In the world of cannabinoids, it seems like we’re learning more every day and more people are becoming curious about what these plant compounds can offer them. While tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are probably the most recognizable and most widely used cannabinoids, there are several others that are catching our attention. One that is rapidly growing in popularity is delta-8 THC*** (Δ8-THC), which offers a mild intoxication that is lighter and milder than “regular” THC (delta-9 or Δ9-THC). Since it is isolated from Hemp plants, this compound is federally legal thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized Hemp and CBD-derived products, which is where delta-8 comes from.

Molecular structure of Delta-8 THC

Delta-9 THC is the compound in cannabis responsible for the high feeling, along with things like euphoria, sedation, and some potential symptom relief. Delta-8 is chemically similar—the only real difference is where the double bond is placed in the carbon chain. They both bind to the body’s endocannabinoid system, but it’s thought that they bind slightly differently, which accounts for the difference in experience. Scientists say that the location of the double bond in the molecule determines the binding action in the body, and this could be the reason for its slightly milder effects.

Like all cannabinoids being researched today, delta-8 is showing some promise when it comes to health benefits and mood enhancement. While many people turn to whole-form cannabis to relieve muscle aches, improve sleep, stimulate appetite, and reduce nausea, some report that delta-8 is demonstrating these benefits with fewer potential downsides. And it’s legal, too.

In the natural cannabis plant, delta-8 THC is a relatively rare cannabinoid, meaning there is less of it than other cannabinoids like delta-9 and CBD. It takes a bit more of the plant to isolate the right amount of delta-8. 

If you are searching for some of the benefits of THC, without worrying about legality issues or getting too high to function, delta-8 could be a great solution for you! Here at Ignite Dispensary, we carry a selection of high-quality delta-8 THC products for you to try, so come down and visit one of our convenient locations or visit our online store today!


***Delta 8 products are NOT available at our Bismarck location***