​Delta 8 vs Delta 9 THC: Differences and Similarities

Posted by Drew Giles on Sep 18th 2022

​Delta 8 vs Delta 9 THC: Differences and Similarities

Hey Bud, we hope you are doing absolutely fantastic! In Today’s blog we wanted to talk about 2 very common forms of THC: Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC. While they have some of the same attributes, that also have some distinguishing characteristics. We are going to try to keep this short and concise. Lets get into it!

What is Delta 9 THC?
Delta 9 THC is good ole THC, the stuff that has always been around. Delta 9 THC is the naturally occurring THC which has been consumed for millenniums and is the psychoactive cannabinoid responsible for the high associated with marijuana.

Delta 9 THC is a Schedule 1 Narcotic in the US and is federally illegal at concentrations of greater than .3% on a dry weight basis.

What is Delta 8 THC?
Delta 8 THC is part of what is called alt cannabinoids, which are a group of cannabinoids which arose from the hemp industry through cannabinoid science. Delta 8 THC is a psychoactive cannabinoid which also provides many of the same effects as Delta 8 THC.

Delta 8 THC is a federally legal cannabinoid and is federally legal at any concentration.

What is the difference between Delta 8 and Delta 9?
One major difference between Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC are the legalities. Delta 8 THC is federally compliant, where as Delta 9 THC is federally illegal. On the other hand, some states in the US have legalized Delta 9 THC and adult use cannabis laws, but have imposed bans on Delta 8 THC. Cannabis is weird, we know.

Another difference between the 2 are the effects. 

Delta 8 vs Delta 9 strength
Delta 8 is considered to be less potent than Delta 9, about 2/3's of the strength. 

Are the effects of Delta 8 and Delta 9 the same?
While similar, the effects of Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC are distinguishable. Delta 9 THC is more potent than Delta 8. Delta 8 is considered to be two thirds the strength of Delta 9. Delta 8 THC is also more sedative than Delta 9 THC, which is great for the indica lovers of the world. Delta 9 can be more uplifting and energizing than Delta 8 THC. 

THC can be amazing for alleviating several physically and mental discomforts as well as simply lifting your spirits, improving your mood and improving your rest.

What similarities do Delta 8 and Delta 9 Have?
Well simply put, they are both psychoactive cannabinoids and provide a buzz with consumption. Both of these cannabinoids have also properties that can help you relax and find relief various ways: recreationally and therapeutically. Delta 8 is very comparable to Delta 9 THC and has allowed people around the nation to access THC where they previously had no avenue to explore cannabis at all. 

As both of the cannabinoids are psychoactive, safe consumption is essentially to ensuring you have an enjoyable experience. 

Cannabis is constantly evolving and ever changing. Best Buds is here to help navigate the green seas in any way we can! If you have questions about cannabis use or what products are right for you contact us anytime and see how we can help!

How To Choose Between Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC
If you are looking to choose between the two, or understand if Delta 8 is right for you, we have a couple of things to consider. First, what are you looking to use cannabis for? THC is a great for a slew of discomforts, but CBD may also be great for you. One major difference between THC and CBD are the psychoactive effects.

Another thing to consider is your personal tolerance. If you are a regularly, chronic Delta 9 THC user, Delta 8 THC may not provide the effects you are looking for without a high dose. On the other hand, both Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC can be extremely potent and psychoactive, you should also consider this if you are not a regular user. 

With THC, it is always best to start slow and work your way into what works for you! Its always best to start with a lower dose and then scale up from there.