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The Delta 8 THC Feeling – Compared To D9

Dr Abraham Benavides


Dr Abraham Benavides

Medical Doctor

Delta 8 THC is an incredible cannabinoid that keeps gaining HUGE attention. 

But what is the secret of this active compound found only in minor concentrations? 

The experience with Delta 8 THC hits differently than with “traditional” THC products. It comes with a chilled-out, more clear-headed, manageable high. 

Thankfully, some of the negatives of Delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol are often absent with Delta 8. 

So if you’re ready – It’s high time to learn how Delta 8 THC feels!

What Does Delta 8 THC Feel Like

What about the structure, differences, and similarities between delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and Delta 8 THC? First, let’s discuss something nonetheless valuable: the feeling.

Yup, we can keep showering you with plenty of scientific insights. Yet what we all want to know better is how this one-of-a-kind compound affects both the mind and the body.

So, what kind of experience can you expect and does delta 8 get you high?


Delta 8 THC: The Breakdown

#1 – Friendly Alternative for Beginners

Both Delta 9 and Delta 8 will get you high.

But the psychoactive experience with delta 8 THC products is much subtler. This makes it a fantastic option for people who haven’t tried traditional marijuana.

You can start your cannabis journey with this form of tetrahydrocannabinol without fingernail biting anxiety. Doing so can help you transition to delta 9 THC later on, should you wish to the high fire on all cylinders.

What about experienced marijuana users? Delta 8 THC can be a go-to when you wish to relax without significantly impacting cognitive ability.

Don’t worry, it’s still going to stronger than any weed mids you might come across.

Related Read: D11 THC

#2 – Tolerable Potency

According to researchers, Delta 8 tetrahydrocannabinol is less potent

But this is not a reason to underestimate it! The experience of each cannabis user varies. It depends on the dosage, among other individual factors.

#3 – MORE Potential Uses

In clinical settings, Delta 8 has yielded extended benefits. Some of which included vomiting prevention and improved pain relief.

Nonetheless, the scientific understanding of this unique compound is still at a very early phase. It requires further clinical trials. In the meantime, though, anecdotal evidence keeps growing.

Is there more than one reason to try it out vs D9 or its newer cousin D10?

Yes! Most users report that D8 offers a smoother and more manageable high.

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#4 – Personal Story Time

For each person, the marijuana experience feels different. But there are some similarities that seem to be prevalent among most users. And this is regardless of the products they opt for.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that this cannabinoid promotes a sublime sense of head-to-toe relaxation. 

Meanwhile, the clear-headed high allows you to remain functional enough. You can feel yourself present in the here and now.

I’d describe my personal experience with the effects of delta 8 using a famous quote by Oscar Wilde.

In a letter to Robert Ross in 1895, Wilde described his experience with hashish like this:

“Bosie and I have taken to haschisch: it is quite exquisite: three puffs of smoke and then peace and love.”

D8 Feels

What Do Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC Have In Common?

To start with, both are psychoactive compounds.

Research shows that in low doses, delta 8 tetrahydrocannabinol does boost appetite. Like “regular” tetrahydrocannabinol products, a higher appetite leads to increased food consumption.

But Delta 8 can alter neurotransmitter levels in whimsical ways.

Interestingly, in an experimental study with mice, the use of Delta 8 THC was correlated to weight loss! All mice lost between 20% – 10% of their weight during the experiment, all while showing a 16% food intake increase.

CBD and THC occur in the highest concentrations in marijuana plants. Meanwhile, THC delta 8 is only produced by cannabis plants at very small levels.

This means that any product containing 8 THC delta likely requires much more processing. Also, laborious refinement is a must to extract a large amount of the compound.

Related Reads: Delta 8 VS THC-0, THCA VS THC, Flying With Delta 8, Online D8 Stores

Molecular Makeup

The carbon chain of delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol has a double carbon bond on the 9th carbon in the chain. 

With delta 8, the double carbon bond is on the 8th carbon of the chain. To most of us, this doesn’t sound like anything that would make a crucial difference, right?

Picture it this way: what happens if you remove even one piece of the domino? 

Game-changer. The same goes for the high you will experience.

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Effects Comparison

Studies reveal that Delta 8 tetrahydrocannabinol products are less sedating, less paranoia-, anxiety- and dizziness-inducing. 

The stages of the high hit in with a sense of mellow through deep body relaxation. This goes together with a clear-functioning brain (less of the “foggy” head feels).

While both 8 and delta 9 can work great to reduce stress, the high with 8 delta is less intoxicating. The high feeling comes more gradually, rather than hard-hitting. The effects of D8 doesn’t last as long either.

Way of Action

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a biological system in the human body. It consists of cannabinoid receptors that accept phytocannabinoids and endocannabinoids.

Plants produce phytocannabinoids. CBD is a phytocannabinoid, and so is THC.

Endocannabinoids are molecules the body makes.

Cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) form different bonds with the different cannabinoids. Thus, marijuana use allows us to experience a multilayered effect.

The chemical structure of Delta 8 and 9 tetrahydrocannabinol is (seemingly) similar. But your body interacts with these compounds significantly differently.

Comprehensive research on the relationship between the endocannabinoid system and the reduction of anxiety and depression brings forth valuable insights.

Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol binding for the CB1 receptor is three-fold higher. This explains why delta 9 demonstrates much more efficient antidepressant effects. 

The Future of Delta 8 Tetrahydrocannabinol and the Superpowers of the Cannabis Plant

The two most abundant active compounds in marijuana are THC and CBD. Yet, there are over 100 cannabinoids, and each offers unparalleled benefits.

Dr. Raphael Mechoulam is “the father of cannabis research.” He first discovered, and isolated delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (aka THC) back in 1964. In 1965, he discovered delta 8. Hallelujah for that!

His groundbreaking work on identifying and studying Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol is a triumph. He has paved the path to the cannabis (r)evolution of the 21st century.

So, something that sets delta 8 apart in the (r)evolution? At the moment, it does not fall into the schedule I drugs category, as long as it is a product created from hemp, in line with the 2018 farm bill.

Nowadays, the focus of scientific research is shifting. Experts are all into studying the lesser-known active novel compounds, such as CBG, CBN, and Delta 8 tetrahydrocannabinol.

But why should we care? Why the big hype with the differences or similarities of the active cannabis compounds?

In-depth studies of both formation and synthesis are foundational. The goal is to make green medicine accessible. It is about better extraction methods for higher yields and higher purity.

This is crucial to ensure all people can use premium-grade products. 

We need to learn more about the different active compounds. Doing so helps us understand, use, and maximize the cannabis experience. And in return, we can build a greener, healthier and happier world together.

Remember Delta 8 Dosage Is A Journey

Let’s set the amount of cannabis consumed aside. Here are some other factors that influence the marijuana ride.

Each of these factors is UNIQUE to the individual.

As with CBD, you want to take your time. Go and ahead experiment with some products. This is the only way to find the most suitable dosage for your needs and preferences. Your best move is to start low and go slow. You will find the sweetest spot!

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A Little Heads Up..

There is still little data on bioavailability. But Delta 8 tetrahydrocannabinol seems to work much like other cannabinoids.

Just as with CBD, you want to take your time and experiment with some products before you find the most suitable dosage for your needs and preferences. Your best move is to start low and go slow, gradually finding the sweetest spot.

The body takes time to process THC edibles, such as gummiestinctures, and other ganja-infused products. Note that gummies allow easy microdosing, which can sometimes be a little tricky with inhaled THC due to natural variations in THC content from bud to bud.

Nonetheless, when vaping cannabis, the lungs absorb the active compounds directly. Next, they get straight into the bloodstream. So going a puff at a time can be helpful to determine your threshold if you’re inclined to use D8 carts.  

With any product you administer orally, the peak levels of the high may be delayed up to 4 hours. This is due to the first-pass effect, (the first-pass metabolism, aka feeling-nothingat-first). But edible products do provide a longer-lasting high.

Also remember, if you’re drug tested don’t use D8. Consuming D8 can mean you fail a drug test.

Related Read: HHC VS Delta 8 THC

Wrapping Up

So, how do we name that delta 8 feeling? 


The “Plants over pills” consciousness is but a product of LOVE for and from Mother Nature.

Our cannatastic bff? Vaping!

The effect of vaping feels smooth on the lungs, and the experience kicks in within a matter of minutes.

Controlling your dosage is easy and convenient. You can take some extra puffs to reach the desired high. The flexibility of the pull-and-feel allows you to enjoy a consistent experience anytime, anywhere.

Vape pens up to celebrating the modern-day world of cannabis.

Disclaimer: Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Nature & Bloom and its staff. This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention for any disease.