Delta 8, What’s All the Buzz?
Whether you’re a veteran cannabis consumer or enthusiastic newcomer, you’re probably wise to the fact that THC and CBD aren’t the only therapeutic or psychoactive cannabinoids on the block. THCV, CBN, CBG and CBC are all compounds native to the cannabis plant which have been found to exhibit either medicinal or intoxicating effects that warrant further excavation.
You may not have heard of it, but delta-8 THC is a double-bond isomer of the more common delta-9 THC. While it may not be as strong as delta-9, delta-8 THC is still more than capable of giving an individual a mild psychoactive effect—along with a host of potential therapeutic benefits.
Delta-8-THC occurs in small amounts on hemp plants naturally, but commercial extractors are using selective breeding and molecular isolation to extract concentrates that are abundant in delta-8-THC and other rare cannabinoids.
High-concentration delta-8-THC products such as edibles, capsules and delta-8 extracts have been creeping onto the legal market for several years now. Delta-8-THC is reported to offer a calmer intoxicating effect than marijuana-derived delta-9.
Thanks to the federal government’s Schedule I classification of cannabis, though, clinical studies of the medical benefits of the plant are limited, and research into rare compounds found inside the plant are even more restricted.
What are the potential therapeutic benefits of delta-8-THC?
Delta-8 is capable of connecting to the same CB1 receptor as delta-9 THC would, as well as the CB2 receptor. The National Cancer Institute defines delta-8 THC as “an analogue of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic and neuroprotective properties.”
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