What is Delta-8-THC?
Have you seen Delta-8-THC for sale online and in stores? Are you wondering what it is and if it has the same effects as “regular” THC? Read on to learn the differences between Delta-8 and Delta-9-THC, how Delta-8-THC reportedly makes people feel and its potential health and wellness benefits.
Delta-8-THC and Delta-9-THC can be thought of as cousins. Both tetrahydrocannabinols are compounds naturally found in hemp and cannabis plants and are chemically similar. The only difference is a particular chemical bond that appears on the eighth versus ninth carbon. Both react with our endocannabinoid systems (ECS) in a similar fashion and offer mood elevating, anti-nausea benefits and more. (Scroll down to for links to scientific studies on potential health benefits.)
What does Delta-8-THC feel like?
Of course, many people want to know, will Delta-8-THC get me high? The answer is: yes, delta-8-THC can be intoxicating.
Scientific research and anecdotal reports show that Delta-8-THC offers a smoother, milder high and is about half to two-thirds as intoxicating as Delta-9-THC.
People who have taken Delta-8-THC report feeling a relaxed, full body high without the racing thoughts, anxiety or paranoia that sometimes accompany the psychotropic effects of Delta-9-THC.
The smoother high of Delta-8-THC can make it better for people who are less accustomed to cannabis or who are using it for therapeutic effects rather than a mental high. Even those accustomed to Delta-9-THC may prefer the less sedative and more functional effects of Delta-8-THC.
Where can I buy Delta-8-THC?
Depending where you live, you can probably buy Delta-8-THC online and have it shipped to you for free. Rare Cannabinoid Company offers 500mg Delta-8-THC for sale in certified organic MCT coconut oil for just $49 with free U.S. shipping. This is the same price as 500mg of full spectrum Rare Hawaiian CBD, CBG (cannabigerol), and CBDA (cannabidiolic acid). You can also purchase it on subscription and save 15% with free cancellation at any time.
Delta-8-THC is derived from hemp rather than cannabis plants. This is why it can be sold to the general public in most states outside of dispensaries – just like CBD and rare cannabinoids THCV, CBN, CBG, CBC and CBDA.
What are THCV, CBN, CBG, CBC and CBDA?
Confused by all the acronyms? Rare Cannabinoid Company offers an apothecary of cannabinoids so you can mix and match them according to your needs.
THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin) is reportedly good for energy and appetite control. (Related article: Can THCV really curb the munchies?) Rare Cannabinoid Company was the first to offer a purified THCV oil tincture for sale.
CBG is being studied for many potential physical and mental benefits. (Related article: Is CBG better than CBD for pain, inflammation and aging?) CBG is for sale online here.
CBDA is being studied for anti-nausea and anti-inflammatory uses as well as other health and wellness benefits. (Related article: CBDA vs CBD. What is CBDA and what is it good for?) CBDA is sold here.
Health benefits of Delta-8-THC?
Delta-8-THC appears to have many of the potential benefits of Delta-9THC.
Delta-8-THC is described by the National Cancer Institute as having “antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties.”
Delta-8-THC and anti-tumor research:
In this scientific study, mice implanted with cancerous tumors and treated with Delta-8-THC saw a reduction in tumor size. Delta-9-THC and CBN were also effective at reducing tumors in this particular study but CBD was not.
Anti-nausea properties of Delta-8-THC:
Israeli researchers gave Delta-8-THC to pediatric cancer patients who were suffering from chemotherapy-induce nausea. Delta-8-THC was found to cure the children’s nausea with vomiting completely prevented in all 480 treatments. Side effects were considered negligible.
The U.S. government also has a patent on the antiemetic or anti-nausea uses of Delta-8-THC. The patent describes a mix of Delta-8-THC with CBD. One portion of the research shows Delta-8-THC to be 200 percent more effective at reducing nausea than Delta-9-THC.
Delta-8-THC and cognitive function:
Delta-8-THC may show promise in treating cognitive issues including Alzheimer’s disease.
A 2004 study found “a tendency (of delta-8-THC) to improve cognitive function.”
A study on mice found that Delta-8-THC increased acetylcholine levels (Ach) in the cortex and hippocampus, and decreased acetylcholine turnover in hippocampus. This finding is notable because Alzheimer’s disease is associated with declining levels of Ach in the brain.
Another experiment found that Delta-8-THC significantly lowered the incidence and severity of neurological decline in autoimmune encephalomyelitis in rats.
Delta-8-THC and pain and inflammation:
A 2018 study found topical Delta-8-THC decreased corneal pain and inflammation in mice.
A 2004 review says that Delta-8-THC (along with Delta-9-THC) could be helpful for patients with gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms and bowel disorders such as Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Driving, drug tests and is Delta-8-THC legal?
While there are potential health and wellness benefits associated with Delta-8-THC there are a few warnings to note:
Due to its intoxicating effects, people should never drive or operate machinery while under the influence of Delta-8-THC.
Drug tests are designed to test for Delta-9-THC. However, due to Delta-8-THC’s similar chemical structure to Delta-9-THC, it is possible to turn up positive on a drug test. It is therefore recommended that anyone who is likely to be drug tested not take Delta-8-THC.
While Delta-8-THC is legal in most of the United States, there are several states that have banned it: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, Rhode Island and Utah. This means that it cannot be sold in stores or shipped to addresses in those states.