What is Delta-8 THC?

Arguably the most popular cannabinoid in 2021, let's talk about Delta-8 THC, it's benefits, risks, and legalities.

What is Delta-8 THC?

Delta-8 THC, also known as Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol, D8 THC, or simply D8, is a psychoactive chemical compound found in small doses in cannabis and hemp plants. This naturally occurring compound is like Delta-9 THC; however, its chemical composition is slightly different, giving it milder effects.  D8 THC has been rising in popularity and can be found in vape shops and dispensaries across the US.


Can Delta-8 Get You "High"?

Delta-8 THC can make you "high," but for some people, the effects are milder.


The Potential Benefits of Delta-8

Like D9 THC, D8 THC is psychoactive and can have intoxicating effects. Delta-8 is beneficial to people who would rather experience a "not so high" feeling. 


The Potential Risks of Delta-8

When used in large amounts, D8 THC has mild side effects like D9 THC, including dry mouth, low blood pressure, coordination problems, red eyes, drowsiness, anxiety, confusion, loss of memory, and rapid heartbeat. These effects are subtle though and many users report that D8 THC gives all the good effects of recreational cannabis without the paranoia or head fog.

Although naturally occurring in the cannabis plant, D8 THC is only produced in small quantities. This makes it hard to extract and produce D8 THC products at scale. Instead, most of it is produced by converting CBD into Delta-8 THC. This process can introduce contaminants, solvents, and chemicals to the Delta-8 and should only be performed by licensed, professional processing companies. It is important to verify your Delta-8 products and make sure they are coming from a reputable vendor.

Arcanna.us places a QR code on all of our products that links to it's particular 3rd party lab results. This allows us to maintain transparency about our products so you know exactly what your getting. 


Is D8 THC Legal?

One of the reasons Delta-8 is becoming increasingly popular is that it is legal to use in many states even though THC is heavily regulated. Due to the 2018 Farm Bill, it’s federally legal to farm hemp and extract cannabinoids like CBD and because Delta-8 is made from CBD, this makes it legal. Many argue this “legalization” was intentional, while others believe it is a loophole to be closed. Multiple states have now outright banned Delta-8 and other hemp derivatives like Delta-7 THC, THCO, and more.


Will I Pass a Drug Test If I Use D8?

Probably not, but there’s hope. Drug tests usually test for Delta-9 THC, and just like Delta-9, Delta-8 is a form of THC. This means it can appear as positive for THC on a test. Whether or not you pass depends on how much THC is currently in your system and is typically tested using a urine analysis.

 There are many factors that contribute to how much THC is in your system including weight, metabolism, and diet, but the most important factor is how frequently you use THC products. Daily, chronic users will have a much harder time passing a test than someone who smokes occasionally. It is typically recommended not to use THC or any form of hemp or CBD products 2-3 months before taking a drug test.


Where Can I Get Delta-8 Near Me?

D8 products are produced in gummies, edibles, beverages, oils, candies, or tinctures, and they are available online, in convenience stores, and vape shops. You can check out our products at Arcanna.us or take a look at our Store Locator to find one of our 38+ stores near you.



Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about Delta-8 THC. Check out our other post on CBD too. We would love to hear your comments and feedback and we hope you have a wonderful day!