At Wake-N-Bakery in Chicago, I tried Snoop’s Apple Pie, and my friend ordered a Cannatonic Latte. Andrea Michelson
- Delta-8 THC is gaining popularity as a new weed compound that’s basically legal.
- The cannabinoid gets you high but is less potent than other kinds of THC and possibly less anxiety-inducing.
- Like CBD, delta-8 can be derived from hemp and exists in a legal loophole.
I didn’t ask any questions as I stood in line at Chicago’s Wake-N-Bakery and accepted a free weed-infused Sour Patch Watermelon from a barista’s gloved hands.
After all, I wasn’t completely sure how this whole thing worked.
My friend had found the weed cafe on TikTok — it’s a place that seems to exist in a legal loophole, where no one checks IDs and just about anyone can get high off its THC-laced pastries and coffees.
I took the amuse-bouche and chewed it while I waited and decided what to order.
The goods at Wake-N-Bakery contain delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol, a version of THC that’s derived from hemp. Legally, delta-8 is similar to cannabidiol, or CBD, another hemp-derived compound that’s permitted but largely unregulated.
Unlike CBD, delta-8 THC will get you high — maybe not as high as regular weed, but I can attest that consuming enough of this cannabinoid will leave you giggly and a little slow to form full sentences.
Delta-8 is a less potent version of the THC most people know
If you’ve gotten high on cannabis, you’ve likely consumed delta-9 THC. Delta-8 is nearly identical to the OG cannabinoid, but a single shifted chemical bond means it has different effects.
Experts estimate that delta-8 has between half and three-quarters of the potency of delta-9 THC. However, that doesn’t mean it can’t get you baked, Dr. Peter Grinspoon, a cannabis specialist, told Insider.
“It’s less potent, but that doesn’t mean it gets you less high,” said Grinspoon, a primary-care physician at Harvard Medical. “It’s sort of like you can’t argue that beer gets you less drunk than vodka.”
Just as you would need to drink several beers to reach vodka-level drunk, you’d have to consume more delta-8 to feel as high as you would on delta-9.
Published: March 31, 2021