Delta-8 THC has become increasingly popular amongst consumers for its ability to produce a marijuana like high with less instances of unwanted side-effects, like paranoia and anxiety. While social media may make it sound like a newly discovered cannabinoid, scientists actually synthesized delta-8 in 1965 but it has recently become a favorite in the hemp community. Keep reading to learn more about delta-8 and its benefits.
What is Delta-8 THC and how is it different from delta-9 THC?Delta-8 THC or delta 8 tetrahydrocannabidiol is one of hundreds of cannabinoids that occur in cannabis plants. Chemically, delta-8 THC is quite similar to regular THC, which is also known as delta-9-THC. In fact, delta-8 is formed when delta-9 THC ages. In terms of cannabis, the word delta stands for double bond and the number refers to the location of the double bond. Delta-9 has a double bond is on the 9th carbon atom in the molecule’s chain, hence the name delta-9-thc. Delta-8, on the other hand, has a double-bone on the 8th carbon in the chain.
What are the effects of Delta-8 THC?Like delta-9, Delta-8 THC does possess psychotropic qualities. However, delta-8 has been reported to be about two-thirds as potent than delta-9 THC. This difference in potency can be traced back to the location of molecule’s double bond. Delta-9 thc, which is found in marijuana products, works by binding to CB1 receptors throughout the endocannabinoid system, which in turn produces the psychoactive effects marijuana is known for. When that double bond moves to the 8th carbon in the chain, the molecule no longer able to bind to CB1 receptors as easily, resulting in a lower psychotropic potency. Because delta-8 acts quite similarly to regular THC, they share similar reported benefits such as:
- Appetite stimulation
- Reduced nausea
- Reduced pain
- Lower levels of anxiety