What is Delta-8 THC?

What is Delta-8 THC?

August 16, 2021

What is Delta 8 THC?

Both THC and CBD are becoming popular choices for many people to treat various health disorders and symptoms. THC, or more specifically Delta 9 THC, is the chemical compound responsible for the typical high sensation after marijuana use and can alleviate pain and anxiety. CBD provides similar benefits without the psychoactive component. A new compound, Delta 8 THC, is somewhere in between the effects of CBD and THC and has some truly promising potential as a medical intervention. Here’s what you need to know about Delta 8 THC.

Delta 8 THC

Delta 8 THC is a degraded form of Delta 9 THC, the psychoactive component of the marijuana plant. It occurs when Delta 9 ages or is stored for a long time and is present in much smaller quantities than Delta 9 in the typical hemp plant.

Because Delta 8 is a tetrahydrocannabinol like Delta 9, it can cause similar effects, like the “munchies” and the typical high sensation. However, the results are much less potent with Delta 8; the high will be milder.

What Can Delta 8 Do?

Like its Delta 9 and CBD counterparts, Delta 8 THC has been shown to have some impressive medical benefits.

  • Pain management. As an analgesic, Delta 8 reduces inflammation throughout the body as it courses through the bloodstream. Inflammation is a common cause of chronic pain in joints and muscles.
  • Anxiety relief. The calming, euphoric effect of Delta 8 can inhibit symptoms of anxiety, stress, and depression.
  • Nausea and vomiting. Delta 8 acts as an antiemetic by connecting with receptors in the gut. This is helpful in people with chronic sickness due to cancer treatment or digestive disorders.
  • The more plastic, or flexible, your brain, the more able it is to deal with new situations and defeat negative rumination, which can further reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
  • Appetite stimulation. Delta 8 can increase feelings of hunger in patients who struggle to have an appetite. This could be because of medication or an ongoing chronic disorder.
  • Cancer-fighting properties. Some animal studies have shown that Delta 8 THC may be able to reduce the size of cancerous tumors.

How to Take Delta 8 THC

Delta 8, like THC  and CBD, is offered to consumers in a few ways. Vape cartridges are available for smoking, though this is the least recommended way to ingest it. Gummies are the generally preferred option for Delta 8 consumption, especially since they’re easy to dose.

It’s estimated that Delta 8 is a bit less than half as potent as Delta 9 THC, so your dose will be much larger than you might expect. Gummies can usually be found at doses between 10 and 40 milligrams per piece. If you’re not sure how Delta 8 will affect you, start with a lower dosage.

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