Delta-8 THC and delta-9 THC are both cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, but they differ in their chemical structure and effects.
Delta-9 THC is the most abundant and well-known cannabinoid in the cannabis plant. It is responsible for the psychoactive effects commonly associated with cannabis use, such as euphoria, altered perception, and increased appetite. Delta-9 THC is classified as a Schedule I substance in the United States and is illegal under federal law.
Delta-8 THC is a less abundant cannabinoid in the cannabis plant, and it differs from delta-9 THC in its chemical structure. Delta-8 THC has a double bond on the 8th carbon chain, while delta-9 THC has a double bond on the 9th carbon chain. Delta-8 THC is also less psychoactive than delta-9 THC, meaning it produces a milder high. Some users report feeling more clear-headed and less anxious when using delta-8 THC compared to delta-9 THC.