What is Delta-8-THC?

What is Delta-8-THC? Is Delta-8-THC legal? The Endocannabinoid System and the Delta-8-THCDelta-8-THC vs. Delta-9-THCDelta-8-THC vs. CBD Potential Health Benefits of Delta-8-THC Is Delta-8-THC legal? Savage Launches Delta-8-THC Products

Although medical cannabis and CBD has already been widely transformational in the health and lifestyle markets, there’s still an immense amount of knowledge to discover about the cannabis plant. One of the more recent findings is Delta-8-THC. The delta-8-THC is a minor cannabinoid in the cannabis plant that has the same medical potential as delta-9-THC, yet much less psychoactivity. There are lots to learn about this emerging cannabinoid. For example, how is delta-8-THC different from delta-9-THC? How does it differ from CBD? Is it legal? Let’s learn more about this chemical compound together.

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What is delta-8-thc?

Delta-8-THC may be in the shadow compared to THC or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, but it is one of the four most common cannabinoids. According to the National Cancer Institute, delta-8-THC is: “an analog of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties.” Delta-8-THC has been further explored because many realized the potential benefits that this compound can have for consumers. Delta-8-THC is known to be a degraded form of THC, which means it isn’t directly produced by enzymes within the plant and appears when THC is stored for some time. 

According to the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp and all of its derivatives are 100% federally legal. Since Delta-8-THC comes from hemp and is not on the Controlled Substance list it has been considered 100% federally legal.

It’s important to note that we are currently in extremely relevant times regarding the legality of delta-8-THC. Currently, there is debate whether delta-8-THC is federally legal or not according to DEA guidelines. In their recent Interim Final Ruling, the DEA stated that any hemp testing above .3% delta-9-THC is “marihuana” while any product below .3% delta-9-THC is considered hemp. Some believe that delta-8-THC is lumped into this category, yet according to the doc this is still legal as long as it has less than 0.3% THC. The ruling also has sweeping potential impaxts to the CBD industry, which are not likely to take effect. Public comment is available per regulations until October 22 and many legal challenges are likely to take place as well. We’ll keep everyone updated as we know more information!

THC Compound
Delta-8-THC is a degraded form of THC.


Every human body has an Endocannabinoid System (ECS) that regulates the body and naturally produces cannabinoids. However, at times the ECS system is out of whack due to natural life occurrences such as diet change or stress. Taking additional cannabinoids can help to keep the system regulated. The ECS has two types of receptors, CB1 and CB2. While CB1 receptors are found primarily in the nervous system, connective tissues, and other organs, CB2 receptors are in the immune system, bones, blood vessels, reproductive organs, etc. Delta-8-THC fits into the mix because it binds to the CB1 receptor, just like Delta-9-THC. This receptor is responsible for mediating the psychoactive effects of THC. According to WeedMaps, “the differential binding may be responsible for the reported clearer high with reduced anxiety, and greater ability to concentrate often associated with reduced anxiety, and greater ability to concentrate often associated with delta-8-THC.”

Delta-8-THC vs. Delta-9-THC

This moves us into how delta-8-THC and delta-9-THC differ. These may appear to differ by only a few atomic bonds, yet there are some key scientific differences. For example, delta-8-THC is bonded on the 8th carbon chain while delta-9-THC is bonded on the 9th carbon chain. This subtle difference leads to a noticeable difference in their effects. Delta-8-THC is only about half as strong as delta-9-THC and comes in very small quantities. To get large quantities of delta-8-THC, commercial growers must use molecular isolation and selective breeding. The key difference to know between the two is that while delta-8-THC and delta-9-THC share many similar properties, delta-8-THC has a less psychoactive potency than delta-9-THC which is appealing to those looking for a lesser high.

Delta-8-THC vs. CBD

You may be wondering about the difference between Delta-8-THC products and CBD products. The key difference is that CBD contains no psychoactive properties. If you ingest CBD, you will not get any high. However, delta-8-THC will cause a high, it just will be de-escalated compared to the main form of THC (delta-9-THC). If you’re someone who is not comfortable with any high, then CBD is the choice for you. However, if you suffer from a serious medical condition or are just looking for a little buzz that isn’t out of control, then this compound may be a great solution.

Potential Health Benefits of Delta-8-THC

While there is still a great deal of research to be conducted, we’d like to share some interesting findings of the therapeutic potential of this compound.

  • Appetite Stimulant/Nausea Relief – If you’re looking to increase your appetite, delta-8-THC may be able to help. In a 2004 study, it was concluded that very low doses of delta-8-THC caused increased food consumption. On the flip side, in another study, delta-8-THC was successful in helping eight children with various cancers to eliminate nausea and prevent vomiting. 
  • Anxiety – While there is still much more to discover, many testimonials report that delta-8-THC provides a calm, focused high without anxiety that can come from delta-9-THC. Additionally, it shows to display the same anxiety-reducing qualities similar to delta-9-THC.
  • Anti-Inflammatory – Studies have been conducted to show the reduction of inflammation due to delta-8-THC. Similar to CBD and delta-9-THC, there are many that use these products for pain relief and as an anti-inflammatory.
Delta-8-THC is a cannabinoid in the cannabis plant.
There are several potential health benefits of Delta-8-THC.

Savage LaunchES Delta-8-THC Products

We’ve learned more about delta-8-THC and how it differs from CBD and delta-9-THC, as well as the many different proposed benefits of its use. Now, where can you find it? Savage is one of the first brands to step up to the plate in this category space with the launch for their line of Delta-8 hemp products, Delta Effex. 

Delta Effex has a series of 3 vape cartridges that can be used with any 510-threaded cartridge device. We carry the B-Buzz’n Pen as an entry-level vaping device for those looking to use this new D8 cartridges. Delta Effex also has developed 2 great-tasting pods, the Sunset Sherbet and Blue Train Wreck that can only be used with the exclusive Pod Device made by Delta Effex. It’s really sleek, easy-to-use and made for exactly their pods. Either choice is fantastic. The cartridges come in Indica, Sativa or a Hybrid version. The pods are available in an Indica or a Hybrid.

Delta-8 THC Concentrations: The D8 Vape cartridges are 75-80% THC concentration depending on the strain and the D8 Vape Pods are 88% for the Blue Train Wreck and 93% for the Sunset Sherbet.

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Here at The Green Dragon CBD, we officially carry vape cartridges and more from this line. If you’re looking to diversify your product use and try something new, or you just have any questions, we encourage you to chat with our experienced team. If you’re someone who uses CBD to completely avoid any psychoactive effects, then this may not be for you. However, if you’ve strayed from delta-9-THC use because you were getting too high or experiencing paranoia, or unable to get it due to legal restrictions, then trying delta-8-THC may be worth a shot. 

KOI CBD has Delta-8 THC Gummies

We carry some great-tasting D8-THC gummies from Koi. They are available in both watermelon and lime flavors. They pack a nice punch with 25mg per gummy and 20 gummies per container. High-quality and compact, they are the perfect thing to carry around for use as needed. It’s also a great alternative if you prefer not to vape.

Have you tried delta-8-THC products yet? Leave us a comment and tell us about your experience or a reason why you may want to give it a try.

About – The Green Dragon CBD

Owners, Father and Son, of The Green Dragon CBD in St. Louis
The Owners of The Green Dragon CBD in St. Louis, David and Matthew Jadwin (Father and Son)

Here at The Green Dragon CBD, we are a family-owned and operated business based in St. Louis, Missouri. Led by our CEO and Founder, Matthew Jadwin, The Green Dragon CBD started in 2019. We operate retail stores to serve our local community and provide easy access nationwide through the online store. Our mission is to empower people to use the right CBD products as part of their healthy lifestyle and to aid with health challenges such as chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and more. We strive to provide education about CBD products and their potential benefits to our customers. Bring any questions to our team will be happy to help you find the best product for your lifestyle.

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