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Comparing Delta 8 and Delta 9: Which is Stronger?

Comparing Delta 8 and Delta 9: Which is Stronger?

Comparing Delta 8 and Delta 9: Which is Stronger?

Delta 8 is the “nicer younger sibling” of Delta 9, according to one respondent in a study published in the Journal of Cannabis Research early this year. And we agree. 

Delta 8 and Delta 9 are similar in many ways, but they’re also quite different. If you’re new to Delta 8 and are trying to get a better idea of how different it is from Delta 9, we created this post for you. Below, we’ll explore the effects of both cannabinoids and highlight the difference between Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC.

An Introduction to Delta 8 and Delta 9

There are over 100 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. Delta-9-THC, commonly referred to as simply THC, is easily the most popular among them. But there are others like cannabidiol (CBD) and Delta-8-THC found in varying strengths within different strains of the cannabis plant. 

You’re right if you suspect that Delta 8 and Delta 9 are related. They are both naturally occurring cannabinoids and have a strikingly similar chemical structure—with a tiny difference that has an immense significance in their effects and legality.

Delta 8 is usually produced in minimal quantities by the cannabis plant. You won’t find a cannabis plant with more than one percent of Delta 8. This may explain why this cannabinoid is not as popular as its big brother. 

It is also interesting to note that Delta 8 is produced when Delta 9 is degraded. Delta-9 THC naturally degrades over time due to exposure to light, heat, and oxygen, which can convert it into Delta-8 THC. This process is known as decarboxylation, which is the chemical reaction that occurs when THC is heated or exposed to UV light.

Why the Sudden Interest in Delta 8?

The 2018 Farm Bill opened the way for the production and sale of hemp products. Many cannabinoids have surged in popularity since this law came into effect—the biggest among them are certainly CBD and Delta 8. 

You may be thinking, ‘but Delta 8 gets you high like Delta 9? Why the difference in legal status?’ And you’re right, Delta 8 produces mild psychotropic effects (we’ll discuss this more below), but since it is derived from hemp, it falls under the 2018 Farm Bill and is federally legal. Due to the low levels of Delta 8 in hemp/cannabis plants, manufacturers chemically convert CBD to Delta 8.

Many people are turning to Delta 8 not only because of its legal stance, but also because it has potential therapeutic properties. Plus, it produces a relaxing and satisfying psychotropic experience.

Delta 8 vs. Delta 9: Which Is Stronger?

Delta 9 produces a much more intense experience than Delta 8. It is said to be twice as strong. While you’ll experience the same euphoric, calm feeling when you take Delta 8, you’ll still be able to have coherent thoughts and focus on things. It doesn’t have the muddle-headed and couch-locked effects associated with some strains. This makes it ideal for when you want to enjoy the relaxing therapeutic effects of THC while still being productive.

There are also some differences in the way that Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC are metabolized in the body. Delta-9 THC is more readily absorbed by the body, which means it can produce its effects more quickly. Delta-8 THC, on the other hand, is metabolized more slowly, which can lead to a more prolonged and subtle effect.

In the study we referenced in our introduction, which is coincidentally the most extensive study to date investigating the effects of Delta 8, most respondents said they could go about their daily activities after using Delta 8. When asked if they experienced paranoia or anxiety after using Delta 8, most respondents said “not at all” or “a little.” 

What Modus Products Contain Delta 8?

Once we established the many therapeutic benefits of Delta 8, we decided to take it one step further by combining it with other cannabinoids to create unique blends. Modus’s Knockout Blend, which can be enjoyed in a cartridge, disposable device, gummy, or preroll, contains a balanced blend of Delta-8, Delta 10, and THC-P. After the roaring success of our Knockout blend, we formulated the Uppercut Blend, which features Delta 8, THC-H, and THCjd. This blend is also offered in the form of a cartridge, disposable, or gummy. Our signature blends allow you to enjoy the benefits of multiple cannabinoids in one neat package. 


The Final Word:

  • Delta 8 is generally not as strong as Delta 9 but still offers many therapeutic benefits
  • Delta 8 is legal in more states than Delta 9 since the passing of the 2018 farm bill



Delta-9 THC




Found in plant



Amount in plant



Effects on body



Medicinal uses

Pain relief, anti-nausea, anti-anxiety, appetite stimulation, inflammation reduction

Pain relief, appetite stimulation, nausea reduction, anti-anxiety, sleep aid, glaucoma treatment

Legal status

Legal in some states, illegal in others

Illegal at the federal level, legal in some states

If you’re trying to pick between Delta 8 vs Delta 9, it all comes down to the type of experience you want. If you want to spark your creativity while still being productive, we recommend using Delta 8. But if you want a more potent, deeply relaxing, and other-worldly experience, go for a Delta 9 product. 


Written by Zachary Walls Writer for Medusa Delta 8
Zachary Walls
Born and raised in Northern California to a family with generations of cannabis knowledge. In addition to being a cannabis connoisseur himself, Zach is an owner/operator at a popular barbershop in the East Bay. In his spare time, Zach creates music and has worked with many influential bay area hip-hop and R&B artists. Follow on Instagram.


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