Delta-8 Vs. THC Vs. CBD: What’s the Difference?

While CBD and THC have become widely known, there is a lesser known compound, Delta 8 that is starting to gain popularity. Like CBD and THC, Delta 8 is a cannabinoid, but there are several important differences between the three that you should know. 

What is Delta 8?

Like THC and CBD, Delta 8 is a cannabinoid. But Delta 8 is produced by creating an isolate of Delta 9, aka THC. While both THC and Delta 8 are very similar, Delta 8 uses a man-made process to be created. The resulting product has psychoactive properties, but less than THC, and is known to be more stable for treating various ailments

What is the Difference? 

Starting with CBD, the chemical differences between the two are dramatic compared to the differences between THC and Delta 8. CBD does not contain psychoactive properties, which has made it a popular option for people looking for relief without the “high”. However, early research has shown Delta 8 to have potential in treating similar conditions, like insomnia, anxiety, lack of appetite, and depression.

While THC and Delta 8 are very similar, they do have a few notable differences. There is a discernible difference in how Delta 8 interacts with our body’s endocannabinoid receptors due to its molecular structure. It appears to be less potent than THC. Because of this, Delta 8 can be used to treat a wider range of cancer patients, such as those who won’t use THC because of the anxiety feeling they receive when they take it.

What Should You Use?

CBD: If you are someone who wants the benefits without the psychoactive effects, CBD is the best choice. CBD doesn’t have any psychoactive effects and comes in many forms. Its benefits are widely known to be useful to those with anxiety, depression and PTSD and has been shown to help with sleep and appetite. 

Delta 8: Delta 8 is for those who are looking for benefits and still want a light high. Though much more subtle, Delta 8 has a psychoactive effect, like THC, while providing immense benefits, like CBD. It is known to create relaxation and clear-headedness. Research has shown it also helps reduce stress, stimulate an appetite, and lessen nausea. 

THC: Although very similar to Delta 8, THC is for those who want the maximum high they can receive and don’t feel afflicted by the effects of psychoactive products. It’s used in various ways, but particularly for pain relief, nausea control, and increased appetite. But for some, the psychoactive properties can have negative effects and cause anxiety or unease. 


Delta 8 is the newest compound on the scene and provides a middle ground for those looking for the benefits of CBD and THC. Though more research is needed, Delta 8 has exciting potential!

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