Delta-8, the newest cannabis compound, has created quite a buzz. People are curious about whether or not it is legal and safe because of its similarities to tetrahydrocannabinol which can cause feelings like "high", or euphoria.
The short answer to your question is that delta 8 is in a gray zone, which means its legal status is unclear. However, many states have already taken steps to ban the use of delta-8, and other states may follow their lead. These products are available both online and in stores, but they have not been regulated or proven safe.
This article will cover everything you need to know about delta-8: what it is and how it works.
What is delta-8?
The cannabis plant has more than 100 cannabinoids, compounds that have a positive effect on the body. The two main cannabinoids found in greater amounts are cannabidiol and THC.
There are also many minor cannabinoids that occur in lower amounts such as cannabinol, cannabigerol, and tetrahydrocannabivarin. It's the only minor cannabinoids that have been shown to intoxicate or make you "high".
Delta-8, however, is only found in smaller amounts and so it can be more difficult (and also more expensive) for products to be extracted from plants.
THC and Delta-8 share many similarities. THC's scientific name is actually delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (also known as delta-9). This means that both delta-8 and Delta-9 are different forms of THC.