Delta 8. Delta 9. Full Spectrum. Broad Spectrum. These terms are all over CBD products, and if you’re new to the world of CBD, you may be wondering what they mean.

Let’s dive into the nitty gritty of CBD terminology!

Delta 8 vs. Delta 9

Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC — referred to in this article simply as Delta 8 and Delta 9 — are two cannabinoids (compounds which include cannabinol and the active constituents of cannabis.)

Now, Delta 8 and Delta 9 can be found in both hemp and marijuana. In this article, we’ll be discussing hemp-derived components of cannabis, but it’s important to understand the difference between these two plants:

  • A cannabis plant with more than 0.3% THC is marijuana, and is illegal in Texas
  • A cannabis plant with 0.3% or less THC is hemp, and is legal in Texas

Delta 8 and Delta 9 can be found in both variants of cannabis, but are only legal if they are derived from hemp. Thus, all product containing either of these that is sold in Texas, including ours, is hemp-derived.


Delta 8 and Delta 9 are quite different in terms of the effects they render.

Delta 9 is about twice as strong as Delta 8, and is closer to the true high that some seek to get from CBD products. Delta 8’s high is not as potent.

Each cannabinoid takes a different time to produce an effect. Delta 8’s high comes on gradually, while the onset of Delta 9’s effects happens quickly.


Delta 8 and Delta 9 have their own unique sets of users.

Those looking for feelings of relaxation in the face of anxiety or stress commonly lean toward Delta 8.

Those who want to get high for recreational purposes, or who are more used to the high that comes from smoking marijuana, often prefer Delta 9.

Either cannabinoid can be used effectively for both therapeutic and recreational purposes, but certain aspects of Delta 8 and Delta 9 make one preferable over the other, depending on what the user is trying to experience.

These two cannabinoids are highly beneficial to the CBD community because they allow users to experience the effects with which they are comfortable.

Full Spectrum vs. Broad Spectrum

The wide range of cannabinoids that can be found in CBD and CBD variants is the “spectrum” to which “full spectrum” and “broad spectrum” refers.

Full spectrum CBD, as the name implies, contains most cannabinoids, including THC in amounts of 0.3% or less.

Broad spectrum CBD contains the same cannabinoids as full spectrum, except for the THC.

The presence of THC is the sole differentiator between full and broad spectrum.


THC has physiological effects and is the provider of the variation between full and broad spectrum products.

Full spectrum CBD will give you very mild head effects, whereas broad spectrum will give you none — both, however, will help promote the calming and relaxing feelings commonly associated with CBD.


Full spectrum CBD is essentially the step between Delta 8 or Delta 9 and broad spectrum CBD; unlike broad spectrum CBD, it provides a little bit of a head high when used in large doses, but not as can be felt from Delta 8 or Delta 9. Thus, this product is a great option for users who are looking to promote calm and positive feelings as they battle stress and anxiety.

Broad spectrum CBD is used by those who want to retain full mental cognition while also experiencing calming sensations and getting a break from the emotions that tend to cause more harm from good. Thus, many CBD users prefer broad spectrum products if they’re taking them before work or an exam.

A Word of Caution

One question you may have at this point is, “will these types of products make me fail a drug test?”

Here’s the scoop.

Delta 8 and Delta 9 are particularly strong variants of THC, which is found in hemp. THC will get detected in a screening, so using a Delta 8 or Delta 9 product will cause you to fail a drug test.

In theory, full spectrum CBD doesn’t contain enough THC to make it show up on a drug test, but it does contain small amounts, so err on the side of caution and don’t use full spectrum products if drug testing is a concern. It might cause you to fail, and you need your job!

Broad spectrum CBD contains no THC, and therefore should not cause you to fail a drug test.

Have questions about drug testing and CBD products? Talk to a CBD expert right now!


Knowing the differences between Delta 8 and Delta 9, as well as full spectrum and broad spectrum, and knowing what this all means to you, will greatly inform your CBD purchasing decisions.

Now you can pick products that give you all of what you want, and none of what you don’t!

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