What is this Delta 8 Stuff? Why should I care?
Delta 8 THC is a natural powerful cannabinoid with psychotropic properties derived from hemp. There are over 100 cannabinoids, many tend to mix up delta-8 with its more popular sister compound, delta-9, the two most popular are THC and CBD. While delta-9 THC is most commonly known for its psychoactive effects, delta-8 is a bit different. What most people think of when considering the psychoactive effects of THC, is in fact, the delta-9 molecule. However, delta-8 tends to have more calming and relaxing qualities compared to its delta-9 counterpart. Before we dive into its qualities, let’s look at what actually is delta-8 :
Δ8-THC has similar effects. Δ8-THC is considered to be a psychotropic compound, Delta-8-THC is an isomer of CBD, which is a derivative of hemp and CBD, a cannabinoid found in hemp, and is found in our products with less than 0.3% Delta-9-THC. In other words, Delta 8 THC is sort of a middle ground between hemp, CBD and THC-Delta-9. Research on the effects of Δ8-THC have shown the compound can help reduce anxiety, calm the body’s reaction to stress, improve mood and motivation, increase appetite, and also assist with aches and pains.
According to The National Cancer Institute, Delta-8 THC is defined as “an analogue of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties.” They also stated that “this agent exhibits a lower psychotropic potency than Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta-9-THC), the primary form of THC found in cannabis.” In fact, delta-8 THC is extracted from delta-9 THC molecules in a solvent-free distillate. But not all delta-8 vapes are alike.
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What are the benefits of Delta 8?
As more studies get released, we’re learning more about Delta 8-THC and how it works. The benefits of delta-8 vary for each individual, but it’s typically known for its reduced psychoactive qualities compared to the standard delta-9 THC.
In this report published through MedGen, researchers described Delta 8-THC as “an analogue of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties.”
In non-medical terms, researchers linked Delta 8-THC to anti-nausea (antiemetic), anti-anxiety (anxiolytic), and pain relief (analgesic) benefits, among other effects. Delta 8-THC could stimulate your appetite. It could also protect brain cells thanks to its neuroprotective effects.
By combining both delta-8 and live cannabis terpenes, our newest vape product helps limit the THC’s psychotropic activity, which can create a more relaxed experience for consumers and patients. Additionally, delta-8 connects to CB1 and CB2 receptors, and this bond tends to give you a more full-body effect. Delta-8 is often not as dominant as delta-9, which can produce a calmer experience compared to standard THC.
Many users claim Delta 8-THC gives them a more clear-headed high, for example. Because Delta 8-THC is a form of THC, it still gets you high – but many people claim they don’t feel out of control. Some claim to feel energized and motivated after taking Delta 8-THC – not lethargic.
The most notable benefits linked to Delta 8-THC include:
- Stimulate appetite
- Help with pain and inflammation
- Eliminate nausea in cancer patients
- Enjoy a clearer-headed high compared to ordinary THC
- Enjoy CBD-like benefits in terms of anxiety, pain, and inflammation
- Could work topically (applied to the skin) or orally
Pain and Anti-Inflammatory Effects
A 2018 preclinical study published in “Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research” found that delta-8-THC may help to diminish pain and inflammation in corneal injury in mice. The research found that delta-8-THC, applied topically, assisted in pain reduction, and reduced inflammation through its effects on the CB1 receptors. Another preclinical study on rats also reported that delta-8-THC delivers pain relief, but that tolerance to the cannabinoid developed rapidly.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, delta-8-THC displays anxiety-reducing qualities similar to delta-9-THC. While there is currently little clinical literature investigating its anti-anxiety potential, anecdotal reports claim that the consumption of delta-8-THC results in a very calm, focused high, without the anxiety that can sometimes accompany delta-9-THC.
The nausea fighting potential of delta-8-THC was reported in a 1995 study published in “Life Sciences.” The study followed eight pediatric cancer patients over two years and found that no vomiting occurred when patients ingested delta-8-THC before and for 24 hours after cancer treatment. The study reported very few side effects.
Delta-8-THC may also help to stimulate the appetite. Research conducted on mice and published in a 2004 edition of “Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior” found that a low dose of delta-8-THC administered to mice over 50 days resulted in a 22% increase in food intake compared with controls. The research also reported that delta-8-THC increased food intake significantly more than delta-9-THC, which is a reputed appetite stimulant.
How Long Do Delta 8 THC Effects Last?
The length of Delta 8 THC’s effects are very unique to the individual. As an average, we see high purity vapes lasting 1-5 hours and tinctures and edibles lasting 5-12 hours. Larger doses generally create longer lasting effects, especially with tinctures and edibles.
A difficulty of judging the length of effects is that Delta 8 THC has a fairly natural onset and come down, so that it is sometimes hard for an individual to truly grasp where their “baseline” is/was before and after taking D8 THC.
This is especially true for individuals who do not feel “high” from Delta 8 THC but just get a boost in mood. This mood change is sometimes unnoticeable to the individual themselves because of the natural onset and the user will think D8 THC had no effect. We’ve seen this many times in sampling sessions where the individual says they feel nothing, but someone they are with will then inform them how much more pleasant they’ve become in the last few minutes.
Another difficulty in judging the length of effects is that many reports are given based on the “peak” and thus disregards a substantial amount of time spent above baseline after the peak effects are felt. Delta 8 THC effects do not peak and then disappear. There is a gradual phase-out of effects.
In general, the effects of vaporized Delta 8 THC will be shorter than D8 THC that is eaten.
Will I Pass A Drug Test on Delta 8 THC?
No, as Delta 8 THC’s metabolites are either that same or too similar to Delta 9 THC’s and will trigger a positive test for Delta 9 THC.
While we’ve heard of others passing while using Delta 8 THC, we have not personally verified these reports, and our firsthand data suggest that’s, at best, not common.