“Delta 8 is incredibly energizing while also being completely clear-headed. There is absolutely nothing “stoning” about Delta 8 THC. There’s certainly a “high” of sorts but it’s neither euphoric nor heavy like the couch-lock of a true stoned feeling. And it completely rids me of any feeling of nausea, even the especially debilitating form of nausea that an [alcohol] hangover gives me.”
What Is Delta 8?
Delta-8, D8-THC, or also known as delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol is a natural compound derived from the hemp plant used for therapeutic qualities as works with the body's endocannabiniod system. it It can cause similar effects as delta-9, but not as potent.
Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as Delta 8 THC “is one of the many cannabinoids that occur in cannabis plants. Think of it as the younger brother of the more famous THC, the major psychoactive component of cannabis. Delta-8 THC is formed in the cannabis plant when delta-9 THC becomes oxidized. Some of it will convert into an isomer with an extremely similar molecular structure, referred to as delta-8 THC, or Δ8THC for short” (Vaping 360).
How to Use Delta 8
Delta 8 occurs in incredibly low amounts in hemp plants. The compound is distilled into a thick, translucent liquid that looks like any other CBD distillate. It can be consumed pretty much any way traditional CBD can be consumed – in cartridges, syringes, vapes, edibles, and even flower.
All The Benefits
Because Delta 8 is so new, there is unfortunately limited research surrounding the cannabinoid. However, what has been found is incredibly promising and exciting. In order to provide you with the best understanding of Delta 8 THC, we’re going to break down all of the known benefits which include.
According to a study conducted in 2013 cited by the National Cancer Institute, delta-8 THC is considered to be one of the cannabinoids that has been shown to inhibit tumor growth, “…Delta-9-THC, delta-8-THC, and cannabinol (CBN) were found to inhibit the growth of Lewis lung adenocarcinoma cells in vitro and in vivo. In addition, other tumors have been shown to be sensitive to cannabinoid-induced growth inhibition.”
Anything that is antiemetic means that it is effective in treating nausea and vomiting. And, the good news for Delta 8 users is that the cannabinoid has been found to have antiemetic properties.
A study from 1995 published in Life Sciences indicates delta-8 THC’s ability to reduce symptoms of nausea with minimal side effects in children, “Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol…was administered (18 mg/m2 in edible oil, p.o.) to eight children, aged 3-13 years with various hematologic cancers, treated with different antineoplastic drugs for up to 8 months…Vomiting was completely prevented. The side effects observed were negligible.”
According to a 2004 study conducted on Delta 8 THC, Pharmacy Biochem, found that Delta 8 THC helped increase appetite in mice. “Delta(8)-THC (0.001 mg/kg) caused increased food consumption and tendency to improve cognitive function, without cannabimimetic side effects. Hence, a low dose of THC might be a potential therapeutic agent in the treatment of weight disorders with minimal side effects associated with cannabis use.”
A 2018 study conducted by The Cannabinoid and Cannabis Research journal has shown the potential for treating pain and inflammation with topical Delta-8 THC. “Our results provide novel evidence that the phytocannabinoids Δ8THC and CBD…are antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory in an experimental model of corneal hyperalgesia”.
“A study from a 1987 Alcohol and Drug Research journal conducted on mice, shows that delta-8 THC may also possess some neuroprotective properties based on brain activity that was monitored in the study. The point of the study was to test various cannabinoids, but delta-8 THC was one of the components of the cannabis plant that stood out to the researchers of this study for its significant effect from such a minute dosage.” (Vaping 360).
Although Delta 8 CBD is fairly new, it’s quickly become some of the most in-demand CBD products on the market.