When it comes to cannabis, there’s a lot to learn. Almost daily, it seems like our cannabis knowledge is expanding, teaching us new things. However, with all the scientific breakthroughs and amazing cannabis product innovations, you may find it difficult to keep up with all the different terminology regarding cannabis.
If you’re a lover of cannabis, you’ve probably heard of delta 9 THC, CBD, and even other cannabinoids such as CBN, CBG, and CBD. But, there’s a new cannabinoid that has been making major waves.
Delta-8 THC, has been receiving a lot of buzz lately, yet, as it grows increasingly popular, consumers still have questions. What is delta-8 THC? How is it similar or different from your typical delta 9 THC? Is its sale and consumption legal?
If you’ve found yourself asking these questions about this brand-new cannabinoid, do not worry — we’ve got you covered. In this article we will discuss everything you need to know about the delta 8 THC, what it is, and what makes it unique. We hope that before you make your purchase, that you’ll be able to know exactly what to expect so you can make an informed decision about the best product that fits your needs.
Delta-8 THC Defined
Delta-8 THC is one of hundreds of chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. Like CBD and THC, it’s known as a cannabinoid. When it comes to its molecular structure though, it’s more similar to THC, which is the primary psychoactive component in cannabis. When delta-8 THC is introduced in the body, it doesn’t bind to CB (cannabinoid receptors) in the same way that delta-9 THC does. This overall, creates different effects in our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS).
Unlike delta 9 THC, Delta-8 THC is only mildly psychoactive. Due to this fact, the unique cannabinoid is considered to possess greater medicinal value than psychoactive, perfect for those who wish to receive relief and comfort without experiencing a psychoactive high sensation.
Both the hemp and marijuana plant contain low
low amounts of delta 8, but it’s best when consumed in the form of an extraction. Delta-8 THC extracts allow consumers to receive the medicinal properties of the cannabinoid with a subtle buzz, as its psychoactive content is so low.
So, Scientifically Speaking, How is Delta-8 Different From Delta-9?
In a nutshell, it’s important to note that both of these cannabinoids have double-bond structures. However, the double-bond form between the two cannabinoids isn’t the same. Hence their similar yet different names, m — delta-8’s double bond is located on the eighth atom, on the other hand, delta 9 THC it’s located on the ninth atom.
What does all this mean? Essentially, because their double bonds are found at different locations, it causes each cannabinoid bind differently within the body and thus, causes a different effect as we mentioned earlier. Delta-9 binds to brain receptors, creating a stronger psychoactive effect and yet, delta-8, doesn’t bind nearly as strongly, creating subtle feelings of psychoactivity.
Now don’t get us wrong, delta-9 THC is unique in its own right and comes with its own set of therapeutic benefits. But, delta-8 has demonstrated in research to have substantial benefits — likely due to the it’s ability to better bind to CB2 receptors than CB1 receptors.
Benefits of Delta 8
Now that you’ve learned briefly about the characteristics of delta-8 THC, we’d like to discuss the reported therapeutic benefits of this cannabinoid.
Like delta 9 THC, it’s pretty common to experience feelings of happiness and euphoria, when consuming delta-8 THC. Why? Well, simply because of its mild psychoactivity levels — however, most people tend to desire medicinal relief, as D8 is great for providing a mood boost, increasing appetite, and reducing pain in the body.
While we are still at the start of cannabis research, it’s been found in preliminary studies that delta-8 has powerful neuroprotective properties. Essentially, it seems that delta-8 has the ability to produce a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. This special compound plays an important role in maintaining proper cognitive function. What's even more? Acetylcholine is said to assist with improving your focus, memory and even arousal.
Along with all of this, other studies demonstrate delta-8 THC’s analgesic and anxiolytic effects. When it comes to pain, the cannabinoid seems to help regulate inflammation levels and pain responses, which ultimately help to lower discomfort in the body. Additionally, the anxiolytic effects of delta 8 THC work to relieve anxiety and help relax both the body and the mind. Knowing all of this, it’s clear that these effects are able to help anyone decompress and relax, especially after a long day.
Certainly, this is just the start of all that delta-8 has to offer the planet. As research continues to discover more about this cannabinoid found in cannabis, there's no doubt scientists will uncover even more advantages to consuming D8.
Is D8 Legal?
All science jargon aside, when it comes to psychoactivity and delta 8 THC and how similar it is to THC, you might be wondering, “Is delta-8 THC even legal?” To answer, yes it is legal in most states.
Technically speaking, delta-8 THC is hemp-derived, which makes its production and consumption legal. When the 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law, as long as products don’t contain more than 0.3%, THC and comes from the hemp plant — not marijuana — the product is federally legal. However, we should share that there are some states that have banned delta 8 THC. This, understandably made current cannabis law muddied across the board and thus, has many confused.
All this said, in order to keep in accordance with the law, the best thing anyone can do is perform their own research on the regulations of not only delta-8 THC, but cannabis in general.
As we mentioned earlier, companies following the guidelines of the 2018 Farm Bill, will be just fine. But, it is better to be safe than sorry and double-check with the laws of your state about their stance on cannabis so you may purchase and consume your cannabis with confidence.
Though somewhat new, delta-8 THC is a compound that has both the medical sector and cannabis community excited about the future of cannabis in general.
The purpose of this article was to not only help you better understand the ins and outs of the cannabis plant but also guide you in the right direction toward safe, responsible cannabis consumption — either before starting or while on your cannabis journey. If you still have questions, no matter what, always remember to conduct your own research, be sure to purchase certified products that have been third-party lab-tested, and consume with care.