What Is Delta 9 THC? A Definitive Guide to Delta 9

Delta 9 THC is a major cannabinoid found in the hemp plant and marijuana. If you’re interested in trying edibles with Delta 9, this definitive guide has all the information you need about this compound.

Delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly referred to as THC, is one of many cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It’s the primary psychoactive compound in marijuana, and is responsible for the "high" that users feel. THC binds to cannabinoid receptors in the brain, which famously can cause consumers to experience a euphoric and relaxed feeling.

Is Delta 9 the Same as THC?

No, THC and Delta 9 are not exactly the same thing. Delta 9 THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is a form of THC and one of the most common major cannabinoids found in the hemp plant and marijuana (in addition to CBD).

Besides CBD and THC, hemp and marijuana are full of beneficial minor cannabinoids such as terpenes, CBG, and CBN (if you want to experience the benefits of minor hemp cannabinoids, you can do so with our CBD and CBN-infused gummies).

What Does Delta 9 THC Do for You?

Delta 9 THC binds to the cannabinoid receptors (mainly CB1 and CB2) found in the endocannabinoid system in your brain. CB1 receptors are present in several brain regions, while CB2 are more commonly found in immune cells. Thus, the psychoactive effects that happen as a result of taking Delta 9 are mainly the result of CB1 receptor stimulation.

Delta 9 THC Effects

Delta 9 THC has psychoactive properties when taken in high doses. If you take low doses of THC, you can reap the many benefits this compound provides, such as pain relief and anxiety reduction, without getting high.

Though the psychoactive effects of Delta 9 vary based on previous experience with this compound and the dosage you take, some acute effects you can expect are*:

  • relaxation and tranquility
  • mild feelings of euphoria
  • talkativeness
  • changes in perception
  • appetite increase

*as suggested by scientific research and consumer reports

The History of Delta 9

Cannabis has been used for centuries by humans all over the world. The first documented use of cannabis was way back in 2727 BC by the Chinese emperor Shen Nung. He is said to have discovered the uses of the plant while boiling water.

Cannabis was used as a medicine to treat a variety of illnesses, including gout, malaria, and rheumatism. It was also used as a relaxant and to induce euphoria.

Delta 9 THC is one of the most well-known and well-researched cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. It was first isolated and identified in 1964 by Dr. Raphael Mechoulam.

Since its discovery, Delta 9 THC has been the subject of extensive research. This research has shown that THC is a powerful therapeutic agent, with a wide range of potential medical applications.

Is Delta 9 THC Legal?

Yes, Delta 9 is federally legal, provided the products containing it are compliant with the 2018 Farm Bill.

For Farm Bill compliance (hence federal legality), a product must meet the following criteria:

1. The Delta 9 THC must come from hemp, not marijuana.

2. The THC product must contain a low amount of THC. Specifically, it cannot contain more than 0.3% of Delta 9 THC by dried weight.

Marijuana-derived Delta 9 THC is legalized in some US states but remains illegal on a federal level.

Note that all nama CBD Delta 9 THC products are Farm Bill compliant and thus federally legal.

Will Delta 9 Make You Fail a Drug Screen?

Yes, Delta 9 will make you fail a drug screen that tests for THC, even if the Delta 9 product is derived from hemp. If you know you’ll be having a drug test done soon, refrain from taking THC products for a month or so beforehand.

How Long Does 0.3% THC Stay in Your System?

THC is detectable in urine for 3-15 days, depending on the dosage you take and how frequently you take it. THC gummies with 0.3% of THC by dry weight likely won’t be detectable by 10 days after you stop taking them.

Is Delta 9 Addictive?

There is no definitive answer to this question as addiction is a highly personal experience. THC is generally thought of as a non-addictive compound. This is because it does not create a physical dependency the way other drugs do.

However, some people may find that they develop an addiction to delta 9, particularly if they use it frequently. It is important to be aware of the risks associated with using this substance and to take precautions to avoid developing an addiction.

Is Delta 9 Safe?

In short, yes. Delta 9, when used responsibly, is safe and possesses little risk to the user. According to the World Health Organization, Delta 9 “does not constitute a substantial risk to public health.” It’s currently used to treat a variety of medical conditions and has a number of medical benefits, including relief from pain, nausea, and anxiety.  

However, it’s important to follow dosage guides if you’re a recreational user or instructions from your prescribing physician if you’re using medicinally.

Some cannabis users show no THC side effects while others have reported anxiety, paranoia, and increased heart rate. A responsible THC consumer will test out the product first to see how they react before indulging in more. THC may not be for you, and that’s okay!

How to Consume Delta 9 THC

With the rising popularity of hemp products, you can now choose from a range of Delta 9 THC administration methods. Some common forms of taking THC are edibles, tinctures, vapes, and capsules.

The most popular way of ingesting Delta 9 is through smoking marijuana, but THC can be used in a variety of ways, depending on your needs and preferences. Here are some common methods:

  • Smoking (joints, blunts, bongs, etc.)
  • Ingesting (edibles, tincture)
  • Vaping
  • Dabbing via a dab rig
  • Topical Application (oils, lotions, etc.)


Of the many ways of THC consumption, ingesting is thought to be one of the healthiest forms of consumption. An obvious reason for this is that you’re not inhaling smoke.

Smoking cannabis, or anything for that matter, bears the risks that come along with inhaling smoke. Edibles, on the other hand, are made with cannabis oil, which is healthier for you.

Secondly, edibles allow the body to absorb the cannabinoids slowly while giving you a longer high. When you smoke weed, the THC is absorbed into your bloodstream immediately, whereas when you eat an edible, the THC is absorbed into your digestive system, which takes a little longer. But the high lasts longer, so you don't have to keep smoking weed over and over to get high.

Let’s explore some common methods of consuming Delta 9 THC:

Delta 9 THC Edibles

Edibles are the ultimate way to consume Delta 9 THC. When taken orally, THC takes around 30 minutes to an hour to kick in, but the effects last longer than if you were to smoke it.

Plus, you get the delicious flavor of a high-quality edible, especially if you’re taking our vegan gummies with Delta 9. To get a single dose of Delta 9, all you need to do is take one gummy, and you’re good to go.

Delta 9 THC Tinctures

Delta 9 THC also comes in the form of a tincture. While tinctures can be a good way to reap the benefits of Delta 9, most of them contain alcohol or questionably-sourced oils, and, frankly, they rarely taste good. Since there are no single-dose Delta 9 tinctures, you also run the risk of taking more Delta 9 than you intended with this form of THC consumption.

Delta 9 THC Carts

Smoked cannabis is a popular choice in states where marijuana is legal. If you live in a state where you can’t legally smoke marijuana, you may think going with hemp-derived Delta 9 carts and vapes is a good idea. However, the long-term effects of smoking are notoriously bad, so it’s always better to opt for a different administration method, such as edibles.

Delta 9 THC Capsules

Delta 9 THC capsules are the least common option when it comes to Delta 9 consumption, and it’s not hard to see why. Though they are easy to take and the THC concentration is consistent in every capsule, who would opt for taking a capsule or a pill if they can have a flavorful edible instead?

Delta 8 vs Delta 9

Delta 8 and Delta 9 are both tetrahydrocannabinol compounds found in hemp and marijuana plants. The only chemical difference between the two is the placement of one carbon double bond, which is on the 8th carbon atom for Delta 8 THC and on the 9th atom for Delta 9 THC. Due to this difference in molecular makeup, Delta 9 and Delta 8 produce different effects.

Delta 9 is the psychoactive component of cannabis that is responsible for the "high" feeling. Delta 8 may also produce a high feeling, but many report that it’s a more mild psychoactive effect.

Some cannabis plants with low levels (below .3%) of THC are considered hemp and are legal under the 2018 Farm Bill. Hemp plants produce both low grade Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC cannabinoids, which can be processed into a variety of products.

What’s Stronger—Delta 8 or Delta 9?

Delta 9 is somewhat stronger than Delta 8, with participants of a recent study comparing Delta 8 to Delta 9’s younger brother. If you’re new to THC, products containing Delta 8 THC, such as our gummies with Delta 8, are a great place to start.

Is Delta 8 or Delta 9 Better for Anxiety?

Both Delta 8 and Delta 9 reduce anxiety at a low dose. A study on the effects of cannabinoids on anxiety concluded that cannabis products that contain low amounts of THC alleviate anxiety, while high doses exacerbate it. nama CBD Delta 9 and Delta 8 products contain low amounts of THC and should produce a beneficial effect on your anxiety levels.

Delta 9 THC vs CBD—What Are the Differences?

Both Delta 9 THC and cannabidiol (CBD) are compounds found in hemp and marijuana, but they have different effects. While CBD relaxes you and alleviates your pain and anxiety without getting you high, Delta 9 can get you high at a sufficient dosage and also provides an array of benefits.

When taken together, THC and CBD produce a beneficial entourage effect. The best way to get the entourage effect is to take products with full spectrum CBD, as they also contain low doses of THC. To get the benefits of both Delta 9 THC and CBD, we suggest
gummies with full spectrum CBD.

Is Delta 9 Harmful?

Yes, Delta 9 is generally safe for healthy individuals. Consuming Delta 9 THC has no known long-term negative effects, though taking too high of a dose may cause unwanted short-term effects such as anxiety and paranoia. nama CBD gummies don’t contain a high dose of Delta 9 THC and won’t cause negative side effects.

What Is a High Level of Delta 9 THC?

Anything over 10 mg is considered a high level of Delta 9 THC, especially if you’re a beginner. We recommend starting with 2.5-5 mg and working your way up. Once you’re used to the effects of this compound, increase the dose to around 10 mg, which is typically enough to experience the benefits and feel the euphoric effects of Delta 9 THC.

Who Should Not Take Delta 9 THC?

Delta 9 is generally safe for most people, but we don’t recommend taking it if you are pregnant or nursing, as there are no studies on the effects of this compound on pregnancy or infants. If you’re experiencing any symptoms of a cannabis use disorder, we recommend taking a break and talking to a professional via in-person or online therapy.

Where Can I Buy Delta 9 THC Products?

Delta 9 THC can be bought at dispensaries across the country. You can also purchase it online from various retailers such as nama CBD. Today, more and more people are enjoying the benefits of Delta 9 THC. This is no surprise, as the products offer a lot of value.

If you're looking to buy Delta 9 edibles, you’re in the right place. When it comes to edibles, it is important to buy high-quality products from a reputable source. Low-quality edibles can contain harmful chemicals and pesticides. These chemicals and pesticides can be dangerous to your health and may cause adverse effects. Always do your research to ensure that you are getting a safe and healthy product.

nama CBD offers delicious, vegan edibles that use a Delta 9 extract derived from American hemp. All our products, including our gummies for sleep and our vegan CBD gummies, go through rigorous lab testing for quality and potency. Our edibles are Farm Bill compliant and legal to purchase and consume across the US.

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FAQ on Delta 9 THC

Will Delta 9 get you high?

The subjective effects of THC vary based on your previous experience with the compound, but Delta 9 will certainly get you high at a sufficient dosage. If you want to get the benefits of Delta 9 without getting high, taking low doses of the compound (less than 10mg) is the way to go. nama CBD offers an array of products with micro doses of THC that contain enough Delta 9 to relax you and ease your anxiety without getting you high.

Is Delta 9 or 10 stronger?

Delta 9 is stronger than Delta 10 THC. To get equivalent results, you will need to take double the amount of Delta 10 than you would Delta 9. Delta 10 THC can be a great option for people new to THC.

Is Delta 9 an indica or sativa?

Delta 9 can come from all cannabis plants, including Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica. However, THC derived from these plants is illegal on a federal level, except for medical cannabis users. Our Delta 9 extract comes from hemp and our gummies contain less than 0.3% of Delta 9 THC by dry weight, making them federally legal and a great alternative to Delta 9 derived from sativa or indica.

How much Delta 9 do you need to get high?

The effects of cannabis or hemp-derived Delta 9 vary from person to person, and your previous experience with Delta 9 THC will dictate how much you need to get high. We recommend taking around 10mg of Delta 9 and waiting for at least an hour before taking more, especially if you’re taking it in edible form.

Does Delta 9 help you sleep?

Yes, one of the potential benefits of Delta 9 is its ability to help you fall asleep. At low doses, THC can help you fall asleep by reducing symptoms of medical conditions that interrupt your sleep, such as autoimmune illnesses, depression, and anxiety. If you want to try Delta 9 THC for sleep, it’s best to combine it with CBD and melatonin (our sleep gummies with CBD are a great option).

What is a high level of Delta 9 THC?

Different people respond differently to Delta 9 THC. The following dosages are general guidelines.


  • Beginner dose: 2.5mg of Delta 9
  • Intermediate dose: 5mg of Delta 9
  • High dose: 10mg of Delta 9 and upward


Is Delta 9 the same as weed?

Delta 9 THC is a cannabinoid molecule found in weed (marijuana) and also to a lesser degree in hemp. Marijuana and hemp are both members of the cannabis family.

Do CBD products contain Delta 9?

Some CBD products contain Delta 9 THC, while others do not.



What are the most common CBD products?

Thanks to the recent popularity of CBD, there are many forms in which to consume this compound.

The most common ways of consuming CBD are oral CBD products, such as CBD gummies, CBD tinctures, and CBD capsules, but you can also get the beneficial cannabinoid effects of this compound by smoking it.

We recommend taking CBD in edible form, as it’s delicious and much more healthy than inhaling smoke.

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