What is Delta 9 THC?

If you’re a cannabis connoisseur, there’s a pretty big chance that you have heard some talk about Delta 9 THC, Delta 8 THC, and even maybe Delta 10 THC. So what is the big difference between all of these compounds, and why should anyone care?


To begin, it’s important to understand that Delta 9 THC and all of the other compounds you’ve heard of are actually something called cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are essentially compounds that are derived from cannabis. There are at least 113 different cannabinoids that have been identified, and the main compound is phytocannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol. These cannabinoids range from having no psychoactive effects (meaning they wont get you high) to having relatively strong psychoactive effects (you can get high).

There are a few cannabinoids on the market today that will get you high. These include Delta 9 THC, Delta 8 THC, Delta 10 THC, HHC, and a number of different ones. However, Delta 9 THC is the one that most of us are familiar with.

Delta 9 THC is what most people would simply refer to as just “THC”. When it is inhaled, you you get that typical cannabis high that we are all familiar with.

Delta 9 THC Federal Level Legality

In Canada, Delta 9 THC has been legal at a federal level since the Cannabis Act of 2018. This means that cannabis and therefore Delta 9 THC is fully legal for recreational use for users that are at least 18 years of age in Alberta and Manitoba, 19 years of age in all other provinces except Quebec which is 21 and older.

In comparison, cannabis in the United State sis still not legal on a federal level yet. This means that each state has it’s own rules when it comes to recreational cannabis and how it is handled. However, there is one important distinction that needs to be made, and that is the Farm Bill of 2018.

Hemp Derived Cannabinoids in the USA

In the United States, a law was passed in 2018 that left the door open for smart entrepreneurs to leverage a loophole. This loophole allowed all hemp derived products that contain less than 0.3% THC to be permitted for federal use and consumption. What they didn’t realize is that there were lesser known cannabinoids such as Delta 8 THC, Delta 10 THC, and THCV that could be extracted. These extractions are all hemp derived and contain less than 0.3% Delta 9 THC, which is still federally illegal.

Medical vs Recreational Marijuana

In Canada, medical marijuana has been legal for many years. In the United States, certain states have permitted medical marijuana for patients as well. Eventually, we may see the US go at least federally legalized within the next 5 years (don’t hold us to that though).

In Canada, purchasing Delta 9 THC cannabis through medical means can be done by visiting your physician. If they feel that cannabis is a good choice based on your conditions and/or needs, then they will advise you. Otherwise, recreational cannabis is the way to go.

The Effects of Delta 9 THC

You’ve probably seen all the stereotypical cannabis movies and memes over the years of people smoking marijuana and getting the typical symptoms. Delta 9 THC when smokes can cause a considerable head high, and its effects are based on the amount of marijuana smoked and the strength of the strain that you are consuming. Additionally, edibles are typically measured by their THC and or CBD content.

You may read various pieces of content online about how cannabis can treat anxiety, stress, or any other health claims. It’s important to note that you should always seek the advise of your doctor before taking any of these claims as fact, as THC is often misinterpreted by unlicensed and non-medical sources of information.

What we do know is that cannabis does have a few common effects, such as increased appetite (munchies) and calming effects when consumed either when smoked, vaped, or consumed in edibles.

Where to Buy Delta 9 THC Online

If you live in British Columbia, Canada, Heat and Herb has a number of cannabis stores across the province. In Vancouver, our location on 45 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Y 1P1 has a wide range of legal and licensed Delta 9 THC products.

Not only can you stop by our physical cannabis stores, we also sell marijuana products online for local delivery. Orders over $30 will secure you same-day weed delivery, free of charge. Our stores carry a range of products, including tinctures, edibles, vapes, flower, CBD, accessories, and more. All of these can be purchased straight from our website by visiting our location pages, and then their respective online menus.