Continuously evolving, hemp is becoming even more beneficial than many initially believed with the introduction to its latest and most hyped cannabinoid yet, Delta 8 THC. It’s the talk of the cannabis industry and everyone is amazed by its remarkable benefits and the more tolerable psychoactive effects it has to offer. The question everyone’s asking is, however, what is it?
If it is so popular, then how is it only just now being discovered, used, and what makes it better than or different from popular cannabinoids, such as CBD and Delta 9 THC? We’re going to answer all of that and more in this well-constructed article plastered with Delta 8 information.
So, What Is Delta 8 THC?
Delta 8 THC is a chemical compound that exists within cannabis. It is just one of the more than 113 different cannabinoids that have been identified and isolated from the cannabis plant. It is only available in small amounts, therefore extracting it from the hemp plant would be pointless. To obtain large quantities of Delta 8 THC, it is put through a process referred to as isomerization, which uses a specific task of converting CBD into Delta 8 THC. The cannabinoid is derived from hemp, it is an isomer of CBD, and final products on the market contain 0.3% or less Delta 9 THC, thus making it legal. What is most spectacular about Delta 8 is that it boasts a range of benefits and happens to provide psychoactive effects, similar to its close relative, Delta 9 THC (the cannabinoid in marijuana that is responsible for delivering the “high”).
The History of Delta 8 THC
Though some believe it is a new cannabinoid, Delta 8 THC is far from it. In fact, it has been used in research dating back to 1974, where researchers used mice and administered Delta 8, Delta 9 THC, and CBD. The National Cancer Institute conducted the study and found that THC does not harm the immune system, furthermore finding that it actually has cancer-killing capabilities. In 1975, another study was conducted, yet again on mice, but it gave the researchers clarity, discovering that Delta 8 could shrink tumors. Unfortunately, the growth of the tumor did not reduce when they administered CBD.
The best study conducted yet was one in 1995, when Shaare Zadek Hospital, Bikur Holim Hospital, and Hebrew University in Jerusalem came together to study how pediatric patients with cancer reacted to Delta 8 THC. The children suffered from nausea due to chemotherapy, and out of the 480 treatments administered, all 480 of them were 100% successful, meaning it flat out cured their nausea. Delta 8 was also placed into another study in 2004, which helped researchers discover that mice’s appetites increased more with Delta 8 than Delta 9, and had less anxiety. The last study released was in 2018 using Delta 8 THC was one that was published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, which proved that Delta 8 could potentially help reduce both pain and inflammation with corneal injury in mice.
Unfortunately, there haven’t been any human studies that we’re aware of as of yet. However, we’re assuming that as this fascinating cannabinoid continues to gain popularity, it will be the highlight of further research in the future. For now, we are discovering a lot of its benefits and effects through user reports.
The Benefits of Delta 8 THC
When it comes to the benefits of Delta 8 THC, there are many that we are aware of and some that have yet to be reported or discovered. What we do know is that Delta 8 has many of the same traits as Delta 9, like helping reduce nausea, fighting pain and inflammation, and more. Where Delta 8 differs is that it causes less anxiety, helps reduce anxiety, diminish stress, while at the same time making you feel more cheerful, happy, and motivated. It produces a more tolerable high, it’s a perfect candidate for recreational use, it contains fewer side effects, it stimulates your appetite even more, and it allows you to experience a “high” legally.
Delta 8 THC: How Does It Compare To CBD and Delta 9 THC?
While each cannabinoid, CBD, Delta 9 THC, and Delta 8 THC are different from one another with their own chemical structure and own unique properties, both Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC are the most similar. In fact, the two are only separated by a few chemical bonds, Delta 8 residing on the 9th carbon chain and Delta 9 residing on the 9th carbon chain. What makes these two differ the most is the effects they offer, with Delta 9 coming in with potent effects that are often tangled with words like “anxious” and “paranoia”, while Delta 8 is more relaxed, more tolerable, and not nearly as potent. The two are, obviously, both psychoactive compounds, while CBD is non-psychoactive, yet harnesses a range of fascinating medicinal benefits.