Delta-8 THC (Weed Light)

Another version of the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana has exploded in popularity—but it might be short-lived - Philip Kiefer

Delta-8 THC (Weed Light)
Delta-8 THC (Weed Light)

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Why you’re suddenly hearing about delta-8 THC

This year, a new marijuana-cousin, delta-8 THC, exploded onto the national stage. On the weed internet, it’s being marketed as “weed light” or “the superior version of THC.” It’s generally sold as a vape product or an edible, and the high reportedly feels a lot like a mild version of old fashioned marijuana. Delta-8 THC is very similar to delta-9 THC, the primary active ingredient of marijuana, in terms of both chemical structure—three rings of carbon, a long tail, some hangers-on—and psychological effects.

They differ mostly in how they’re produced. Delta-9 is in the raw marijuana plant. But delta-8 comes by way of hemp, a variety of cannabis plant bred without psychoactive THC…

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