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Delta-8 THC: The Medical Goodness of Hemp, With Just a Little High

Updated: Mar 1, 2021

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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.

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Delta-8 vs delta-9, chemically

The cannabinoid most associated with the cannabis plant is THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, bu