Delta-8 is a psychoactive compound that’s pretty similar to Delta-9 THC, which is a compound in the cannabis plant that produces a high. It’s what people are usually referring to when they talk about THC.

Though delta-8 is similar to delta-9 THC, it has a slightly different chemical structure that makes it a lot less potent. Delta-8 produces feelings of euphoria, relaxation, and potential pain relief, but they’re a lot milder. For people who don’t want to experience a pronounced “high,” the lower potency may be a benefit. Unfortunately, researchers still don’t know enough about delta-8 to confirm that the benefits outweigh the risks.

Some side effects might be red eyes, dry mouth, increased heart rate, anxiety, memory loss, coordination issues and slow reaction. Delta-8 (or Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol) is a naturally occurring chemical compound called a cannabinoid that’s found in small traces in hemp and cannabis (marijuana) plants. Its popularity is on the rise, and you can find it everywhere from boutique weed dispensaries to convenience store shelves. The question arises, why is there such a growing demand for Delta-8? For starters, its chemical structure is similar to that of its well-known cousin, Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta-9-THC), the main psychoactive compound found in marijuana. That’s what gets you “high.” Delta-8 causes a milder high, often referred to as “marijuana-lite” or “diet weed.” Delta-8 products are available over the counter at gas stations, convenience stores, weed and vape shops, and online. They’re sold as gummies, candies, vaping pens, oils, tinctures, edibles, joints, or beverages.

Users say Delta-8 can also help calm nausea, boost appetite, ease pain relief, boost mental health and prevent vomiting during cancer treatments.

We recommend that you check with your physician before trying out any new product. It is important to note that there’s no quality control for these products and its ingredient list. As a result, its legal use varies in different states. Around a dozen states, including New York and Colorado, are beginning to restrict or ban the use of Delta-8.