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Whats the difference between Delta 8 and Delta 9?

Updated: Jan 28

If you're a fan of THC products derived from marijuana or hemp, you've probably heard of delta-8 THC and delta-9 THC. But despite their similar names, these two cannabis compounds have some significant differences. In this article, we'll delve into the differences between delta-8 and delta-9 THC, as well as how they compare to delta-10 THC.

How does delta 8 and delta 9 differ on the smallest scale?

First off, let's examine the molecular structure of delta-8 and delta-9 THC. Both of these compounds are found in marijuana and hemp plants and have similar molecular structures. However, they differ in the location of a double bond between two carbons. This small difference may not seem like a big deal, but it actually has a significant impact on how the human brain processes each compound. As a result, delta-9 THC is known to have a stronger psychoactive effect on the brain compared to delta-8 THC.

Whats up with the research though?

Now let's talk about the research we have on these two compounds. Delta-9 THC, which is found in higher levels in marijuana plants, has been the subject of significantly more studies compared to delta-8 THC, which is found in lower levels in marijuana plants. This is due in part to the fact that marijuana-derived delta-9 THC has been more popular and widely studied since the 1940s. In contrast, the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized hemp production in the United States, has led to more research on hemp-derived delta-8 THC.

How high will you get?

When it comes to psychoactive properties, delta-9 THC is known for its strong psychoactive effects, while delta-8 THC is known for its milder psychoactive effects. This is why delta-9 THC is more commonly found in recreational marijuana products. However, THC has been shown to help with chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, as well as appetite stimulation in HIV/AIDS patients.

And the legality? I heard its legal...

In terms of legality, delta-9 THC from marijuana is still illegal under federal law in the United States, although it has been legalized for recreational use in some states. That being said, the 2018 Farm Bill made d9 thc legal in small amount. Below .3% by a dry weight to be specific. So a 4 Gram gummy can have up to 12 mg of D9 THC in it without going over the .3% threshold. We keep it even lower than that to ensure that we are selling compliant and legal products.

Delta-8 THC, on the other hand, is legal at the federal level due to the 2018 Farm Bill being that it is derived from hemp. However, it is worth noting that the legality of delta-8 THC can vary by state.

Theres delta 10 now too??

This compound is even less well-known and researched than delta-8 THC. Delta-10 THC is found in extremely low levels in marijuana plants and has even milder psychoactive effects than delta-8 THC. While there is limited information on the effectiveness of delta-10 THC, it is believed to be less potent than delta-8 THC. Some people claim that delta-10 THC provides a more clear-headed and functional high compared to delta-9 THC, but more research is needed to confirm these claims.


Delta-8 and delta-9 THC are two cannabis compounds that have different molecular structures, levels of psychoactive effects, and use cases. While delta-9 THC is more widely studied and known for its strong psychoactive effects, delta-8 THC is less studied and has milder psychoactive effects. Summit THC Gummies are a great introduction into the world of delta cannabinoids. Delta-10 THC is even less well-known and is believed to have even milder psychoactive effects than delta-8 THC. As the legal landscape for cannabis continues to evolve, we can expect to see more research on these compounds and a better understanding of their potential uses and effects.

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