What Is Delta 8?
Delta-8 THC (Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol) is a cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are naturally occurring chemicals that are found in hemp and marijuana plants, though only in minor amounts. It is the civilized, toned-down version of its cousin Delta 9 THC. Like Delta 9, Delta 8 too has psychoactive effects. However, the psychoactive effects of Delta 8 are much more controlled than Delta 9. Because of this, the stock of Delta 8 is at an all-time high and can be seen everywhere these days.
How Does It Compare to Regular Marijuana (Delta-9-THC)?
Why is there a developing interest and fast-growing market for Delta 8? First of all, its chemical structure is like that of its well-known cousin, Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta-9-THC). For those of you that don't know, Delta 9 is the main psychoactive compound found in weed. That is the thing that gets you "high."
Both Delta 8 and Delta 9 are types of THC. However, when individuals allude to THC, they are usually referring to Delta-9. That is because it is found in high concentrations in cannabis. Both produce a euphoric effect, yet Delta-8 causes a milder and controlled high.
Delta 8 is regularly referred to by such amusing terms as "weed light" or "diet weed."
Is Delta-8 Legal?
One of the explanations for Delta-8's developing prevalence and popularity is that, unlike vigorously regulated THC, Delta-8 is lawful to use in many states. That is because it's extricated generally from hemp-determined CBD, which is lawful to cultivate across the U.S.
However, the legality of Delta 8 is far from cut and dry. Hemp's lawfulness originates from the federal farm bill (the Agriculture and Nutrition Improvement Act of 2018), which eliminated hemp and its side effects from the list of controlled substances. The explanation: Hemp's low THC levels (under 0.3%). The bill doesn't refer to Delta 8 anywhere, by default making it legal. Hemp supporters and those who sell it have utilized this legal grey area to legally advertise Delta 8 items. Not only this, but the lack of proper legislation means they have been marketing this to people without any age restriction. That is why it's currently the quickest developing item from the hemp business.
Since there's little oversight or lab testing on what goes into Delta-8 items, scientific experts and different researchers have serious safety concerns. Items that claim to contain Delta-8 might contain harmful additives, including significant amounts of THC. Accordingly, around twelve states, including New York and Colorado, are starting to confine and boycott the utilization of Delta-8.
Delta 8: What Are the Benefits?
Some people claim that Delta 8 has a bevy of benefits. The fact of the matter remains that not nearly enough research has been conducted to give a definitive answer at this moment in time.
However, there is a lot of positive feedback we can gather from regular users of Delta 8. Although most of this is obtained on social media; whether you are inclined to believe people or not is up to you. Among other things, the most common positives listed were:
- Calm nausea
- Boost appetite
- Ease pain relief
- Boost mental health
- Prevent vomiting during cancer treatments
Delta 8: Is It Safe to Use?
Despite the claims that regular users may make, experts say that the jury is still out on Delta 8. They say this because current information is limited as research so far has been inconclusive. When you look at it, it does make sense. The popularity of a product does not define its positive qualities. Furthermore, fans of a product are more likely to portray something that they use regularly in a good light.
Delta 8: What Are the Side Effects?
Much like its structurally similar relative Delta 9, Delta 8 has also induced a bevy of side effects in users. Of the reported side effects, the most common were:
- Slow heart rate (bradycardia)
- Fast heart rate (tachycardia)
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
Besides all the informative talk, your health is the number one priority for us, and it should be the same for you. If you do end up consuming Delta 8 products and notice any of these side effects, do not hesitate to consult your doctor.
- Delta 8 is a THC like Delta 9
- Delta 8 occurs in small amounts naturally
- Delta 8 has much milder psychoactive effects than Delta 9
- Delta 8 is legal; however, only on a technicality
- The safety of Delta 8 cannot be determined at this point, due to a lack of research
- Users claim a variety of benefits; the level of truth to said claims is up to your inclination to believe strangers
- There are, however, a large number of side effects people experience when they use Delta 8