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The facts about Delta 8

Published Nov 27, 2022 10:00 a.m. ET
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Delta 8 (delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol) is a cannabinoid that offers many of the same benefits as delta-9 (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), better known as THC, the most famous compound produced by hemp and cannabis plants. Its popularity on the green scene has exploded mainly due to the fact that delta 8 can provide consumers with all of the most highly sought-after psychoactive qualities of delta 9, only with milder and often more manageable effects, but this lesser-known cannabis compound is great for so much more than just recreation.

Why so many people choose delta 8

Two important questions that most consumers have about delta 8 are what can it do for me, and how do the effects compare to its well-known counterpart? After all, the majority of those who are considering it either have no prior history with cannabinoids or extensive familiarity with the more potent version of THC.

Before making an investment, you’ll want to know what to expect. It’s important to note that the effects of delta 8 vary greatly from one person to the next, just like with any other cannabis element. Still, the difference in experiences reported by both consumers and experts who have studied the subject remains relatively consistent.

  • A clearer mind, making it easier to stay focused
  • Relaxation without sedation
  • Improved control over the intensity of the effects
  • Increased energy levels
  • Fewer adverse effects
  • Mild psychoactive effects

The therapeutic benefits of Delta 8

Some people want to try delta 8 for recreational reasons, but these days health is what’s on everyone's minds, however, this cannabis element brings a tonne of therapeutic value to the table.

Neuroprotective

Delta 8 offers neuroprotective properties which can help to protect and enhance brain health. Some studies have concluded that it can also improve acetylcholine production, a neurotransmitter that controls things like memory, neuroplasticity and cognition.

Appetite stimulation

Research published in 2004 from a clinical trial that analyzed the effects of delta 8 on appetite in mice concluded that even in incredibly low doses, the cannabis compound could effectively stimulate appetite.

Anxiolytic

The ECS quietly guards us against feelings of anxiety, fear, and stress, and this is believed to be mainly the job of CB1 receptors specifically, which just happen to be activated by the delta 8 compound. That’s why taking delta 8 can help to alleviate these often uncomfortable sensations.

Analgesic

Delta 8 engages with the endocannabinoid system, circulating through every inch of the body, which is why it can offer significant relief from inflammation, the number one culprit behind painful symptoms.

Reduce nausea

According to scientific research, delta 8 can be really useful for treating nausea thanks to its antiemetic properties, which make it an effective treatment for managing gastrointestinal disorders and common side effects that may be caused by traditional cancer treatments.

Anti-tumor

We need far more research into delta 8 before we will know how to harness this power effectively, but some studies have shown that this cannabis compound might have a positive impact on tumors and other cancerous cells. So far, most of our evidence comes from trials conducted on rats. However, the results we do have are overall incredible, with many subjects living an average of 20 days longer than their non-treated similarly ailing counterparts.

How does delta 8 work?

Delta 8, like delta 9, binds to the receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which induces the euphoric sensations that make you feel “high”.  This is because both cannabis compounds share similarities in chemical structure, with a double bond that is believed to be responsible for the powerful effects. However, since the placement of those bonds differs, with delta 8’s located on the 8th carbon and delta 9’s on the 9th, the way that delta 8 bonds to the ECS is slightly different. It does not bind to CB1 receptors quite as well, resulting in a less potent buzz.

How is delta 8 made?

Delta 8 can be found in both hemp and cannabis plants, but the majority of these products are made using industrial hemp with fair concentrations of CBD. The extraction of delta-8 is much different from regular THC. It must be done in small batches followed by both isolation and conversion before it is refined in a rather labour-intensive process, which is why most manufacturers choose to use CBD instead, as it can be turned more easily into an isolate that can then be transformed into delta-8, producing larger quantities faster.

Is delta 8 the best choice?

Delta 8 is a fantastic choice for millions of consumers, and for many, it is the best way to get all of the benefits or relief they seek from the plant, but it’s not necessarily ideal for everyone. For example, seasoned cannabis consumers with high tolerance might not see the same level of relief, while those who partake occasionally or not at all are much more likely to be satisfied with the results of this gentler alternative. Every individual's needs are different, so there is no way to know if it’s the solution you’re looking for until you try it!

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