The Differences Between CBD and Delta 8 THC

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Differences Between CBD and Delta 8 THC

You might have heard of CBD and THC but did you know that there are different versions of THC? Most people know about Delta-9 THC, but what about Delta-8 THC?

And did you know that CBD from hemp can be converted into Delta-8 THC?

Let's take a look at the differences between CBD versus Delta-8 THC and why this is something you may want to try.

What is CBD?

CBD (Cannabidiol) is the second-most popular cannabinoid molecule from the cannabis and hemp plant, next to THC. THC is the psychoactive chemical that makes users feel “high”; however,  CBD is non-psychedelic so it does not produce a high. Although there are still things unknown about CBD, researchers are still discovering more about it every day.

The most popular ways of consuming CBD are through CBD Tinctures. You are able to take it sublingually which means you place the CBD oil under your tongue then swallow it. Other popular methods include using topicals which come in lotions, balms, and creams. Also, you are able to smoke or vape certain types of CBD. However, you will only want to vape or smoke certain types of products which are labeled for that specific use.

What is Delta 8 THC?

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Delta 8 THC is one of the 100+ cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. Extracting Delta 8 THC from hemp is very labor intensive because hemp plants produce small amounts of THC. Like other cannabinoids, it interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system to bring on its psychotropic effects. Many people consider Delta-8 THC as a lighter version of Delta-9 THC.

The big difference between Delta-8 THC and Delta-9 THC is in the chemistry. The location of the double bond is the 8th carbon atom in Delta-8 THC; and the location of the double bond is the 9th carbon atom in Delta-9 THC. This causes the THC to react differently with the endocannabinoid system, hence the lighter effects.

The Difference Between CBD and Delta 8 THC

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There are many differences between both Delta-8 THC and CBD. It is still unknown how many benefits Delta-8 THC has to offer due to the lack of research. We have highlighted some general comparisons and differences between Delta 8 THC and CBD:


  • Non-psychedelic
  • Binds to your Cannabinoid Receptors
  • Comes in Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid Strains
  • Does not interfere with drug tests

Delta-8 THC

  • Is psychoactive  
  • Binds to your Cannabinoid Receptors
  • Comes in Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid strains
  • Delta-8 THC can increase your appetite
  • Low probability of passing a drug test

The most notable difference between both products is the “high” which Delta-8 THC produces. This is a major decision factor on why one would choose one over the other. Despite the many rich properties in CBD, it will not get you high, but Delta-8 THC will. Getting high or experiencing a head change is what many people seek, and they enjoy the euphoric feeling that it offers. 

Is There A Delta-8 THC CBD?

To answer the question briefly, no, there is no such thing as a Delta-8 THC CBD. Both Delta-8 and CBD are two different cannabinoids. Both present their own unique properties, and their makeup is very much different.

The idea of a Delta-8 THC CBD combination is not practical due to the major differences in both cannabinoids. However, there are some advantages and drawbacks of using the two cannabinoids together; and some advantages using them separately.

For one, CBD has the ability to level out the high associated with THC.

Raw Delta 8 THC Flowers

Another major difference between CBD and Delta-8 THC is that raw Delta-8 THC doesn’t exist in a flower form. However, CBD Flower or Hemp Flower is available. This is because Delta-8 THC is found in very low concentrations within the hemp plant, rarely reaching 1%. In order for manufacturers to obtain large amounts of the cannabinoid, the plant must endure a special process, which consists of extraction, isolation, conversion, and refinement. This is the reason why Delta 8 THC is very valuable because it’s difficult to obtain, it’s benefits, and unique effects that it produces.

Some of the most common ways to enjoy Delta-8 THC include tinctures, cartridges, and edibles. The absorption rate in which your body starts to feel a head change depends on the method you chose. Vaping and smoking has a faster absorption rate than ingesting through edibles. Topical use may have localized benefits but does not result in any high. This is one of the major reasons why traditionally cannabis and hemp were smoked - because of the quicker absorption rate. 


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You are able to find both CBD and Delta-8 THC in local vape shops or specialty stores. However, both products are for sale online.  Here a few places you can shop these products: Diamond CBD, Medterra CBD, and Extract Labs.