Delta-8 THC: Everything you Need to Know

Delta-8 THC: Everything you Need to Know

Hemp Flower Containing Delta-8 THC

Difference Between Delta-8 and Delta-9 CBD

Delta 9 Tetrahydrocannabinol is the scientific term for THC, the cannabinoid found in marijuana that gives you that “high” feeling. Thanks to shifts in laws regarding research into medicinal marijuana scientists are finding how much more it has to offer medically as well. There are a number of cannabinoids that have come to attention for their therapeutic effects, and none may hold the promise of Delta-8 THC

Delta-9- tetrahydrocannabinol is oxidized into an isomer known as delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ8-THC) The process used to accomplish this differs between manufacturers, and are closely guarded secrets. Delta-8 is another cannabinoid similar to Delta-9 in chemical composition but a minor shift in cellular structure changes its whole chemical profile. It has less of a psychoactive effect and more of a calming and peaceful feeling, with almost none of the paranoia that can be a common side effect with Delta-9. User experience also relates that the main intoxication like effects wears off in about 30-40 minutes leaving a general state of relaxation afterward.

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Delta-8 THC Effects

In 1975 the US Government first experimented with Delta-8 and it was found to shrink cancerous tumors in lab rats. That was the last serious study into the many benefits of Delta-8 until recently. In 1995 a study was conducted at the Hebrew University Hospital in Jerusalem where, in a test on pediatric cancer patients suffering from severe nausea and vomiting, delta-8 was found to dramatically cure their nausea, with a 100% success rate over 480 treatments.

Delta-8 has shown enormous effects as an anti-anxiety, thanks to its calming properties as well as it’s lack of significant psychoactive effects. What’s more, some research suggests that Delta 8 potentially helps patients produce a neurotransmitter called Acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is responsible for cognition, memory, arousal, and neuroplasticity (The brain's ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life) 

Delta-8 THC offers many health benefits, and now that testing can be done within the law, it is expected that many uses for this astounding compound will come to light in the near future.

How to Use Delta-8 THC

The best way to use Delta-8 THC varies by user preference but the most popular forms of delivery are described below.

  1. Vape Carts - One of the most efficient ways to take Delta-8 is through high quality, pre-filled vape cartridges. These carts from brands such as Cannaaid and 3CHI come in a variety of strains that Delta-9 users will be familiar with like OG Kush, Gelato, and Birthday Cake. Most Delta-8 carts are compatible with a variety of 510 threaded variable volt devices but for the best experience, it is suggested that a device with at least a 10 second preheat be used.
  2. Delta-8 Distillate - A highly concentrated form of Delta-8, distillates can be used to create other products such as homemade carts, vape juice or sprinkled on food or in drinks.
  3. Delta-8 Infused Hemp Flower - As Delta-8 naturally occurs in only minute amounts in natural hemp flower distillate can be infused into the buds to create a more potent form that can be smoked through pipes or prerolls.
  4. Orally - As with regular CBD products, tinctures and other oral delivery systems such as gummies and sprays are available to get a quick dose of Delta-8. Please note, tinctures should be placed under the tongue for at least 15 minutes before swallowing for full effects.