THC-O vs D8: What’s the difference?

As we become accepting and unprejudiced against the cannabis industry, more and more products are introduced into the market. THCO and Delta-8 are just two of the most promising cannabinoids with psychoactive properties that are gaining popularity. We’ve talked about THC-O’s extraction process from our other blog and we’ve learned that it’s made by combining delta-8 with a chemical compound. But which one is better? Which one provides more benefits? Are the side effects the same? Let us answer these questions and learn more about THCO vs D8.

THC-o vs Delta 8: the similarities

  • Both of these cannabinoids undergo a chemical synthesis process. THC-O is not naturally found in the hemp plant so it is made by combining delta-8 with acetic anhydride. While D8 is created by converting other cannabinoids in hemp like CBD using chemicals. This is because the natural amount of this compound in hemp is very low.
  • Both of their structures are almost the same as regular THC. Although lab-made and synthetic, THCO’s structure is almost identical to Delta 9 THC. The same goes with Delta-8. The only difference is that D9 has it on the 9th carbon chain, while D8 has it on the 8th carbon chain – hence the names.
  • Just like the regular THC, they work by binding and attaching themselves to the endocannabinoid receptors found in the brain. They stimulate the cell membranes and then impact the user’s neurons to produce cognitive effects, hence causing the “high” effect.
  • Hemp, or industrial hemp, is a botanical class of Cannabis sativa cultivars grown specifically for industrial or medicinal use. Products made from hemp have lesser laws and regulations. And these two are both considered hemp-derived compounds.
  • They are considered legal at the federal level but both are subject to varying state laws across the country. It is very important to check your individual state law before buying any of these products.
  • Both cannabinoids may offer some potential therapeutic benefits. More research is still needed in this area but experts believe that they may both provide some of the same benefits as traditional THC products. This is because they interact with the Endocannabinoid System in a very similar way.
  • THCO and D8 may help in managing symptoms like nausea, poor sleep, and physical discomfort. Delta-8 however, maybe a better solution for anyone who is prone to anxiety or paranoia after THC use because of its milder effects.

Because THC-O is made from Delta-8, they are directly related. But these two still have a lot of differences.

THC-o vs Delta 8: the differences

  • THC-O is so much more potent than Delta-8 so there are major differences when it comes to dosages, methods of use, and side effects.
  • D8 is thought to be about 60% as potent as traditional Delta-9 THC. THC-O, on the other hand, is about three times stronger than Delta-9 THC.
  • People who use THCO claim to experience a more potent euphoria heightened mental and spiritual awareness, and mild visuals. These potent effects are described as “borderline hallucinogenic”. While Delta-8 has mild euphoric effects that are relaxing and potentially sedating.
  • Because of THCO’s more potent effects, it is usually used for recreational purposes while consumers who use THC products for their therapeutic benefits may rely more on D8.
  • THC-O’s price is often higher than D8 because it undergoes a more difficult chemical synthesis process.

Although both of these cannabinoids seem to be related. They have a lot of differences that are important for consumers to know. Always choose a brand that shows transparency with how they source, create, manufacture, and test their products.

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