effects and purposes. As new types of cannabinoids become mainstream, the market faces unforeseen growth.
Consumers want to know more about the different types of cannabis-derived products available for their consumption. However, confusion about cannabinoids is quite common. Even the most avid consumers might not know the difference between popular strains, such as CBD and THC, let alone new cannabinoids that become available.
A marijuana-derived strain gaining media attention is Delta-8 THC, a popular cannabinoid that occurs in small concentrations. As more cannabis-based products are becoming available, it is essential for consumers to know the differences and similarities between the numerous cannabinoids. From popular CBD-based products to newcomers such as Delta-8 THC products, an informed consumer can correctly decide which goods are right for them. Learn more about the differences and similarities between CBD and Delta-8 THC below.
Defining CBD: The Popular Cannabinoid
CBD is an acronym for cannabidiol. It is a chemical compound found in the Cannabis sativa plant. The Cannabis sativa plant has two main species: marijuana and hemp. Both hemp and marijuana contain traces of CBD, but there is a significantly higher trace in hemp, which comparatively has lower THC levels than marijuana. Unlike the chemical compound THC, CBD does not produce the psychoactive effects many marijuana users experience. CBD has been extensively researched and has garnered the favor of many cannabis consumers. This extensive research and attention have led activists and researchers to call for political action to make cannabinoids like CBD legal nationwide.
Since CBD (with less than 0.3% Total THC) is legal and readily obtainable across many states, it is one of the most popular and least stigmatized cannabinoids. While many states have legalized the use of CBD-based products, many CBD companies encounter challenges and obstacles implemented by the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”).
Delta 8-THC: The Rare Newcomer
Delta 8-THC is a rare cannabinoid found in cannabis plants. Because Delta-8 THC is so rare, it is often artificially manufactured and converted from CBD. While Delta-8 THC and Delta-9 THC share similar structures, Delta-8 THC is less psychoactive and more stable.
Like CBD, Delta-8 THC is also a cannabinoid. The most significant differences between CBD and Delta-8 THC can be found in Delta-8 THC’s background. Delta-8 THC is known for its anxiety-reducing and psychoactive effects, resulting in the “high” that many consumers experience due to consumption or inhalation. CBD does not necessarily produce psychoactive effects and has been extensively studied for its side effects and benefits compared to Delta-8 THC, which still demands further research. Notably, the future of Delta-8 THC goods is in jeopardy following recent federal warnings against the rare cannabinoid.
When the cannabis community is educated about the hemp and marijuana options available, consumers can make informed decisions about what products are best for them. With years of experience in the legal cannabis communities, Chelsie Spencer is a Dallas-based attorney for Ritter Spencer PLLC. Chelsie Spencer is a trusted advisor for many marijuana, CBD, hemp, and cannabis businesses. Her additional expertise in other areas such as intellectual property law and commercial litigation makes her well-suited to guide her clients through unique legal issues. Contact Ritter Spencer or give us a call at 214.295.5070 for more information.