Have you ever heard, or maybe even try, Delta 8 THC?

This is not marijuana. This is also not CBD.  Both of those cannabis products are now legal in the US — CBD derived from hemp for the past few years and marijuana since last month. Delta 8 THC, also called Delta 8 or only D8, is a derivative of Rami-Cannabis which is available in the US for about a year.

It exists on the border between marijuana, which gives users a psychoactive “high,” and hemp-based CBD, which does not. Both hemp and marijuana are members of the marijuana family, with hemp containing less THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), compounds giving high marijuana. However, as indicated by the name, Delta 8 is a form of THC. You can find more details about delta 8 THC via https://d8.co/pages/what-is-delta-8-thc.

It’s been picking up momentum nationwide and in Central New York for the past few months. It can now be found on the shelves at many local shops that sell CBD (cannabinol) and other hemp products. It’s sold in forms that can be smoked, vaped, or ingested (like gummies).

The retail sales market for legal marijuana under New York’s new law, meanwhile, won’t start up for at least a year, or until the state releases regulations and issues licenses. So if you’re looking to buy something now that produces a feeling sort of like the “euphoria” some associate with marijuana, but in a milder way and without the buzz, Delta 8 might be what you need.