CBD and THC are the two primary compounds that people think of when discussing hemp and cannabis plants. People have recently started paying close attention to hemp plants beyond these two main cannabinoids.
One topic that has been attracting particular interest is THC and its many different types. When people typically refer to THC, they are talking about delta-9-THC. It’s the most common form.
While delta-9 remains the most popular form of THC, there is a growing interest in delta-8-THC and why it might be a better option for many.
Until recently, most people had never even heard of delta-8-THC, so what exactly is it, and will delta-8 THC get you high the same way as delta-9?
Why Is Delta 8 Suddenly Getting So Much Positive Attention?
Delta-8-THC is not new but, until recently, has always been overshadowed by the immensely popular delta-9. However, the passing of the Farm Bill in 2018 saw several significant legal changes. Most importantly, all hemp-derived products are now legal on a federal level as long as they contain no more than 0.3% delta-9 THC.
The Farm Bill led to a great deal of interest in delta-8 THC as it provides a way to enjoy the benefits of THC without having to worry about the legal issues of delta-9.
In the years since the passing of the Farm Bill, the hemp industry has seen a growing demand for delta-8 THC products. Delta-8 products are not often sold alongside CBD products and other natural supplements.
What Is Delta-8-THC?
THC compounds all share one distinctive feature, and that is that they have a double carbon bond. This double bond causes the psychoactive effects that make delta-9 so popular. However, the double bond placement differs and is the main thing that sets different types of THC apart.
In the case of delta-9, the double bond can be found on the 9th atom, whereas delta-8 is on the 8th atom. The difference in the placement of the double carbon bond affects the intensity of the effects felt when THC is consumed and the effects it can have on the body.
Delta-8 THC products have a much lower psychoactive potency as a result of the placement of the double bond. In fact, delta-8 is considered a much better option than delta-9 for most people as its effects are much milder and less overwhelming for those not used to THC.
How Does Delta-8 Affect the Body, and Will It Get You High?
Delta-8 THC might have become famous for being a milder version of delta-9, but it also has many effects and benefits that are its own.
As with other types of THC, delta-8 can cause mild psychoactive effects. However, this tends to take the form of a sense of euphoria and calm rather than an energetic high. Most people find that they can still carry out daily tasks and think clearly when taking delta-8, something that is not always the case with delta-9.
Delta-8 THC is also thought to have several medical benefits making it much more than just a recreational product. Delta-8 is becoming an increasingly popular product for people who want to manage chronic pain using natural methods rather than traditional pharmaceuticals.
Delta-8 can also help with stress, anxiety, and insomnia. The therapeutic effects of delta-8 make it ideal for relaxing the mind and limiting the adverse effects of stress on the body.
While large quantities of delta-8 might be able to cause the sensation of being high, it is mainly used for medicinal purposes and for to help with relaxation.
Is Delta-8 Safe to Use?
The all-important question that most people ask when they head about delta-8 is whether or not it is safe.
One of the main reasons why so many people use THC products for recreational and medicinal purposes is because it has few adverse effects. While too much delta-9 THC can cause feelings of panic, drowsiness, and a general sense of being overwhelmed, these effects are temporary.
There are few known long-term effects to taking THC, especially when it is used sensibly. As delta-8 has less of an effect on the body than delta-9, it is considered less likely to cause potential adverse effects.
When using delta-8 products per the manufacturer’s suggested guidelines, the chances of adverse effects are thought to be rare. Even when negative effects are felt, they are short-term and should have no long-lasting signs.
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