What Is Delta-8-THC and How Is It Different from Delta-9 THC?
THC or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol is by far the most well-known cannabinoid, but certainly isn’t the only powerful chemical compound native to the cannabis flower. Delta-8-THC, one of the four most common cannabinoids, is similar to its psychoactive relative THC, but with several key differences.
What Is Delta-8-THC?
According to the National Cancer Institute, delta-8-THC can be defined as:
“An analogue of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties. [Delta-8-THC] binds to the cannabinoid G-protein coupled receptor CB1, located in the central nervous system…This agent exhibits a lower psychotropic potency than [delta-9-THC], the primary form of THC found in cannabis.”
It wasn’t until 1995 when an Israeli study conducted by Shaare Zedek Hospital, Bikur Holim Hospital, and the Hebrew University administered delta-8 THC to children with cancer. The study’s lead author was no other than Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, who is also known as the father of THC. The study’s authors wrote that by the time the research was published, there were already 480 cases of successful treatments using delta-8 to treat cancer. Aside from helping the children, delta-8 also helped treat the vomiting.
Today, we know that delta-8 activates the same receptors as the main THC cannabinoid, which is the CB1 receptor. It is also beneficial in helping regulate many body functions including sleep, mood, pain, memory, and more. Studies show that delta-8 also acts on the CB2 receptor, which is critical in helping keep the immune system healthy. We also now know that traditional THC is no longer the only compound that gets you high; while delta-8 can do that, its effects are considered more gradual compared to the instant high of THC, which is better for users who tend to get paranoid or anxious.
There are only a few studies looking at the therapeutic effects of the delta-8, but what we have so far is promising. Here’s what we know so far:
- Appetite stimulation: A 2004 animal study revealed that when rodents were administered with low doses of delta-8, their appetites improved significantly. In fact, delta-8 administration resulted in even better outcomes than the rodents that were administered with delta-9 THC.
- Anxiety: The same 1995 study conducted by Israeli scientists found that children were less likely to suffer anxiety when given delta-8 compared to traditional THC. The study’s participants, whose ages ranged from 3 to 13, showed no signs of psychoactive effects after being administered with delta-8.
- Nausea and vomiting: According to the National Cancer Institute, delta-8 THC is defined as: “An analogue of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties.”
Important Product Notes
Delta 8 THC tincture can be moderately intoxicating to some. Do not drive or operate any machinery while using this product. Consult a doctor before using this product.
This product is legal according to federal law and many state laws, as it is 100% derived from legal hemp and does not contain any ∆9 THC. However, we do not guarantee that this product is legal in your state or territory and it is up to you to determine that. Luvitol retains the right to not ship to any states or territories where local laws conflict with the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (H.R.2 – 115th Congress), have a definition of hemp that is different than Section 297a of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, or has a different local or state law that conflicts with existing federal law which thereby renders this product illegal in that state or territory. If we find that the product is illegal in your state or territory after your order we may refuse shipping and give a refund less any processing fees and/or time costs incurred.
While we do not have sufficient data to say anything definitively, it is thought that the delta 8 THC metabolites will trigger many drug tests looking for delta 9 THC. As a precaution, you should not take this product if you need to pass a drug test.
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