The main difference between marijuana and hemp is that hemp contains very small amounts of THC. Federal law states that it cannot contain more than 0.3% of delta-9 THC in dry weight.
Delta 9THC is found naturally in the cannabis plant and can be found at lower levels in hemp varieties. Meanwhile, overstimulation of CB1 receptors through excessive consumption of delta-8 THC or delta-9 THC can cause lethargy, disorientation, anxiety (and, potentially, panic), dry mouth and eyes, increased heart rate and loss of coordination, adds Dr.
According to the FDA, products with delta-8 THC may contain potentially harmful chemicals or contaminants, including household products that are used during the chemical synthesis process that produces delta-8 THC. This means that in the rest of the states, Delta 8 THC is legal or regulated in the same way as recreational marijuana. Unlike THC delta-9, THC delta-8 is not likely to test positive for THC on a drug test, unless the test specifically looks for the delta-8 metabolites of THC. However, if the delta-8 THC product contains concentrations of delta-9 THC, a drug test may test positive for THC.
Both THC delta-8 and delta-9 THC are composed of the same set of elements (carbon, hydrogen and oxygen), but they differ slightly in the arrangement of those elements, says Dr. Delta 8.THC is a chemical that is manufactured from cannabidiol (CBD), and CBD is normally derived from the hemp plant. Delta-8 THC and delta-9 THC come from the cannabis sativa plant, which naturally produces more than 100 cannabinoids or active components. When discussing the topic of medical marijuana or recreational marijuana, the psychoactive chemical Delta 9 is often the most relevant.
Despite their similarities, delta-8 THC and delta-9 THC also have important differences that you should understand before consuming either substance. THC delta-8 and THC delta-9 can produce the positive or adverse effects mentioned above, since both THC delta-8 and THC delta-9 activate the body's CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors, including those in the central nervous system. Research on the 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. In short, it is impossible to say with certainty that delta-8 THC does not give a positive result in a drug screening test, since it 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. Depending on quality, quantity and other factors, both delta-8 and delta-9 THC can produce intoxicating psychoactive effects, or a “high”.