What is Delta 8 THC?
Delta 8 THC is a naturally occurring psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis that shares an almost identical molecular make up to its psychoactive brother, Delta 9 THC (The most common form of THC that everyone knows and loves). The only small difference being a particular chemical bond that appears on the eighth carbon – instead of the ninth. Hence its name, Delta 8. Even though small, the difference gives Delta 8 a unique and potent high all of its own.
The Benefits of Delta 8 THC
Probably the biggest benefit of Delta 8 THC is that it provides all the positives things you look for in Delta 9 THC without all of the negatives, making it a great functional substitute.
For instance, have you ever been crippled by paranoia, burdened by anxiety, or just plain beaten down by laziness from taking too much Delta 9 THC? Delta 8 THC seems to show little to none of those same side effects. Also, unlike CBD which fails to stimulate the same level of euphoria that people look for in Delta 9 THC, Delta 8 THC can. Delta 8 THC would be immensely beneficial to anyone who uses Delta 9 THC medicinally or recreationally, but does not enjoy the side effects.
How Delta 8 THC is Created?
Delta 8 THC is forged from the fires of science and Cannabis. First we begin with a hemp flower and begin to break it down and run it through a process of fractional distillation. Which is just a fancy way of saying heating and vaporizing things until we’re able to separate them. And through this process of varying temperatures and hardening pressures we are able to isolate a potent Delta 8 THC concentrate, typically refined to concentrations of 80 percent and up.
Is Delta 8 THC Legal?
With the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the 2018 Farm bill, Delta 8 THC was made legal as long as it is made from 100% industrial hemp with a Delta 9 THC content of under 0.3%.
Although the 2018 Farm Bill legalizes Delta 8 THC on a federal level some states still have laws that exclude Delta 8 THC or certain compounds of Hemp illegal. To see a list of all states that have legalized Delta 8 click here.
The Effects of Delta 8 THC
Where delta 9 THC can be described as a stimulating mental “high”, Delta 8 THC can be described as a stimulating physical “high”. A Lot of the positive effects can be:
- Tranquil and clear Mindset
- Increase to happiness or Mood
- Better Sleep
- Less nausea
- Enhanced appetite
- Soothing pain and inflammation
The effects of Delta 8 THC vary from person to person and the common experience can be described as combining the best parts of CBD and Delta 9 THC. It’s relaxing, soothing, and pleasantly euphoric yet clear headed. Where Delta 9 THC can be called intoxicating, Delta 8 THC can be called uplifting and relaxing. It can be motivating/energizing to some at low doses and sleep inducing to others at higher doses.
It goes without saying that for the best results you will want to stick to proper dosing. No one wants to feel like a vegetable because they took 5 times the amount. With proper intake Delta 8 THC can lead to a far more functional “high” than Delta 9 THC and also appears to be more medicinal than both CBD and Delta 9 THC.
Negative side effects can include dry mouth, red eyes, headache, upset stomach, and drowsiness.
Proper Dosage and Potency level for Delta 8 THC
Since Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC are so close in molecular structure it should come as no surprise that the dosages for affect are similar as well.And just like Delta 9 THC, doses for Delta 8 THC vary with individual tolerance and do not seem to be linked to specific physical features such as age, sex, weight, etc.So no matter how big or small you are it’s best to start with small and work your way up.
The common doses for Delta 8 THC edibles are between 10-40 mg. In most cases, heavy recreational users of Delta 9 THC would need 40mg or more while users more sensitive to the effects of Delta 9 THC would take between 5 and 10mg.If you are a consistent user of Delta 9 THC we recommend starting out with a 1:1 ratio. The same goes for other forms of ingesting, such as vaping.
Individuals have also reported that Delta 8 THC is about 75% as potent as Delta 9 THC. We’ve found that potency does depend from person to person and the lack of a “mental haze” when using Delta 8 THC is the reason why people find Delta 9 THC to have a slightly higher potency.
Also it’s good to be aware that Delta 8 THC may have longer lengths of lasting effect and may be slightly more delayed for the effects to take place compared to Delta 9 THC. When taking a Delta 8 THC edible effects have been reported to peak between 1 – 4 hours, where Delta 9 THC may peak between 1 – 2 hours. Due to the delayed onset, a new user may need a few uses to find their sweet spot for the perfect dose.
Is Delta 8 THC safe?
Like most things created in a lab, the safety concern is the execution of procedures performed correctly by a trained chemist. It seems that the safety is comparable to the process of ordering food from a restaurant and expecting the chef to handle and cook your meal with care.
Just like with most medicinal items the amount of usage can change the level of safety as well. There is no known deadly overdose with Delta 8 THC. But, when eating Delta 8 THC, consuming more than the proper dosage is not recommended because it can lead to extreme paranoia and anxiety, similar to Delta 9 THC edibles. Always work your way up slowly to find your proper dosage.
Now the big question is, “Can I pass a drug test on Delta 8 THC?”. The short answer is no. Delta 8 THC’s metabolites are either the same or too similar to Delta 9 THC and will yield a positive test, resulting in Delta 9 THC in the bloodstream.
Keep in mind there is no long-term safety data for Delta 8 THC.
Potential of Delta 8 THC
It can’t be said that Delta 8 THC cures any specific condition, but individuals are reported to use it to treat those conditions and with positive feedback. It is our hope that Delta 8 THC will go through more studies to catapult it forward as a legitimate treatment for all types of pain relief, anxiety, depression, autism, brain disorders, nausea, eating disorders, and more.
Although still new, it is our hopes that Delta 8 THC has the potential to be more beneficial medicinally than CBD and Delta 9 THC.