Delta-8 THC is one of the hottest topics in hemp right now. It’s a minor cannabinoid that can get you high like traditional THC, but much less so. Delta-8 found in small amounts in the hemp plant and is often converted from other compounds like CBD. If you haven’t heard of it yet, you surely will soon enough.
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Delta-8 is a hemp compound that has become popular because of its similarity to delta-9 THC.
Reason #1 that interest in delta-8 products is surging is its existence in a legal grey area: Delta-8 can be made from hemp. Thanks to the 2018 farm bill, hemp with less than 0.3% THC is considered hemp, and anything that naturally derives from hemp is federally legal.
That means if you convert hemp CBD into delta-8, you end up with a federally legal hemp product that gets people high, although less high than traditional THC. Some states have begun to regulate delta-8, some not.
Reason #2 people are so curious about delta-8 is because it’s supposed to be a much less intense, much more approachable experience than the high you feel from consuming traditional hemp with THC.
Currently, the legality of delta-8 is hazy. It can be extracted from either hemp or hemp. 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—sometimes.
Nearly all delta-8 THC on the market today is manufactured from hemp-derived CBD, which makes it, in theory at least, part of a federally legal chain of origin.
People in states where THC is illegal crave hemp products and are now looking to delta-8 because it may be legal in their state, even though it is less potent than regular THC. Many hemp-based extractors are ramping up delta-8 production to meet this new demand and shipping it all over the US.