What is Delta-8?

The New Addition of Delta-8 Into The Market

As we know, the world of abusive drugs is constantly changing with new variations of drugs popping up left and right. One area of this world that is continually evolving is the new variations of THC and CBD. Since marijuana is not widely legal, many are trying to create new hybrid variations of CBD, which allows them to be used widely while still giving you a similar high as THC.
Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-8-THC, Δ8-THC) is a psychoactive cannabinoid found in the Cannabis plant. It is an isomer of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-9-THC, Δ9-THC), the compound commonly known as THC. Delta-8 is a cannabis compound that has become popular because of its similarity to delta-9 THC, the main compound in cannabis that gets you high. Delta-8 has been growing in popularity, especially in states that have not yet legalized recreational marijuana use. Delta-8 is sold in a number of different forms including gummies, oils, vape pods, etc.
The legality of delta-8 is hazy at this time. Delta-8 can be extracted from either hemp or cannabis. Because of the 2018 farm bill, hemp can be legally grown and used for extractions all over the United States, making delta-8 legal in states where delta-9 THC is illegal. Nearly all delta-8 sold today are manufactured from hemp-derived CBD, which makes it, in theory, of a federally legal origin. Since in theory delta-8 is a legal substance stores across the nation have been scrambling to keep delta-8 products in stock. Which has lead to a huge spike in users over the past year.

Delta-8 can give people a high, while not as potent as delta-9 THC. Consumers report many of the same effects as THC, such as euphoria, happiness, uplifting feelings, and relief from some symptoms including pain. Resulting in this “legal” drug acting like the illegal delta-9. Side effects may also be similar to those of THC, including dry mouth, red eyes, short-term memory loss, paranoia, and anxiety.

Products advertised as delta-8 have a high likelihood of containing detla-9 due to the unregulated manufacturing process.

Since delta-8 is similar to delta-9 in chemical structure and the side effects it produces, delta-8 also responds to drug tests in the same way. Your body will retain its metabolites for some time. The metabolites produced by delta-8 are the same as those produced by delta-9 THC. The primary non-active metabolite that delta-8 THC gets reduced to in the body is 11-Nor-9-carboxy THC or THC-COOH. These lipid-soluble metabolites do not get flushed out of your body easily and can linger in the body like any other THC and may be detected by a drug test. As with all substances, the amount of time delta-8 will remain detectable varies from person to person. When testing a cross-reaction can occur with delta-8 and the THC strip on a rapid oral fluid drug test.

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