By Chris Duffield
As of late, a new type of hemp product has been all the rage. According to New Leaf Data Services, Δ8-THC is “the fastest growing segment” of products derived from hemp. Consumer sales amount to at least $10 million and are increasing fast.
While Δ8-THC differs in name only one digit from its predecessor Δ8-THC, there are other, significant differences between them that consumers should be aware of.
What is Δ8-THC?
Delta-8-Tetrahydrocannabinol is a lesser-known cannabinoid that is only found in very small amounts in the hemp or cannabis plant. Because of this, Δ8-THC is most commonly produced by transforming CBD through a chemical process called isomerization. The National Cancer Institute has described Δ8-THC as "an analogue of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties."
With an almost identical atomic structure to Δ9-THC, Δ8-THC was largely overlooked by the scientific community until 1995 when the "godfather of cannabis research", Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, decided to re-examine this mystery molecule for its antiemetic properties and its potential to aid in arresting tumor growth.
Nowadays, Δ8-THC infused products are steadily growing in popularity and can be found in most retail locations across the United States.
What’s the Difference Between Δ8-THC and Δ9-THC?
The atomic structure of Δ8-THC is nearly identical to that of Δ9-THC, except for the placement of a single atomic bond. Both THCs have a double bond, but Δ8-THC has its double bond on the eighth carbon, where Δ9-THC has its on …