Delta8-THC (∆8-THC) is a psychoactive cannabinoid that produces a similar intoxicating effect to delta-9-THC (the "classic" THC), but is less potent. It occurs naturally in the cannabis plant in very small amounts, if at all. In all likelihood, delta-8-THC is primarily a byproduct produced during the chemical conversion of CBD (cannabidiol) to delta-9-THC. This conversion is likely used to create delta-9-THC from low-noise CBD products or pure CBD extract. The resulting mixture of delta-8-THC and delta-9-THC is then applied to CBD products for sale on the black market as natural and THC-containing cannabis products. It cannot be ruled out that the by-products produced during the conversion process may have toxic effects. Since synthesis by-products are often not completely separated by the manufacturers and are thus consumed together with delta-9-THC and delta-8-THC on cannabis products, an unknown health risk is assumed when consuming them. No clinical studies are available on the short- and long-term side effects of delta-8-THC.



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