There are more than 100 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. Although we have some basic knowledge of primary cannabinoids such as delta-9-THC (better known as THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), we are less aware of secondary or minor cannabinoids such as delta 8 THC.
Delta-8-THC is distinct from THC, the most abundant and intoxicating cannabinoid found in cannabis. Delta-8-THC is an analog of THC and has a similar molecular structure with a few notable differences. While the two share many similar properties, such as reportedly stimulating appetite, reducing nausea, and soothing pain, delta-8-THC tends to exhibit a lower psychotropic potency than THC when inhaled.
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When ingested, however, delta-8-THC can deliver the same intoxicating effects as THC. So be mindful when trying delta-8-THC edibles for the first time and use the same caution you would with THC edibles.
Ingesting vs. inhaling delta-8-THC
You should also be aware that like delta-9-THC, ingested delta-8-THC gets converted to 11-hydroxy-THC in the liver. This results in many people overindulging in edibles without realizing it. This also means hemp-derived delta-8-THC edibles may be just as potent as marijuana-derived edibles.
Though sometimes unregulated, delta-8-THC edibles can still lead to a very uncomfortable psychological shift for the unprepared. Inhaling delta-8-THC won't send the cannabinoid to your liver, and as a result, won't produce the same potentially intoxicating effects.