Both THC and CBD interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Contrary to popular belief, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and CBD have a lot in common. They’re the most abundant cannabinoids found in cannabis plants and they both have the potential to help with anxiety. They even have the same chemical structure (the atoms are just arranged differently). The main difference between THC and CBD can be summed up in one word: intoxication.
The consumption method plays a critical role in how long it will take to feel the effects of CBD. Inhalation is considered an effective delivery method for CBD because of how quickly the body absorbs it. When CBD is smoked or vaped, cannabinoids enter the lungs and then the bloodstream, circulating throughout the body from there.
CBD is often touted as nonpsychoactive or having no psychoactive effects, but it’s more accurately described as nonintoxicating. Why? Even though CBD won’t get you high, that subtly calm feeling you might experience after taking some CBD tincture is technically a psychoactive effect. Any substance that has a direct effect on the function of the brain is considered psychoactive. By contrast, THC can be intoxicating even at low doses.
In addition to possible respiratory issues caused by smoke inhalation, CBD does interact with some prescription drugs so check with your doctor before smoking it.
“They can make Delta-8 illegal all they want. It’s not going to stop our industry,” Barrios says. “We’re going to keep innovating and coming out with legal forms of hemp. This helps people, bro. This isn’t for getting high.”
Despite following the exact language of the Farm Bill, Barrios says about $10,000 to $50,000 worth of product gets turned over to law enforcement each month. A package will break open in transit and FedEx or UPS will turn over what looks like weed to the local cops.
The second issue is that Delta-8 is included in the DEA’s list of controlled substances along with Delta-9.
“Hemp is the future, bro,” he says. “I see hemp and bitcoin side to side right now.”
The Delta-8 THC market might not be as hot as crypto, but there are signs that Delta-8 could take a bite out of other trends like CBD or nicotine vaping.
“I think there are Delta-8 companies that have a good legal argument, but they might find themselves in court and shut down,” he says. “I don’t think the FDA and DEA believe they have a good argument.”
Delta-8 THC is having a moment as it’s quickly become the most exciting, and most intoxicating, product in the hemp industry. A cousin compound to Delta-9 THC, the main ingredient in cannabis, Delta-8 is being sold across the country thanks to an exception in marijuana laws made by the 2018 Farm Bill that legalized cannabinoids derived from hemp. Barrios is part of a growing group of entrepreneurs getting rich while they can.
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