What is Delta 8 or Delta 8 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)?
Delta-8 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a psychoactive cannabinoid. Delta-8 has a lower psychotropic potency than its close cousin, Delta-9, even though Delta-9 is the most abundant variety of cannabis. Delta-8 is also known to connect with both CB1 and CB2 receptors in our bodies.
Delta-8 is synthesized from cannabigerolic acid (CBGA), the acidic form of CBG. Commonly called the “cannabis’ stem cell”, CBGA is responsible for producing a bunch of other cannabinoids such as THCA. THCA is then synthesized in mature cannabis from the stem cell molecule. Once harvested and exposed to heat, the THCA is decarboxylated, losing a CO2 molecule and becoming Delta-9 THC – or just THC. That is then turned into Delta-8 by oxidation.
Delta-8 only exists naturally in very small quantities, we’ of less than 1 percent. in turn, the only way to experience the effects of Delta-8 is from refined concentrates. Many consider Delta-8 valuable due to its low potency. Researchers have looked into Delta-8, concluding that, generally speaking, Delta-8 THC produces similar psychoactive effects to Delta-9 THC, but is around 50% to 75% less potent.
What To Expect With Delta-8
Delta-8 has been described as an easier, more tolerable version of traditional THC, producing semi-sedative effects without much mental stimulation. According to the US National Cancer Institute, Delta-8-THC can be defined as an analog of THC with antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties.
Chemically, Delta-8 THC differs from Delta-9 THC by only a few atomic bonds. However, it possesses many of the same beneficial qualities as Delta-9 THC, and is only around 25% as psychoactive as Delta-9 THC.
The 2018 Farm Bill specifically made all derivatives, isomers, and cannabinoids in hemp legal, provided the final product has less than 0.3% Delta 9 THC. For reference, Delta-8 THC is an isomer of CBD and a derivative of hemp and CBD. It is your responsibility to know your local and state laws.
As a minor cannabinoid, there’s still a lot about Delta-8 that we don’t know. You should always take a cautious approach when trying anything for the first time. If you’re considering consuming Delta-8-THC products, be aware of the information currently available on the cannabinoid. Make sure to talk to your doctor before trying Delta-8.
Do not drive or operate heavy machinery after using this product. Keep out of reach of children. If you are subject to regular or random drug screening it is best not to use this product. Most standard drug tests will not be able to tell the difference between Delta-8 THC and Delta-9 THC.