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March 11, 2021

What is Delta-8?

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By Valerie Orta on March 11, 2021

When you first enter the world of hemp it can be intimidating looking at all of the terms and trying to decide which option is right for you and your needs. Put plainly, Delta-8 THC is a cannabinoid with a similar structure to its cousin, Delta-9 THC. Get to know delta-8 THC and its benefits.

By now you've likely heard of delta-8 THC. But when you first enter the world of hemp it can be intimidating looking at all of the terms and trying to decide which option is right for you and your needs. So what is delta-8 and why might it be right for you?

Put plainly, Delta-8 THC is a cannabinoid with a similar structure to its well-known cousin, Delta-9 THC. It has similar, yet milder effects that people often enjoy when looking to relax.

Here's what you need to know delta-8 THC as you decide whether it's right for you.

What is Delta-8 THC?

Delta-8 THC is a different type of THC that is found within the hemp plant. Similar to delta-9 THC, its widely recognized cannabinoid known for its psychoactive properties, delta-8 has slight chemical differences that allow it to produce unique, generally milder effects.

Although it can be found in the cannabis plant, Delta-8 THC is only present at low concentrations naturally, 0.1% and lower. Since the concentration is so low in the plant, Delta-8 has to be produced by converting hemp-derived CBD to Delta-8 THC using acids and filtration.

Many people enjoy the effects of delta-8 because it delivers a powerful, uplifting effect that you can feel. We’ve also heard many stories of people using delta-8 to sleep better.

Read through our blog to learn more about how delta-8 differs from delta-9 THC and delta-10 THC.

CBD vs Delta-8

Though CBD and Delta-8 are similar, they are vastly different.

The main difference between Delta-8 and CBD is the effects. Delta-8 can be strongly felt by most people. While its relaxing effects are felt differently by everyone, with appropriate dosing, users have reported a strong unwinding sensation and an instant mood boost.

Although Delta-8 does have less adverse effects than THC, negative effects could still include drowsiness, red eyes, and dry mouth. Unlike CBD, Delta-8 THC should not be taken when driving or using heavy tools or machinery. As with any cannabinoid, consult with your physician before taking it and always start with a low dose.

Is Delta-8 Right for Me?

Delta-8 comes in many forms such as delta 8 gummies, delta 8 tinctures, delta 8 edibles, and delta 8 vapes that each offers its own unique experience for the user.

Users have reported that using edibles that are infused with Delta-8 seem to last longer and you get the full effects, starting with a low dosage gummy and working your way up might be the safest place to start if you are completely new to the world of hemp compounds. When it comes to delta-8 servings, it's best to always begin with a small amount and gradually work your way up as needed or desired.

It is important to keep in mind that no long-term studies have been done on Delta-8. Early research and anecdotal evidence suggests delta-8 is safe and well-tolerated.

It's also important to note that those subject to drug testing should avoid using delta-8. While the cannabinoid is federally legal, delta-8 will show up on most drug tests because it is a type of THC. Most tests are unable to distinguish between delta-8 and conventional delta-9 THC.

Keep in mind that you should always consult with your medical care provider before introducing anything into your wellness routine to ensure it’s right for you and your lifestyle.

Koi Delta-8 Products

At Koi, we aim to help you create balance daily. We do that by producing only the highest quality products on the market.

To continue our innovation of safe and reliable products, we have recently produced the highest quality Delta-8 THC products (update: at new lower prices) for our consumers. These products include delta-8 gummies, delta-8 tinctures, delta-8 disposable vapes, and delta-8 vape cartridges.

Just like any other product, Koi tightly controls and monitors the manufacturing of its Delta-8 products and assures only the highest quality. For your safety and reassurance, all of our delta-8 products are third-party tested for purity and compliance. From farm to finished product, we stay 100% transparent about what you are consuming. You always have access to view any of our delta-8 lab results.


At Koi, we carefully blend our gummies to ensure consistency throughout. No matter which Koi gummy flavor you choose, you’re sure to enjoy the consistency every time. Koi Delta 8 Gummies contain 500 mg of delta-8 THC per container. With 20 gummies per container, each gummy packs 25 mg of Delta-8, allowing you to enjoy a gummy whenever you want, with consistent results.

Choose from delicious flavors:

  • Lime
  • Watermelon
  • Blue-Razz
  • Mango
  • Strawberry
  • Sour Cherry
  • Grape


Our Delta 8 Tinctures offer the exciting effects of delta-8 in a handy liquid form. Delta-8, coconut oil, and natural flavoring and sweetener come together to elevate any day. Enjoy 1,000 mg of delta-8 THC in every 30 mL bottle.

Available in five mouth-watering flavors:

  • Strawberry
  • Mango
  • Lime
  • Blue-Razz
  • Watermelon

Disposable Vapes

Our Koi Delta-8 Blend Disposable Vape Bars are made with organic hemp-derived delta-8 THC, THC-O, THC-P, and terpenes, no other additives or fillers. Each 2-gram bar is available in a variety of strains. Our disposable vape bars are equipped with a 280 mAh battery and a ceramic coil for the longest lasting and smoothest vaping experience.

These vape bars come in multiple delicious strains for unique effects:

  • Blackberry Kush
  • Rainbow Belts
  • Guava Crush
  • Sour Tangie
  • Lemon Cherry Gelato

Vape Cartridges

Our Delta-8 Vape Cartridges connect with compatible batteries and are ready for all-day use. With incredible flavors and in a convenient size, you can enjoy them while relaxing. Each cartridge also contains terpenes for a delicious and natural flavor profile. Each cartridge contains 1 gram and is made up of 100% hemp-derived delta-8 THC and terpenes. Cartridges also contain a ceramic coil for the smoothest vaping experience.

Available in five tasty flavors:

  • Lemon Runtz
  • GG#4
  • Blackberry Kush
  • Gelato
  • Super Sour Diesel

FAQ About Koi Delta-8

How is delta-8 different from CBD?

Delta-8 and CBD are both cannabinoids, however, they are extremely different from each other. Delta-8 does exist naturally in the cannabis plant, but only in very small concentrations. Higher concentrations of delta-8 are produced from CBD extracts that are derived from the hemp plant.

What effect does delta-8 have on people?

Delta-8 can deliver a powerful, uplifting effect that you can feel. Users report a highly enjoyable experience, improved sleep, and a healthy appetite. Delta-8 produces a very different feeling than CBD that some describe as a deep state of relaxation. This is not a product to be taken while driving!

Is Delta-8 legal?

This will depend on the state you reside in. Although the 2018 Farm Bill has allowed for hemp-based products throughout the United States, it is important to note that every state has legislation that dictates which hemp-based products are allowed to be purchased within the state.

We are currently not shipping delta-8 products to the following states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, Rhode Island, and Utah.

Get Started with Delta-8

Koi offers a variety of choices for you to try Delta-8 that are sourced naturally and have been tested by independent labs for potency and purity. Koi CBD’s Delta-8 THC products are free of bleach and other residual solvents.

Click here to try Delta-8 products for yourself! You can also explore our Delta-8-9-10 products, which mix delta-8 with delta-9 and delta-10 THC.

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