We Are Officially in the Alternative Cannabinoids Era
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Conventional Delta 9 THC and CBD simply aren’t enough. There’s now a whole suite of alternative cannabinoids. There’s CBG, CBN, CBC, THC-V. Then, there’s Delta 8 THC, for a more relaxing experience, Delta 10 THC for stimulation and energy, the powerful THCP and THC-O for an almost psychedelic-like experience, and now HHC - another hemp-derived cannabinoid that induces euphoria quite similar to Delta 9 THC.

The psychoactive ingredient in marijuana (not hemp) is a compound called Delta 9 THC. The problem is that Delta 9 THC is banned by the federal government. Only products with less than 0.3% Delta 9 THC are considered legal. While many states continue their ban on marijuana, relief-seekers are turning to a new psychoactive hemp-derived cannabinoid called Delta 8 THC.

Delta 8 THC flowers are made entirely from hemp. They’re used as a legal, milder, less anxiety-inducing alternative to marijuana. Smokable (or vapable) hemp flower is infused with Delta 8 extract to give it a pleasant psychoactive kick. Only a handful of specific US states have banned the Delta 8 isomer.

The Delta 8 THC isomer is almost identical to Delta 9 THC, except for the configuration of the molecule.  This difference is subtle from a structural standpoint, but it has a big impact on the effect profile of the compound.

Delta 8 THC is much more relaxing than Delta 9. People who find marijuana makes them feel too anxious, paranoid or stimulated often turn to Delta 8 THC flower instead. It’s much less likely to produce these side effects. Instead, Delta 8 THC is more likely to make you feel hungry or sleepy — which might be a negative for some but a positive for others.

You may feel some perceptual changes. Music and imagery may appear different. It isn’t a hallucination, but there are some key differences compared to being completely sober.

Delta 8 flower is made from hemp flower, so you’ll also get all the benefits of useful cannabinoids in addition to the Delta 8 content. Hemp flower contains high concentrations of CBD, CBC, CBG, CBN, and various hemp-derived terpenes — each offering its own characteristic effect.

Most people who use Delta 8 flower agree these products are particularly soothing and calming. You’ll likely feel a sense of peacefulness similar to low doses of marijuana or other herbs like kava or kratom.