If you’re concerned with what’s in your supplements, you should be. No two supplements are the same and, while manufacturers work hard to market their products so that you choose them, above their competitors, ultimately, people will choose what they have found will work for them. For those who prefer a natural option, you may well have come across the world of cannabis products. In addition to cannabis and CBD, you may have come across Delta-8. A lesser-known branch of cannabis products, Delta-8 can provide a higher dose of cannabis than CBD, while not being as strong as the full-on plant.
So, what is Delta-8?
Delta-8-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a naturally-occurring compound found in cannabis. THC is the psychoactive compound found in cannabis, which is responsible for causing “highs.” CBD, on the other hand, is the non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis. CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is an extract derived from hemp plants. When the hemp plant is grown, it will produce a fruit containing a few seeds stored inside, from which the cannabinoids can be extracted. which is why it has become more and more accepted and used around the world for both medical and recreational purposes, as people are wanting to get the benefits of CBD without the “high”.
Delta-8, on the other hand, is a psychoactive compound that is pretty similar to the Delta-9 compound found in the cannabis plant that is responsible for the “high” associated with cannabis. While Delta-8 is found naturally in raw plants, it is in such a small amount that it is not viable, or profitable, to extract and purify it from the plant itself, so manufacturers will instead use hemp-derived CBD and convert it into Delta-8 using a chemical reaction in order to produce the strength of product and quantity required.
So, let’s dive into Delta-8 in a little more detail below so you can really learn about this interesting cannabis product:
What Should You Know About Delta-8?
Delta-8 THC Has Psychoactive and Intoxicating Effects.
Just like Delta-9, Delta-8 THC has psychoactive and intoxicating effects, meaning it can produce a “high”, albeit slightly milder than one would get from full-strength cannabis. Tests involving Delta-8 THC have found that it can induce panic attacks, seizures, disorientation, and psychotic episodes, and affect memory and cognition, causing forgetfulness, loss of coordination, and more. That being said, many people believe that Delta-8 can also help with pain relief, as well as provide a sense of euphoria and relaxation for users.
Delta-8 THC Is Not An FDA-Approved Drug.
The FDA does not approve Delta-8 THC. It’s technically a synthetic cannabinoid, a man-made compound that mimics the chemical in cannabis plants. Because it is derived from the hemp plant, rather than cannabis, it is legal on a federal level in the USA. However, many states have declared Delta-8 as illegal, or severely restricted the use of it to medical only, so it’s important to check local regulations thoroughly before going ahead and purchasing any.
Delta-8 THC Products are Non-FDA-Evaluated or Non-DFA-Approved for Safe Usage.
As you probably know, cannabis products like CBD are not FDA-approved and are in fact sold as food supplements rather than medication. This lack of regulation can mean that there are some counterfeit, or even dangerous, products out there that claim to be CBD, Delta-8, and other cannabis products. Therefore, when shopping for these products, it is vital to do your own research into both the products and manufacturers you are interested in to make sure that they are legitimate and will deliver the benefits you are hoping they will.
Marijuana’s chemical compounds have been found to have therapeutic value, making them promising as treatments for a multitude of ailments when it comes to both physical and mental health. However, the two major cannabinoids, CBD and THC, both differ greatly in terms of their effects, and their legal status around the world, and will no doubt inform an individual’s choice in terms of which compound they choose to use. The good news, however, is that whatever a person decides to go for, they will find a multitude of product options available to them, from gummies and oils to cigarettes and vapes, to creams and other topical products, so even a novice with no prior experience of cannabis products will be able to find something that is easy to use and (hopefully) get the benefits from.