Delta 8 Vs. Delta 9: What Is The Best Choice For You?

Cannabis is a type of plant that is famous for various reasons. Most of the reasons revolve around the potential medical benefits of the plant. There is much research to discover the various medical advantages. The multiple species include Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis. Each of these plant species has a different level of toxicity, and people use it for other purposes.

Cannabis plants have many compounds inside them. These compounds are known as cannabinoids. One can extract these cannabinoids from the plant and make various products using them. Typically people use hemp for extracting the compounds. In case you don’t know what hemp is, it is a botanical class of Cannabis sativa. This blog will describe Delta 8 and Delta 9 – two essential cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. We will also know ‘whats the difference between delta 8 and delta 9.’

What Is Delta 9?

Tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC or Delta 9, is one of the essential cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. It is an isomer of THC. One may find the compound as lipid inside the plant. THC has potential medical benefits for humans and holds importance for plants. Furthermore, the ‘compound’ protects the plant from harmful UV radiation from the sun and other predators. It might also help the plant adapt to various environmental stresses.

Raphael Mechoulam was the man who first isolated it in 1969. There are many beneficial things that the ‘compound’ might provide for humans. Although evidence is scarce, people believe the compound may help fight stress, depression, and anxiety and keep oneself composed.

What Is Delta 8?

It is another psychoactive cannabinoid that one can find in the cannabis plant. It is also a structural isomer of Delta 9 and closely resembles its structure. However, being less potent than the other, it is less psychoactive.

The majority of these cannabinoids have the same way of affecting human bodies. It influences the receptor (CB1 and CB2) in the Endocannabinoid system or the ECS system, and one may find the system spread throughout our bodies with many receptors. It might help people with anxiety, depression, stress, pain, insomnia, and restlessness. There is ongoing research to prove whether these cannabinoids have medical benefits. So let’s check out the ‘what’s the difference between the two marijuana-based products?’ 

What’s The Difference Between Delta 8 and Delta 9?

Although there aren’t many contrasting characteristics between the two cannabinoids, we will try to point out as many as we can so that one finds it easier to know which one would better suit one. But, first, let’s see the difference between the two marijuana-based products. 

  • Potency

Delta 9 or THC is more potent as compared to the other one. Many doctors believe Delta 8 would be at least a quarter to a third less powerful than its isomer. People who use the latter say the effect is even smoother comparatively. The sense of clarity one may feel more pronounced in consuming Delta 8. But overdose of both THC and Delta 8 may lead to harmful consequences. 

Not only more potent, but Delta 9 might also have more side effects than the other. It may cause paranoia, unclear mind, anxiety and panic attacks, and impaired CNS. People who want to relax thoroughly after a stressful day of work may use it at night time. These marijuana-based products might be great sleep-inducers; thus, both are said to be effective in insomnia. When it comes to the time taken to produce the effect, Delta 9 wins because the time taken by the other marijuana-based product to create the ‘effects’ is long.

  • Extraction

The extraction of Delta 9 is not as tedious a task as Delta 8 because one may find THC as the most abundant cannabinoid in the cannabis plant. The abundance of cannabinoids makes the extraction process relatively cheap and straightforward. 

But when it comes to Delta 8, things are a bit complex. One may find the compound as a minor cannabinoid in the plant; thus, the presence of it is so less if one puts the time and money into extracting it, it would be fruitless. Therefore doctors and researchers found other ways of getting their hands on the ‘compound.’ One can synthesize it from CBD (Cannabidiol) using solvents. Though the process is costly, one may produce the ‘compound’ quickly. 

  • Legality

On a Federal level, marijuana isn’t legal. However, it is thanks to the 34 states in the USA that declare one may consume marijuana for recreational and medical purposes. People make THC products using extracts taken from marijuana. 

After the legalization of the cultivation of hemp and extraction of hemp-driven cannabinoids, the government has not banned the production of Delta 8 at a Federal level. With less information available compared to Delta 9, only around 15 states in the USA have so far not legalized the sales and consumption of the compound. These products should contain less than 0.3% THC because Federal law states that.

  • Dose

Whatever cannabinoid one starts using, one must always begin slow and take smaller doses first. It will ensure that one doesn’t fall victim to addiction to these compounds and keep chronic side effects at bay. 

We already know that the potency of Delta 9 is more compared to the other marijuana-based product. Thus, a small dosage of the former may lead to more intoxication than the latter. The advisable amount dosage is 10mg to 60mg in the case of Delta 8 and around 5mg to 30mg for the other one. Therefore, one should take Delta 9 in a lower dosage. One can also find dosage charts on the internet and take help from there, or the best option would be to visit a doctor who will help in figuring out the dosage.


In the blog, we have not noted the differences in the potential medical benefits between the compounds. The reason is that there are no significant differences. Both the extracts may help with anxiety, depression, stress, insomnia, pain, inflammation, and many other conditions. There is also no significant difference between them in case of side effects. Both the compounds show side effects like red eyes, nausea, drowsiness, lethargy, increased heart rate, anxiety, insomnia, and in severe cases, visual impairment. Doctors say Delta 9 may have more severe side effects than the other marijuana-based product Delta 8 because it is even more potent.