Slacker’s Syllabus: Delta-8-THC

Maxine McCrann

Cannabis gets a rep for lulling us into chill, happy baby pose bliss. But with weed, there can be a fine line between soothing and scary. Overindulging can send you plummeting into paranoia and panic.

A compound known as delta-8-THC — considered to be something of a “weed lite,” is believed to create in a gentler high, without the anxiety.

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Because this sounds a little too good to be true, I turned to Lewis Nelson, chair of the department of emergency medicine and chief of the division of medical toxicology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, to help me better understand the buzzy compound.

Here’s everything you need to know about delta-8-THC, including whether it really does offer a smoother high.

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