What is Delta-8 and How Can It Benefit You?

What is delta-8

What is Delta-8? 

If you are a cannabinoid enthusiast then I am sure you are familiar with the more commonly known ones such as THC, CBD, CBN, and CBG. But have you been hearing about something called Delta-8 lately? Simply put, Delta-8-Tetrahydrocannabinol is another cannabinoid that occurs in smaller concentrations and is similar to Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (a.k.a THC). Both display psychoactive effects, however delta-8 is said to be 50% less potent than its relative delta-9. It also undergoes a different extraction process. When delta-9 THC begins to degrade, it turns into delta-8-THC. Since it occurs in such small amounts, growers and extractors use selective breeding and molecular isolation to access greater quantities of delta-8-THC. 

What are the Benefits of Delta-8?

Now that we got a short lesson on what delta-8 is, I am sure you are wondering how it can benefit you. Similar to the other common cannabinoids, delta-8 is said to offer anti-inflammatory benefits, anxiety reduction, appetite stimulation and reduce nausea. In a 2018 study done on rats, it was found that delta-8 bonds to the CB1 receptor and can offer anti-inflammation properties therefore allowing for pain relief. A 2004 rat study also showed the potential of delta-8 to act as an appetite stimulant (so you may want to avoid if you can’t control the “munchies”).  The U.S. National Library of Medicine stated that delta-8 portrays similar properties to the anti-anxiety benefits of delta-9. Since, this is a compound that is new on the mainstream market there are few studies to confirm, but anecdotal evidence claims D8 gives a focused high, oftentimes without the anxious side effects that sometimes come with traditional THC. Anti-nausea properties were found in a 1995 study when cancer patients who took delta-8 before and after cancer treatment did not experience vomiting. 

How Do You Consume Delta-8?
Similar to your typical cannabis or hemp consumption, delta-8 can also be smoked, vaporized, put into an oil, or an edible. If you are new to psychoactive products then a tincture or edible option might be for you. With this option you can go low and slow because legal products list the amount of milligrams of THC. The onset is about 45-60 minutes and if you start low you can always up the dose as needed. If you are looking for fast hitting effects, then smoking and vaping will be your best option. Since you are inhaling, the product goes through your respiratory system, with an onset of about 5 minutes, giving you near immediate feelings. 
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