When the federal farm bill passed in late 2018, CBD became widely available. Phenomwell opened a few months later, in March of 2019. By late 2019, CBD processors began to process hemp derived Delta-8 THC, and it’s been popular ever since.
Delta-8 resulted in a workaround for THC lovers in states that prohibit cannabis, like North Carolina — and it became popular here and in other states very quickly.
There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence. People talk about it and write about it and patterns emerge. People say the effects of Delta-8 are someone milder, per milligram, than Delta-9 — and that it’s great for relaxation, anxiety, pain, and sleep.
That’s “what people say,” and now there’s some data to back up those claims.
This exploratory study — Delta-8-THC: Delta-9-THC’s nicer younger sibling? — is based on the results of online surveys and supports what we hear every day. People who use Delta-8 report increased relaxation, less pain, and a sense of euphoria. And there is less anxiety and paranoia that sometimes accompanies Delta-9.
When considering the laws that address these two very similar compounds, here are 3 concepts in which much irony can be found. Consider:
- The molecules are almost the same. They are isomers, meaning they have the same chemical formula but are structurally different.
- The plants are basically the same. The only difference is the amount of Delta-9 THC — above or below .03% — an arbitrary number that determines whether the same plant is called hemp or cannabis.
- And the irony — the laws treat them completely differently. In some states, Delta 9 is legal and Delta 8 is not. In other states, Delta 8 is legal and Delta 9 is not.
It’s clear that these topsy turvy laws are kept in place by industries that want to protect their turf in an emerging marketplace. It’s also clear that a majority of Americans, and North Carolinians, want all cannabis to be legal and decriminalized.