Delta 8 THC is a variant form of THC found in small concentrations in the cannabis plant. Processors extract the cannabinoid and concentrate it to therapeutic levels.
The main difference between Delta 8 THC and the Delta 9 THC found in marijuana is the location of the double bond. Delta 8 has the double bond on the 8th carbon in the chain, Delta 9 on the 9th.
Delta 8 THC is used for a variety of symptoms including:
•It may even protect brain cells
Delta 8 THC is known to connect to both CB1 and CB2 receptors in our bodies.
The effects of the Delta 8 THC cannabinoid are described as similar to traditional Delta 9 THC, but have been described as less intense, though still powerful, offering the user a calm focus.
Consumers of Delta-8-THC report experiencing pervasive body sensations, relaxation, and clear-headedness, with a lower psychotropic effect.
Industrial hemp is legally separated from high-THC marijuana strains, and therefore subject to entirely different regulation, including all products that come from it. This means that the very same delta-8 is illegal if sourced from one plant, and legal if sourced from another. Delta-8 can get right through the loophole if it is instead sourced from industrial hemp and not marijuana.
Delta 8 THC will get you stoned, but it’s effects truly are a bit different. Delta 8 gives a very clear-headed, engaged high, with zero anxiety or fogginess. Vision and other senses may feel heightened, or more crisp.
Delta-8 is already associated with a number of health benefits. The National Center for Biological Information (NCBI) describes delta-8 THC as follows: “An analogue of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties.” It goes on to say: “This agent exhibits a lower psychotropic potency than delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-9-THC), the primary form of THC found in cannabis.”
One of the fascinating points of interest is also in its cancer-fighting abilities, seen first in 1974 when a study examining mice with tumors found that delta-9 slowed tumor growth after a number of days, while delta-8 combined with CBN actually caused tumors to shrink after 20 days. Another study in 1995 on children with blood cancer, showed a high rate of efficacy for treating the cancer, while also controlling nausea and vomiting.
It is believed – or at least alluded to – that this lack of psychoactive ability also makes users experience less anxiety, making for a good alternative for users who want the benefits of THC – medical or otherwise – without feeling amped-up. There doesn’t seem to be an exact consensus on how it makes a person feel, however many publications report that it produces a high that is more energizing, and less heavy, leaving users with a clearer mind, and more relaxed.
A study was conducted in 1995 by Dr. Raphael Mechoulam in conjunction with Shaare ZedekHospital, Bikur HolimHospital, and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In this study, delta-8 THC was administered to eight children ranging from 3 to 13 years of age with various hematologic cancers. These children had been treated with different drugs and [chemotherapy] for eight months prior to treatment with delta-8-THC. The delta-8-THC treatments started two hours before each session of chemo and continued every six hours for 24 hours. With this treatment, vomiting was completely prevented and side-effects were reported as negligible
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