How does Delta-8 THC Affect the Body?

How does Delta-8 affect the body?

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

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.


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