Updated: Mar 1
Original article by https://cbdflowers.co
If this sounds like a weird title, it is. While hemp refers to lower THC plants with no psychoactive properties, the isolated form of delta-8 THC – found in hemp plants – is a not-so-new exception to the rule.
One of the first things to understand about chemistry is that tiny little manipulations can change a molecule drastically. The inclusion or exclusion of a single atom can create an entirely new molecule that can do entirely different things. Take H20, for example. We know it as water, and that it means every molecule has one oxygen atom and two hydrogen atoms. But what happens if we add just one more oxygen atom? Then we get H202, which is hydrogen peroxide, and drinking that will kill you.
Delta-8 vs delta-9, chemically
The cannabinoid most associated with the cannabis plant is THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, but the term THC is not just used for the THC we’re familiar with. The THC we’re most familiar with is delta-9, and it has a chemical makeup that looks like this: C21H30O2. This means each molecule has 12 carbon atoms, 30 hydrogen atoms, and two oxygen atoms.
The thing about an analogue molecule (what delta-8 is), is that it has nearly the same chemical makeup as the molecule it’s an analogue of, but with a minor difference. In this case, delta-8 THC, the analogue of delta-9 THC, has the exact same chemical makeup of C21H30O2. The difference is in the delta, which is a double bond. The location of the double bond in delta-8 is on the eighth