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What is Delta 8 THC?

Users that want a less intense high while suppressing anxiety may want to try delta-8 products. Delta-8 THC is not as potent as its sister cannabinoid, but it does still produce a mild high. The euphoric feeling produced tends to be less intense than what might be experienced with Delta-9 THC, and you may experience a more clear-headed and energetic result. Utilizing CBD with Delta-8 THC will further decrease any mind-altering effects experienced by the user.  Some users suggest that delta-8 THC is a much calmer high and does not make them paranoid or disoriented, which can often occur with delta-9 THC.  Delta 8 will not produce the loss of focus that is characteristic of Delta 9.While delta-8 THC binds to the same receptors, it is 50% less potent, and twice as effective as an anti-nausea when compared to delta-9 THC. 

 

Many users will find that Delta 8 makes them feel more uplifted and motivated. If you have never experienced any form of THC directly, you may want to start small to gauge how it affects you.

The CBD Curators is carrying two sizes of gummies; 200 and 400 mg bags with 25 mg per gummy.  And two tinctures, 300 and 600 mg each.  3Chi potent delta 8 THC sublingual tincture is a broad-spectrum extract also containing CBD, CBN, CBC, CBG, CBDv, and a custom terpene blend. This tincture is a creeper and settles into the body with deep relaxation, pain relief, and mental clarity. Highly recommended for those looking for the physical therapeutic effects of Δ8THC.  If edibles are more your thing, 3Chi makes delicious black rasberry gummies with 25mg of Δ8 THC per treat. These are really soft and tasty, with lots of sugar crystals and no gross cannabis-aftertaste.

A range of preclinical and clinical studies are uncovering some of the unique properties and therapeutic potential of delta-8-THC.

What is the difference between Delta 8 and Delta 9? 

While Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC have similar names, they are distinctly different compounds with distinctly different characteristics, and there are clear-cut reasons why Delta 8 THC was made fully federally legal by H.R. 2: The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 and Delta 9 THC was limited to a maximum content of 0.3%.

PAIN AND ANTI-INFLAMMATORY EFFECTS

A 2018 preclinical study published in “Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research” found that delta-8-THC may help to diminish pain and inflammation in corneal injury in mice. The research found that delta-8-THC, applied topically, assisted in pain reduction, and reduced inflammation through its effects on the CB1 receptors.

ANXIETY

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, delta-8-THC displays anxiety-reducing qualities similar to delta-9-THC. While there is currently little clinical literature investigating its anti-anxiety potential, anecdotal reports claim that the consumption of delta-8-THC results in a very calm, focused high, without the anxiety that can sometimes accompany delta-9-THC.

ANTI-NAUSEANT EFFECTS

The nausea fighting potential of delta-8-THC was reported in a 1995 study published in  “Life Sciences.” The study followed eight pediatric cancer patients over two years and found that no vomiting occurred when patients ingested delta-8-THC before and for 24 hours after cancer treatment. The study reported very few side effects. 

APPETITE STIMULANT

Delta-8-THC may also help to stimulate the appetite. Research conducted on mice and published in a 2004 edition of “Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior” found that a low dose of delta-8-THC administered to mice over 50 days resulted in a 22% increase in food intake compared with controls. The research also reported that delta-8-THC increased food intake significantly more than delta-9-THC, which is a reputed appetite stimulant. 

While the Farm Bill only gives a limit on Delta 9, hemp contains a few versions of THC, including Delta 8, THCA and THCV. Each version brings unique effects to the table.

Quick chemistry lesson for the uninitiated: The delta part of the name refers to the double bond, so both Delta 8 and Delta 9 contain double bonds, the difference is where that double bond is located. Organic chemistry deals with carbon atoms – a lot of carbon atoms, chains of them – and the respective “8” and “9” in the names of these cannabinoids refer to the location of that double (Delta) bond in the chain. Delta 9 has a double bond on the 9th carbon in the chain, Delta 8 on the 8th. So, what this really boils down to is that a double bond is going to have more electrons than single carbon bonds and will interact differently with the endocannabinoid system. It doesn’t seem like a big difference, but when we’re talking about subatomic particles, the location of that double bond can be very significant.
THCA – THCA exists in the stems, leaves, and flowers of the cannabis plant. It is the only one of the four types of THC that has no psychoactive or mind-altering properties. It is the source of the other 3 types of THC. This process is stimulated by applying heat and light to THCA. Sunlight and natural aging can cause the conversion of small amounts of THCA to its counterparts.

 

THCV – THCV is another byproduct of THCA breakdown. While it is similar to Delta-9 THC, it has some distinct differences. One significant difference between THCV and its better-known cannabinoid cousin: It actually functions as an appetite suppressant instead of making you hungry. It can, in fact, even limit the actions of Delta-9 THC.

In fact, delta-8 THC can become delta-9 THC because the latter is much more stable. The ‘delta-8 bond’ does not prefer this position and will actually switch to the more stable delta-9 position and the molecule changes. This transition is part of the reason there is a higher concentration of delta-9 THC than delta-8 because over time all of delta-8 will become delta-9. 

Will Delta 8 show up on a drug test? 

Delta 8 THC metabolites may trigger many drug tests looking for Delta 9 THC metabolites. As a precaution, you should not take this product if you need to pass a drug test.