Many will often compare Delta 8 THC to Delta 9 THC. This is a reasonable comparison since both Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC has similar properties. In fact, Delta 8 THC is a unique cannabinoid found in the hemp plant. As Delta 9 ages in a hemp plant it naturally converts to Delta 8 THC. When it converts to Delta 8 it offers a milder psychoactive effect. Generally, Delta 8 is about 25 to 30 percent less psychoactive than Delta 9. For many this offers a milder and often more enjoyable experience than Delta 9
At an anatomical level Delta 8 and Delta 9 are slightly different. Delta 8 is bonded on the 8th carbon atom while Delta 9 is bonded on the 9th carbon molecule. This slight difference in the anatomical structure is what causes the difference in how Delta 8 and Delta 9 bind to your body’s endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is how all cannabinoids like Delta 8 and Delta 9 are processed in our bodies. This difference in how it binds to these endocannabinoid receptors is what given the slightly different feeling between Delta 8 and Delta 9.
And since we are looking at how it reacts with the endocannabinoid system, Delta 8 has a unique affinity for CB1 receptors in our endocannabinoid system. In particular it binds with CB1 receptors in our nervous system which explains many of the unique effects Delta 8 has compared to Delta 9.