Difference Between Delta 8 And Delta 9 THC

If you are considering buying THC products for wellness or recreational purposes, welcome to the club! As exciting as it can be to try your very first THC gummies or brownies, we know it can be a bit overwhelming attempting to choose the right product.

As the hemp industry grows and cannabis plants are further studied, they have discovered that the plants contain potentially hundreds of different cannabinoids. This includes a few different types of THC and they all pretty much sound the same – Delta 8, Delta 9, and Delta 10. Since Delta 10 THC is much less potent than its counterparts, it’s not as popular among manufacturers. In this post, we are going to discuss Delta-8 vs Delta-9, which are two of most commonly-used THC variants.

Delta-8 vs Delta-9: Which One Is Right For Me?

Both Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC are cannabinoids derived from cannabis plants. They are found in both the marijuana plant as well as the industrial hemp plant. However, in the US, all Delta 8 THC products are extracted from industrial hemp plants, and most Delta 9 THC products are usually derived from marijuana plants.

Let’s discuss the Delta-8 vs Delta-9 differences in more detail:

Extraction Process

Delta 8: Since Delta 8 occurs in very small amounts in cannabis plants, its extraction requires time-consuming procedures and specialized expertise.

Fortunately (for THC lovers), manufacturers realized that Delta 8 can also be synthesized from CBD by using solvents. The conversion process can be expensive, but it has simplified the job for its manufacturers. This is why now most of Delta 8 extracts come from hemp plants, and also why it’s federally legal.

Delta 9: This cannabinoid is found in abundance in weed/marijuana plants. Its extraction is simple, and thus, cheap. The majority of Delta 9 products on the market are derived from marijuana plants.


Delta 8: Delta 8 is less potent than Delta 9 and provides a much easier experience. Most people who use Delta 8 products report feeling enhanced mental clarity and a great sense of calm.

There is definitely a “high” that comes with consuming Delta 8, but it’s not powerful enough to impair the ability to focus on activities or form coherent thoughts. You’ll most likely just feel lighter and more relaxed. Once you take Delta 8, your body gradually metabolizes it so you kind of ease into a more mellow state.

Delta 9: Delta 9 is way more potent than Delta 8, meaning it produces a more intense “high”. Some consumers actually believe it to be twice as strong.

But as they say, there are two sides to every story – Delta 9 also has considerably more side effects than Delta 8. These can include increased feelings of anxiety, impaired motor skills, mental fog, and paranoid delusions.

Compared to Delta 8, the effects of Delta 9 are more instantaneous and rapid.


Delta 8: Since Delta 8 is derived from hemp plants, it’s legal on a federal level within the US thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill. This bill legalized all hemp and hemp-derived products.

Delta 9: Delta 9 THC inhalable products (like vape and flower) are illegal federally, but the edibles are legal as long as they obey the THC limit. Any amounts over 0.3% are absolutely illegal at a federal level.

Have More Questions About Delta 8 vs Delta 9? Contact Us

If you are looking to improve your health and overall wellness, Delta 8 THC is a much safer bet than Delta 9. At Laughing Buddha, we offer an extensive collection of federally legal Delta 8 THC products that undergo thorough testing in third-party labs to ensure their purity, potency, and safety.We’d love to hear from you if you have any questions about our products, their quality, or their legality in your area. Send us a message here or call us at 877-420-8420 to get in touch with us.

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