Delta 8 THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is a naturally occurring cannabinoid in the cannabis plant. You may see it abbreviated in several ways, such as Δ8THC, Δ8, D8, D8 THC, and D8THC. The compound is an isomer of cannabidiol (CBD) and also of Delta 9 THC. In fact, its similarity to Delta 9 THC is responsible for Delta 8’s increasing popularity.
Delta 9 THC, the most well-known cannabinoid in the cannabis plant, is responsible for the psychoactive or psychotropic effects its users experience. Unfortunately, some users experience a slew of unpleasant side effects, including addiction, paranoia, sleep issues, anxiety, and laziness, to name just a few. However, although Delta 8 THC also has some psychoactive traits and causes a high, the high is much milder and users tend to experience fewer of the negative side effects commonly associated with using Delta 9.
As you may have guessed by their names, there are some similarities between these two cannabinoids. Delta 8-THC and Delta 9-THC have a very similar chemical structure; they both have a double bond that is thought to produce psychoactive effects and/or a high. However, the double bond is in a different place in the structure. Each cannabinoid has a chain of carbon atoms. Delta 8 has the double bond on the 8th carbon, and Delta 9 has the double bond on the 9th carbon. This slight difference makes the difference in the effect.
Hemp initially became exempt from the CSA, and thus removed from the list of controlled substances with the passage of the 2014 Farm Act. The act protected plants that had been registered with a state’s industrial hemp pilot program. Nearly forty (40) states created pilot programs under the 2014 Farm Act. The current Farm Bill, enacted at the end of 2018, expressly provides that hemp-derived cannabinoids, derivatives, extracts, and isomers are included within the definition of lawful hemp. In other words, from a legal standpoint they are all “hemp”. Specifically, the Farm Bill distinguishes lawful hemp from illegal marijuana and defines hemp as follows:
The Farm Bill treats hemp as an agricultural commodity, putting it on par with wheat, grain, and soy. It is clear, then, that Delta 8 THC which is naturally expressed in the hemp plant is not a controlled substance. Currently, most Delta 8 THC on the market is hemp derived. This is because current hemp plants do not have a high enough concentration or quantity of Delta 8 THC to be viable economically.
 21 U.S.C. §802(16)
By now, you may be wondering where to buy Delta 8. In some areas, you can find Delta 8 THC almost anywhere, including dispensaries, head shops, vape shops, and even in some convenience stores. But because Delta 8 is unregulated, it is essential that you do your due diligence before buying Delta 8 to ensure you are getting safe and potent products.
Delta 8 THC products sold online are often safer when it comes to quality. For example, we provide a Certificate of Analysis (COA) from third-party labs for every batch of gummies or vapes we produce. You’ll know that you are getting a safe and potent product, with quality checks at every step.
When isolated as pure Delta 8 THC extract, the cannabinoid is said to have some significant medicinal effects. According to the National Cancer Institute, Delta 8 provides benefits such as nausea relief, anti-anxiety, appetite stimulating, and neuro-protective properties. In addition, because Delta 8 THC is mildly psychoactive, it offers a mild high without the panic, paranoia, and anxiety that comes with a traditional THC product.
While experiences vary from user to user, the concise answer is yes, Delta 8 will have some psychoactive and psychotropic effects, but most users of Delta 8 experience effects far less negative than when using Delta 9. Some people report that they prefer Delta 8 to Delta 9 for its smoother, mellower high without the intense side effects of Delta 9. In addition, many people report feeling relaxed, clear-headed, sleepy, giggly, and hungry, among other feelings. Delta 8 works with the Endocannabinoid System’s receptors and in some instances provides calming effects that may help in getting a better night’s rest.
Chemically, there is a small but significant difference between Delta 8 and Delta 9. This different chemical structure makes Delta 8 less psychoactive than Delta 9, which produces a high that is not as intense and with users reporting fewer side effects. Secondly, Delta 8 acts mainly on the CB1 receptors and little is known about their interaction with CB2 receptors. Delta 9 acts on both CB1 and CB2 receptors.
Most people have heard of cannabinoids such as CBD and THC, but not everyone knows that much about terpenes. Terpenes are natural oils found in plants. Any medical benefits of terpenes combined with cannabinoids are still being studied. Common terpenes include myrcene, limonene, alpha-pinene, linalool, Caryophyllene, Humulene, and more.
Happy Delta 8 contains small amounts of terpenes for flavor.
10-40 milligrams is considered a standard serving of Delta 8. Based on your tolerance or previous experiences with other cannabinoids, you can control where you start. When choosing the amount that is right for you, consider factors such as your tolerance, if you’ve eaten, and more. Start with a half serving if you are new to Delta 8. Gradually increase until you get the desired result.
Each Happy Delta 8 THC gummy contains 25mg of Delta 8 THC. If you are new to Delta 8 or nervous about taking too much, we recommend starting with a small amount, about ½ a gummy. If you are used to Delta 9, you may be able to start with a higher amount. Although there isn’t a known lethal amount of Delta 8, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be careful about the amount you’re ingesting. However, how many gummies you should eat to get the results you want depends on many factors, including your own metabolic rate.
Yes, Delta 8 THC will show up on a drug test. This is because drug tests do not look for individual types of THC specifically, but for THC metabolites. The test does not differentiate between THC from Delta 8 or THC from Delta 9. We don’t even know if it is possible to tell where the THC metabolites have come from.