What is Delta 8 THC?
Delta 8 THC is one of the 100+ cannabinoids found in Cannabis. Processors extract and concentrate it since it only exists naturally in small percentages within the Cannabis flower. Like other cannabinoids, it interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system. Despite the difference in the natural quantities of Delta 8 and Delta 9 in Cannabis, when concentrated, they interact with the nervous system similarly, which raises the question…
Benefits of Using Delta 8 THC
As researchers continue to study Delta-8, we are learning more about Delta 8-THC and how it works.
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.”
Researchers linked Delta 8-THC to anti-nausea (antiemetic), anti-anxiety (anxiolytic), and pain relief (analgesic) benefits. Delta 8-THC may stimulate your appetite. It may also protect brain cells due to its neuroprotective effects.
Researchers also found that Delta 8-THC “exhibits a lower psychotropic potency” than Delta 9-THC. It still gets you high, but you don’t get as high as you normally would taking the same amount of THC.
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
Delta THC-8 Safety & Side Effects
Because Delta THC-8 is still relatively “New”, there is still much research that needs to be done before we can answer whether consuming Delta 8 is safe or not. it’s hard to verify the safety and efficacy of the compound. Theoretically, the compound should have similar side effects to ordinary THC. However, we still don’t know much about Delta 8 and how it works – so it’s not clear how side effects could work.
This 1976 study linked Delta THC-8 and Delta THC-9 to increased blood pressure in rats. Researchers found that both forms of THC constricted blood vessels temporarily, which had caused the blood pressure to raise.
The pain relief study on rats found that rats enjoyed significant pain relief, although they grew tolerant to it over time.
Early research suggests that Delta 8-THC has similar side effects and safety to Delta 9-THC, although more research is needed. In conclusion, It is still unknown how safe delta 8 is for human consumption although many scientists believe it is likely to be relatively safe.