As the cannabis industry continues to grow and legalization progresses, more people have become aware of THC and CBD. If you’re an active consumer, you probably know about Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol, more commonly known as THC, as well as Delta 8 THC. But you may be wondering if delta 8 CBD is an option as a non-psychoactive counterpart to delta 8 THC. Read on to find out the differences and potentially use cases for these cannabinoids.
Does Cannabis Contain Delta 8 CBD?
No, by definition Delta 8 is a psychoactive cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant and a variation of THC. While you may find products that contain both CBD and Delta 8 THC – and may even be labeled as “Delta 8 CBD Gummies” or “Delta 8 CBD Flower” – know that they are separate components of the plant.
If there’s no Delta 8 CBD, then what is Delta 8?
Delta 8 is a cannabinoid which naturally exists in cannabis in small concentrations. Most often, Delta 8 THC is produced using Delta 9 THC in a process called isolation. While both share similar structures and reported stimulating effects, Delta 8 has a lower psychoactive effect than the more common Delta 9 THC does.
What is CBD?
CBD is a non-intoxicating compound found in cannabis and the second-most abundant cannabinoid in the plant after THC. CBD can be sourced from both marijuana and hemp plants. Positioned as a wellness product, research into CBD has been conducted for maladies such as pain, inflammation, epilepsy, and seizures.
What are the similarities or differences between Delta 8 and CBD
Despite their similar chemical structures, CBD and THC do not have the same psychoactive effects. CBD does not produce the “high-effect” or euphoria that may be associated with THC and it’s the main compound found in hemp which has very little psychoactive compounds. Just like with Delta 9, Delta 8 THC can be combined with CBD, only with a less psychoactive effect. Delta 8 and CBD can have the effects of both cannabinoids with little to no high.
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