Delta-8 THC is a psychoactive and intoxicating cannabinoid that is synthetically produced as a by-product of CBD or delta-9 THC. It binds to CB1 receptors throughout the body, as well as CB2 receptors, and helps the body to better regulate pain and anxiety. It also increases choline and acetylcholine levels, which may be useful in treating degenerative mental health conditions. Delta-8 THC improves the generation and growth of neurons, which improves brain health.
Delta 8 is known to be less potent than delta-9 THC, but it still produces an intoxicating “high”. If a child eats or is exposed to Delta-8 products, such as gummies or candies, seek immediate medical attention. While research on the potential benefits of Delta-8 is lacking, it is believed to stimulate appetite and regulate nutrient absorption. It is also capable of relieving chronic pain when applied topically.
Delta-8 THC is legal in most states, making it an attractive option for those looking for the effects of THC without the legal risks. Delta-8 THC is one of more than 100 cannabinoids found in cannabis sativa plants, but it only exists naturally in fractions of one percent. Companies are finding value in concentrating esoteric cannabinoids such as Delta 8 because of its unique effects and applications. Edible producers of delta-8 THC usually dose their gummies to have more than twice the concentration of those containing delta-9 THC, reflecting their belief that delta-8 THC is less than half as strong as delta-9 THC.
More information is needed to identify the possible health benefits related to delta-8 THC, but issues of legality make this research difficult. However, its potential benefits are worth exploring for those looking for an alternative to delta-9 THC.