What’s Delta-8 and Why Does it Matter?

Nobody had even heard of delta-8 prior to late 2020. These days, it seems like you can’t go anywhere without someone mentioning it.

What’s Delta-8?

Typically shortened to delta-8, delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol, is a chemical compound known as a cannabinoid that’s naturally found in small amounts in cannabis plants. You may have heard us talk about its cousin Delta-9 here. While neither is found in ORL products, people are often curious as to how they fit into the CBD ecosystem and how ORL can be sure neither make their way into our natural CBD toothpaste and mouthwash. We’ll dig into it a bit below.

How Are Delta-8 and Delta-9 Different?

When people talk about THC, it’s usually delta-9, formally known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, that they’re talking about. It’s a cannabinoid that produces psychotropic effects—the compound responsible for the high people feel when they consume marijuana. It’s sometimes found in hemp too, but in much smaller concentrations.

That said, delta-8 is a form of THC too, but the high it produces, and side effects are milder. Sometimes it’s referred to as “diet weed” or “marijuana lite” for that reason.

Why is Delta-8 So Popular?

Many people believe that marijuana and hemp are different plants, but they’re actually both cannabis plants. What sets them apart is the THC level. More specifically, the 2018 Farm Bill classifies hemp as a plant or derivative with no more than 0.3 percent delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol per the FDA. The bill does not mention delta-8 at all, which means—you guessed it—delta-8 is legal throughout much of the country.  In fact, the FDA just released its warning guidance on delta-8 to inform the public at large the potential risk with this compound.

How Are Delta-8 and CBD Different?

Delta-8 and dental-9 are just two of the more than 100 cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. Cannabidiol, typically shortened to CBD, is another well-known variety. Unlike THC, however, CBD doesn’t produce psychotropic effects. In fact, researchers believe CBD counters the high when it’s consumed alongside THC. That might make it a bit of a killjoy at a party, but it’s known for things THC is not—namely its medicinal value.

Doctors think CBD can help with all sorts of conditions ranging from chronic pain through anxiety, insomnia, and even epilepsy. Plus, it’s showing promise in treating pain related to inflammatory conditions like arthritis and neuropathy. On the oral health side, it’s linked to reduced bacteria, improved pH balance, reduced inflammation from gum disease, and possibly even reduced bone loss for those with periodontal disease.

How is ORL Delta-9 and Delta-8-Free?

We dig into the chemistry of CBD in “Full-Spectrum CBD vs Broad-Spectrum CBD vs CBD Isolate: Which is Better?” Simply put, when you start off with U.S.-sourced cannabis that falls squarely into the “hemp” category with little-to-no THC to begin with, and put it through a meticulous full-spectrum extraction process, you get all the healthy compounds without the THC. You don’t have to take our word for it, though. All our natural CBD oral health care products are evaluated by an independent lab and we share the analysis on our website. Just scroll down a report until you see Δ9-THC and Δ8-THC. The letters “ND” next to them mean there’s none detected.

Check Out ORL’s Natural CBD Toothpaste, Mouthwash, and Breath Spray

ORL is dedicated to promoting oral health naturally. All our formulas are a perfect 7.0 pH to help restore balance for improved freshness and cavity protection. We also include cavity-fighting organic xylitol, fortifying vitamins and minerals, and nourishing plant-based essential oils for a smile that truly shines. Explore our classic (non-CBD) lineup or full catalog with natural CBD toothpaste, mouthwash, and breath spray now.