Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC are both compounds found in the cannabis sativa plant, but they have important differences that consumers should understand before consuming either substance. Delta-8 THC is a new form of recreational THC that has quickly become popular and is rapidly available in the United States. It has psychoactive and intoxicating effects, similar to those of delta-9 THC, but the experience is much more subtle. The dosage varies from person to person, and consuming twice the dose of delta-8 that you would consume of delta-9 is generally considered a way to get an equivalent high.
The effects of a dose that is too high are similar for both delta-8 and delta-9 and include mental confusion, increased anxiety, general unpleasant sensations, tiredness, and impaired motor skills. The natural amount of THC delta-8 in hemp is very low and additional chemicals are needed to convert other hemp cannabinoids, such as CBD, into THC delta-8.Research on long-term use of delta-9 THC and its effects on sleep is limited; some studies show an improvement in sleep patterns and others indicate that chronic consumption of delta-9 THC may have the opposite effect, since it disrupts sleep and delays the onset of sleep. The FDA is aware of media reports that delta-8 THC products are causing consumers to “get high” and is concerned about the proliferation of products that contain delta-8 THC and that are marketed for therapeutic or medical purposes, although they have not been approved by the FDA. Selling unapproved products with unsubstantiated therapeutic claims is not only a violation of federal law, but it can also put consumers at risk, since these products have not been proven to be safe or effective.
In short, it is impossible to say with certainty that THC delta-8 does not give a positive result in a drug screening test, since everything depends on the quality and content of the specific THC delta-8 product used, as well as the type of drug test being performed. That said, the laws surrounding the production, sale, and use of delta-8 THC and delta-9 THC are constantly evolving. According to the FDA, products containing delta-8 THC may contain potentially harmful chemicals or contaminants, including household chemicals that are used during the chemical synthesis process that produces delta-8 THC. Delta-8 THC interacts with the same CB1 and CB2 receptors in the central nervous system as delta-9 THC.
Ultimately, the choice between Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC depends on your personal needs and desires. It is important for consumers to know that products containing delta-8 THC have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA for safe use in any context.