Ball and stick model of D-9 THC. Text says "Delta-9 THC: The Basics"

A lot of new delta-9 THC products are coming out that are designed to help users relax and have fun. But what is delta-9 THC? Is it the same as THC? 

In this post, we’ll look at,

  • What Delta-9 THC is
  • Safety considerations
  • And, what you should know if you’re considering purchasing some.

What Is Delta-9 THC? 

Delta-9 THC, THC is short for Tetra-Hydro-Cannabinol (emphasis ours,) is one of the 100+ cannabinoids found in cannabis and hemp plants. When people consume cannabis to get intoxicated or “high,” they experience the effects of delta-9 THC. There are other forms of tetrahydrocannabinol, but we will focus on the delta-9 variant in this post. 

Read more: CBD vs. THC: What’s The Difference

Is Delta-9 THC The Same As THC? 

Generally speaking, when you see THC advertised or spoken about in popular culture, it’s referring to delta-9 THC, the more stable and naturally occurring form of tetrahydrocannabinol in cannabis. 

In the hemp industry, it’s important to make the distinction between delta-9 THC and other forms of THC. Because of the way the 2018 Farm Bill is written, delta-9 THC, a schedule I substance, is specifically limited in hemp products, while other potentially psychoactive variants of THC are not. 

Delta-9 vs. Delta-8

Delta-9 and delta-8 THC are nearly identical molecules with a small molecular difference. Both will intoxicate you (delta-8 not as effectively as delta-9) but delta-8 is in a legal gray area and will continue to be so until addressed by legislation.

What Are The Effects Of Delta-9 THC? 

People consume cannabis for many reasons, both recreational and medical. Some recreational effects of delta-9 THC include feeling:

  • Euphoric
  • Uplifted
  • Energetic
  • Sleepy
  • Creative
  • Focused
  • Hungry

Is It Safe?

Cannabis, hemp, and delta-9 THC are all relatively safe. Overconsumption can cause some unwanted side effects like paranoia, anxiety, and restlessness, though consuming delta-9 THC is generally considered safe. 

Is Delta-9 THC Addictive?

Despite the common belief that cannabis is not addictive, THC dependence has been widely documented. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, nearly 3 in 10 cannabis users will become addicted. If a person uses cannabis before the age of 18, the likelihood of forming an addiction, or cannabis use disorder, increases. 

Does Delta-9 THC Show Up On A Drug Test? 

Yes, delta-9 THC does show up on drug tests. If you are subject to or are scheduled to take a workplace drug test, don’t consume any THC in any concentration. Because workplace tests look for THC metabolites— what’s left after your body breaks down THC— all forms of THC will make you test positive. 

Read more: Can CBD make you fail a drug test?

How Long Does Delta-9 THC Stay In Your System?

The rule of thumb is that delta-9 THC stays in your system for about four weeks, but it really depends on the individual. THC is fat-soluble and will build up in your system with prolonged or frequent use. If you aren’t a frequent or long-time user it will likely clear out of your system a bit faster.