Savage CBD Weighs-In on the Differences Between CBD & 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? There exist different extracts from the Hemp plant which include CBD and THC. Just like CBD has CBG, THC has Delta-9 and Delta-8.

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

What is CBD?

The letters “CBD” stands for “Cannabidiol”, which is the second-most abundant Cannabinoid molecule naturally occurring in the cannabis and hemp plant. The most abundant molecule in the cannabis and hemp plant is THC. This is the psychoactive chemical that makes users feel “high”; however,  CBD is non-psychoactive so it does not produce a high. It’s impact on the brain varies but the most common effect is the way it interacts with the brain's pain receptors known as the Endocannabinoid System. Although there are still things unknown about CBD, researchers are still discovering more and more everyday about CBD.

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. 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. 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. So keeping in mind the difference in the natural quantities of Delta 8 THC in hemp; but when concentrated it interacts with the nervous system similarly to 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. These small differences make a big difference in the way we react to Delta-8 THC. However, Delta 8 THC contains less than 0.03% Delta 9 THC which is legal under the 2018 Farm Bill.

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. Studies have found that 14% of U.S. adults are using CBD products, and this number stems heavily on the research from the rich Hemp properties. Keep in mind, many of the benefits that Delta 8 THC offers isn’t known or has not been proven just yet. We have highlighted some general comparison and differences between Delta 8 THC and CBD:


  • Non-psychoactive.
  • Lightly binds your CB1 Receptors.
  • Comes in Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid Strains.
  • High probability of passing a drug test.
  • Contains less than 0.03% of Delta 9 THC.

Delta 8 THC

  • Is psychoactive.  
  • Binds CB1 Receptors
  • Comes in  Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid strains.
  • Delta 8 THC can increase your appetite.
  • Low probability of passing a drug test.
  • Contains less than 0.03% of Delta 9 THC.

The most notable difference between both products is the psychoactive effects Delta 8 THC produces. This is a major decision factor on why one would choose one over the other. Despite the many rich Hemp properties in CBD, it will not get you high or offer any head change; but Delta 8 THC does. Getting high or experiencing a head change is what many people seek and 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 (Delta-8 Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol) are two different cannabinoids. Both present their own unique properties, but their makeup is very much different.This would actually be counteractive because it would take away from the less potent psychotropic effects that THC offers.

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.

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 applying it topically or through edibles. This is one of the major reasons why traditionally Cannabis and Hemp were smoked - because of the quicker absorption rate. However, it all works the same; it just takes a little bit longer for different methods.


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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. Although the Farm Bill was passed in 2018 making Hemp derived products legal, you still want to check if it’s legal in your state. Certain states, counties, and cities have laws that might prohibit the sale or use of certain products. 

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