What is Delta 9 THC? A Guide to the #1 Cannabinoid

by Chris Husong

 What is Delta 9 THC? A Guide to the #1 Cannabinoid

As the most popular cannabinoid in hemp (out of hundreds of other cannabinoids) and the primary psychoactive component, the reputation of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) precedes itself.

THC comes in several forms: Delta 8, Delta 9, and Delta 10. They all have their own unique molecular structure, even though they are all quite similar chemically. The key difference is the location where a double bond on the carbon chain is found. On the chain, Delta 8 has a double bond at the 8th carbon atom, Delta 9 has a double bond at the 9th carbon atom, and Delta 10 has a double bond at the 10th carbon atom.

Regardless of this small difference in double bond placement Delta 9 is the preferred form of THC for its signature “high”, making it highly popular with consumers.

How Delta 9 THC Works

Just like all cannabinoids, Delta 9 works by interacting with your endocannabinoid system (ECS) Your ECS contains a network of endocannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors that help regulate certain bodily functions. Delta 9 THC can bind with the receptors in your ECS which produces many effects.

The Effects of Delta 9 THC

Side effects of Delta 9 THC can commonly include an elevated mood, enhanced creativity, and even a sense of euphoria. However, rarer side effects of Delta 9 can include anxiety, increased heart rate, and paranoia.

Research has shown that Delta 9 THC may also have certain therapeutic effects. Many people consume Delta 9 THC (and weed, in general) for relief of the stresses of daily life, pain, and inflammation, to even more serious health concerns. 

How To Consume Delta 9 THC

Delta 9 THC can be consumed in a variety of ways, from smoking and vaping to ingestion. The duration and strength of the effects will differ based on the product potency and the method of consumption. Inhalation of concentrates or dried flower typically results in a more instantaneous effect, while edibles take longer for results but can last longer (because they must be digested first).

When starting out with Delta 9 THC products, taking the smallest dose is recommended before increasing gradually to achieve the desired effect after you see how your body reacts. We all know that it is possible to overdose, resulting in unpleasant side effects. So, go low and slow with a product that is low in THC. Typically, 1 to 2 milligrams is a good place to start. 

Is Delta 9 THC safe?

Most people can safely tolerate Delta 9. THC allows the brain to release a large amount of the “feel good” chemical dopamine which is the reason why being high is so pleasant for many people. However, with an excessive release of dopamine, there is a risk of developing cannabis withdrawal symptoms if you stop using it


Is Delta 9 identical to THC or CBD?

Delta 9 is not the same as CBD, it is a form of THC. Like THC, Delta 9 can be intoxicating; however, CBD is not.

What’s the difference between Delta 9 and Delta 8 THC?

Delta 9 and Delta 8 THC are very similar chemical compounds. They have the same chemical formula: C₂₁H₃₀O. The key difference between Delta 9 and Delta 8 is one of the double bonds (carbon-carbon) is located in a different area within the chemical structure.

As far as the effects, Delta 9 and Delta 8 are both intoxicating. Anecdotally, however, Delta 8 is considered a minor cannabinoid and appears to be less potent than Delta 9 which is considered a major cannabinoid. More research needs to be done to determine the scientific differences between the effects of Delta 9 and Delta 8.

Can Delta 9 THC get you “high”?

Yes. THC is the chemical compound in cannabis that is intoxicating. As the most abundant form of THC in cannabis, Delta 9 can get you high. 

Is Delta 9 THC legal?

Delta 9 products are legal at the Federal level and in some states. Cannabis is legal for medical purposes in some states and for recreational purposes in other states. To learn more about your state’s policies, you can check Norml’s map of cannabis laws. 

A significant reason for the growing popularity of hemp-derived Delta 9 THC is due to fewer legal restrictions. This is possible because of the 2018 Farm Bill which legalized U.S. hemp production and also legalized CBD and Delta 9 THC products if they are derived from hemp and contain less than 0.3% THC.

Is Delta 9 THC safe?

Delta 9 is safe to consume. However, like all substances, there are potential side effects and risks. Short-term side effects can include dry mouth, anxiety, increased heart rate, increased appetite, red eyes, memory loss, and slow reaction times. It’s best to talk with your doctor before using Delta 9.


Delta 9 THC is the most popular and the most studied form of THC. It is an intoxicating chemical compound that people can use both medically and recreationally. 

Premium Quality Delta 9 THC Products at Headshop

As hemp-based products have continued to rise in popularity, there has been a correlating expansion of Delta 9 THC products. These products vary from tinctures and edibles to topicals and capsules, in addition to concentrates and dried flower, of course. We expect to see many new products in the future as well, which makes for exciting weed-loving times we’re living in.

At Headshop, we carry Koi Delta 9 Gummies in Watermelon, MDRN MOOD Delta 9 Gummies in Blueberry Lemonade and other flavors, cbdMD Delta 9 Gummies in Cherry and Blue Razz, and Moon Babies Delta 9 Gummies in Tropical Kush and Berry Melon Lifter. In addition, we carry a large selection of tasty edibles by Space Gods, including Space Bars and Space Burst in 3 flavors each, Space Chocolates in 5 flavors, as well as Space Gummies and Space Rocks in 7 flavors each.

If you’re trying premium quality Delta 9 for yourself, check out our extensive selection of Delta 9 THC products available online now! 

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