There are over 100 cannabinoids, but the two most popular are THC and CBD.
Delta-8 THC (Δ8-THC) is a natural cannabinoid with psychotropic properties that is derived from industrial hemp as opposed to marijuana. The most commonly known cannabinoid, referred to as THC, can be broken down by molecular structure to Δ9-THC (marijuana) and Δ8-THC (hemp). While molecularly different, both of these molecular compounds produce psychotropic effects, which means they both have the ability to alter one’s mood, behavior, or perception. While Δ9-THC is restricted to medical marijuana patients, Δ8-THC is legal under the 2018 Farm Bill so long as the Δ9-THC content remains below 0.3%.
Research on the effects of Δ8-THC have shown the compound can help reduce anxiety, calm the body’s reaction to stress, improve mood and motivation, increase appetite, and also assist with aches and pains.