When comparing the psychoactive potency, Delta 9 THC is significantly more potent than Delta 8 THC. This difference is due to the way each cannabinoid interacts with the ECS. Delta 9 THC binds to CB1 receptors in the brain, causing stronger psychoactive effects and the cannabis “high”. Delta 8 THC binds to receptors, but not as strongly, leading to a less intense experience.
Delta 9 THC can make you feel really happy, change how you see time and space, and make your senses stronger. These effects are typically more intense and immediate, especially when inhaled. Delta 8 THC creates calmness and positive emotions without strong mind-altering effects. It’s good for daytime use or when you need to concentrate.
The US considers products with less than 0.3% Delta 9 THC legal. The 2018 Farm Bill establishes this legality. However, some states have specific regulations regarding Delta 8 THC, so it’s important to be aware of local laws.