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With the rise of Cannabis, Delta-8 THC has become a selling point for most brands. Delta-8 THC and Delta-9 THC (the prevalent compound in
cannabis that gets you high) produce closely similar effects when consumed. While there is a lot of hype around delta-8, it is best to understand facts about it.
Like Delta-9, Delta-8 interacts with our body's endocannabinoid system to produce a high and a euphoric feeling. The two THCs have a double bond in their structure. Scientists suggest that this double bond is what triggers the intoxicating effects that cause a high feeling.
However, unlike in Delta-9, where the double bond is positioned on the ninth carbon atom, the double bond in Delta-8 is positioned on its eighth carbon. Extensive studies show that the both THCs interact with our bodies at slightly different levels so that the effects of Delta-8 THC are smoother and much less potent. However, experts believe that Delta-8 effects are more gradual and more satisfying than those of Delta-9.
Delta 8-THC On Your Body
Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly referred to as Delta-8 THC, is an analog of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) molecule. Unlike Delta-9 THC, which only binds with the CB1 receptors, Delta-8 interacts with both the CB1 and CB2 receptors in our body's endocannabinoid system.
While CB1 receptors are mainly located in the brain, CB2 receptors are expressed in the immune system and throughout our central nervous system. Hence, while Delta-9 THC mainly produces mind effects, Delta-8 produces well-rounded mind and full-body effects.
When the CB2 receptors are activated, they promote feelings of relaxation and relief. They also regulate our immune response and reduce inflammation. These are the same effects experienced when cannabidiol (CBD) is consumed. Until all cannabinoids are rigorously studied, Delta-8 THC is currently the only THC form that creates a bond with our CB2 receptors.
Most people refer to Delta-8 as Marijuana-lite. It is mainly embraced by users who do not want the fuzzy feeling of THC but rather want to experience a 'gentle, enjoyable and manageable' high.
Since Delta-8 THC is mainly sourced from the hemp plant, it is considered federally legal- at least in theory. Today, you can find Delta-8 THC products like tinctures, gummies, chocolate bars, and more in many stores and dispensaries around the United States.
The Effects Of Delta-8 THC
Delta-8 research is still in its early stages. However, users who regularly take it report feelings of euphoria, happiness, and enhanced moods. The compound provides deep relief as the CB2 receptors take in the THC and redistribute it throughout the body. It can help achieve pain relief, fight insomnia, and provide relaxation. Additionally, it fights inflammation and works on muscles at a deeper level.
It has been associated with side effects such as dry mouth, red eyes, and
munchies. In rare cases, it can cause paranoia and anxiety. Please note that Delta-8 is relatively new on the market, and more research into its
effectiveness, and safety is still required.
Your body will have different reactions to Delta-8 depending on the potency. Tolerance occurs when the receptors in your body no longer react as usual when you take a THC dose. The numbness from frequent use of the Delta-8 THC requires you to increase the dosage to get the same effect. Additionally, increased THC use lowers the sensations to low doses.
Delta-9 is different in that it builds tolerance over time. The saturation also takes twice the time it takes Delta-8 to go away. Therefore, it is recommendable that one takes a break for 4 to 5 weeks from using Delta-9 to dismantle the build-up.
On the contrary, Delta-8 takes very little time for the build-up to dissipate. It can take 7 to 8 days for the receptors to refresh. After the eight days are
over, the gentle bonds promote a quick recovery for the receptors. The property gives it an edge over Delta-9.
The Bottom Line
There is more to learn and discover about Delta-8 and other cannabinoids. It has lesser high effects making it user-friendly for people who need cannabis for health and medicinal purposes. Additionally, Delta-8 is considered legal in most states, and many users choose it over any other cannabis product. The growing hype around Delta-8 only shows that people find it more effective.