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.