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Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the most commonly known active cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. It’s also the chemical compound that’s responsible for that “high” we feel every time we puff on a joint.

However, with the legalization of hemp and further studies concerning additional compounds found in cannabis, more cannabinoids are beginning to find their spotlight. While most headlines are currently discussing cannabidiol (CBD), delta-8-THC is also developing a market for itself. As one of the four most common cannabinoids, delta-8-THC works similarly to its delta-9-THC cousin with a few key differences. But does delta-8-THC live up to the hype?

The National Cancer Institute defines delta-8-THC as “an analogue of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties. [Delta-8] binds to the cannabinoid G-protein coupled receptor CB1, located in the central nervous system… this agent exhibits a lower psychotropic potency than [delta-9], the primary form of THC found in cannabis.”

While delta-8-THC is an entirely different compound than delta-9-THC, many of the effects are the same, according to anecdotal reports. Most importantly, consuming it will get you stoned. However, the high isn’t like any I had personally experienced before.

Delta-Effex was kind enough to send a few samples my way so I could compare it to my standard delta-9 experiences.

The first thing that struck me was the effects weren’t immediate. They didn’t kick in until 5 to 10 minutes after consumption, similar to a lingering cannabis strain. However, when they did kick in, I was on a different wave.

A delta-8-THC high had a lot of similarities to a delta-9-THC high—music sounded awesome, food tasted great, my creativity was enhanced, and I had an overall feeling of relaxation. What made the high so much different was I didn’t feel as on edge as I do when I smoke traditional cannabis.

This is one of the biggest promises with this newly discovered cannabinoid—users who’ve reported feeling paranoia on delta-9-THC are likely to feel less anxiety on delta-8-THC.

Still, being as this cannabinoid is so new, we still need a ton of research to confirm these effects are legitimate. It wouldn’t surprise me if this was simply a placebo effect—since I smoked delta-8-THC thinking I’d be less anxious, my body naturally responded.

It shouldn’t be forgotten that delta-8 is still THC, with only a few differences in atomic bonds. With that said, the chances of it having similar effects on you in comparison to delta-9 are high.

However, if you’re looking for an alternative to traditional cannabis, we definitely suggest giving delta-8-THC a try. Delta Effex offers a variety of different ways for you to experience delta-8-THC.