What Is Delta-8 THC: And Is It Legal In The UK?

I first heard about Delta 8 THC products about a year or so ago, just as they were becoming popular in America. 

Since then, I’ve watched interest in delta 8 rapidly increase in the US, but also in the UK, where a couple of retailers have started stocking delta 8 products. 

This article will tell you all you need to know about delta 8 THC in the UK, including what it is exactly, its benefits and effects, and its legal status. 

We’ll also give you an idea of where you can buy delta 8 THC products in the UK.

What is Delta-8 THC

Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol (otherwise known as delta-8 THC or simply delta 8) is a cannabinoid. It’s one of over a hundred, including more well known ones such as CBD and THC. THC, which is responsible for the famed ‘high’ associated with cannabis, is scientifically known as delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol.

The difference between the two compounds is pretty small – whereas delta 9 THC has a double bond on the ninth carbon, delta 8 has it on the eighth carbon. This slight structural difference allows delta-8 THC to interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) in a slightly different way. 

While there is very little research on how delta 8 THC works in the body, it’s this difference which is thought to make the psychoactive effects delta-8 much less intense than regular delta-9 THC. 

Is Delta 8 THC legal in the UK?

Hemp-derived delta 8 THC is legal in the US thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill. However, in the UK it seems it is probably a controlled substance.

Cannabis has been illegal in the UK since the 1971 passing of the Misuse of Drugs Act (MODA) in the UK. It is currently a class B drug and possession can result in up to 5 years in prison, an unlimited fine, or both. For small amounts, a fine or confiscation is more likely.

While the MODA doesn’t specifically name delta 8 THC as a controlled compound, it does restrict “derivatives” and “analogues” of prohibited cannabinoids including delta-9 THC and CBN. 

Additionally, delta-8 may also fall under the scope of the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016, which outlaws “any substance intended for human consumption that is capable of producing a psychoactive effect.”

Does delta 8 THC get you high?

Delta-8 does have some psychoactive effects and will probably get you at least a bit high, although not as high as delta 9 THC would.

Many people say that while they certainly feel high, their minds are still very clear – unlike with delta 9 THC, which can affect perception, working memory and focus, and leave people feeling groggy.  

I’ve also heard from a number of people that it can increase energy, although this could be more to do with terpenes in products. 

What are the benefits/effects of Delta 8 THC?

The main benefits of delta 8 THC that I see mentioned most are its anti-anxiety effects and pain-relieving effects. That would make it useful for stress reduction, sleep and quite possibly reducing inflammation. 

Many people prefer delta 8 to delta 9 THC as it doesn’t seem to produce the same anxiety and paranoia that delta 9 can, while still offering a pleasant ‘high’.  Having said that, I’ve read a few reports of delta 8 causing slight anxiety in some people. 

From the limited studies on delta 8 THC we could find, there was this one that found “very low doses of delta 8-THC increase food consumption” and showed a “tendency to improve cognitive function” in weight loss patients.

Where to buy Delta 8 THC in the UK?

At the moment, it seems the only place selling delta 8 THC products in the UK is Budmother. They have delta 8 flower, hash and vapes. 

As these products are probably illegal, we don’t advise you to purchase them.

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12 Comments on “What Is Delta-8 THC: And Is It Legal In The UK?”

  1. I live in the US and love Delta 8. You can find it in many gas stations or smoke shops in Texas, my home state. It is not as strong as Cannabis..but if I take 30 mg of Delta 8 via gummy bear…I will fly high for many hours…at least 6… and I can still feel it lingering mildly the next day. Delta 8 has everything good about Cannabis without all the negative like the massive dry mouth, paranoia, and anxiety. I highly recommend you try it if you are looking for something smooth and mild…and possibly legal to buy. You can control your high based on home much you consume and how you consume it…I love the gummies!!!!

  2. Really enjoying the D8 products available here in the UK! Expensive but much better quality than some of the crap available from the street

      1. He told u. BUDMOTHER , but also paradise cbd ,and somewhere else does but can’t remember the name . Also ask cbd king on a certain social “gram” wink

    1. Hi
      Where do you buy Delta 8 stuff from in UK. I can only by online and been scammed 3 times out of 3. I’m so fed up with scammers. It’s seems a gray area of the law with some saying it legal then another resource says it’s not. I hope you don’t mind me asking you. It vape cartridges I’ve been looking for.

    2. Where did you get your delta 8 ,I am looking for a vape and I live in Edinburgh and would like a UK based company

      1. Try Budmother.com…really good company and excellent products-they are about the only company with D8 in UK.

      2. I have a supplier in the UK 30 BP for 10mg bottles I smoke it now ,,flavour less an tasteless ubasd u own flavour ,,of mix ,,cutting it to a 1 to 1 ratio but u can make stronger or weaker

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