The market for Delta-8 is booming and brick & mortar stores across the nation are seeing a heightened level of success thanks to the products that come with it. From smoke shops to your specialty vape shops, small businesses all around the country are clearing shelf space for this fascinatingly new cannabis product, which happens to be completely federally legal.
Delta-8 THC is a name you may not know, but people certainly recognize the “THC” abbreviation. THC is a term that is often being used to describe a marijuana product, and unfortunately, that comes along with a negative stigma. Due to a handful of states legalizing marijuana products, both medicinally and recreationally, that stigma isn’t quite as impactful today. Despite the bumpy road both marijuana and its popular chemical compound, Delta-9 THC, may have endured throughout centuries, Delta-8 THC has a free ride ahead of it with no treseros paths in sight.
What is Delta-8 THC? It is a form of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that is derived from the hemp plant, and not marijuana. Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, all hemp-derived products that contain 0.3% or less Delta-9 THC is federally legal. The chemical compound, commonly referred to as a cannabinoid, is too a psychoactive compound, similar to marijuana, yet is far less potent and provides a more enjoyable and relaxed experience.
For the last few years, small smoke and vape shops throughout the United States have been catering to a hefty population of smokers and vapers, relying on profits from a range of nicotine products, while trying to take small steps into the cannabis market with CBD products to reach a broader audience. With the hype surrounding Delta-8, partially because it’s legal and produces psychoactive effects, these small brick and mortar stores have found their next stepping stone into the cannabis market, and this time it’s the real thing, kind of.
While Delta-8 THC doesn’t quite pair up to its close relative, Delta-9 THC, as far as concerning its potency, it’s definitely outscoring it on a number of factors, which is why the quite astonishing chemical compound is making waves throughout the cannabis industry. There have been a number of reports from consumers sharing that Delta-8 provides a much more tolerable “high”, comes with less anxiety as a side effect, and is overall more enjoyable. Due to its more desired effects and greater accessibility, the brick and mortar market is experiencing a high level of success.