Delta-8 Q&A

Curious about delta-8-THC? Here are some of the most common questions and answers regarding this herb.

What is delta-8-THC?

Delta-8-THC, or just delta-8, is a natural cannabinoid that occurs in trace amounts in most cannabis strains. Like delta-9 THC (the primary active ingredient in cannabis and the one with which you’re likely most familiar), delta-8 binds to the CB1 receptors in your brain. However, compared to delta-9, delta-8 seems to have a reduced affinity for these receptors. Because of this, delta-8 may be more stable and less potent.

How does delta-8’s potency compare to CBD and delta-9?

Delta-8 has been described as a “middle ground” between hemp, CBD and delta-9-THC. It is estimated to be anywhere between half to two-thirds as potent as delta-9.

What’s the difference between CBD and THC?

Unlike THC, CBD doesn’t have psychoactive properties. CBD is used for various health reasons (insomnia, pain, anxiety) but it won’t cause the psychoactive effects of delta-8 and delta-9. THC offers most, if not all benefits of CBD, but also includes the “high.”

Will delta-8 make me tired?

As a natural cannabinoid, delta-8 can impact the body’s endocannabinoid system, which regulates sleep and other functions. Delta-8 binds to CB1 receptors, an action known to induce sleepiness. Of course, this is a good thing if you’re trying to fall asleep.

Will delta-8 make me hungry?

Yes, delta-8 can stimulate your appetite. Of course, this also depends on how much you consume.

Are there any side effects of delta-8?

Side effects of delta-8 are similar to those of delta-9 but possibly to a lesser extent. These might include dry mouth, poor concentration, lethargy, glassy eyes and anxiety.

Is delta-8 federally legal?

According to the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill), all derivatives, isomers, and cannabinoids in hemp are legal provided that the final products contain less than 0.3% delta-9 THC.

What are the chemical differences between delta-8 and delta-9?

The only chemical difference between delta-8 and delta-9 is where a particular double bond is located on the chain of carbon atoms. Delta-8 has a double bond on the 8th carbon chain, while delta-9 has a double bond on the 9th carbon chain. This seemingly small difference is significant enough to produce slightly different mental and physical effects.

Will delta-8 show up on drug tests?

Yes, delta-8 will show up in a drug test because it triggers the same metabolite as delta-9.

Is Delta-8 legal in my state?

Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

Is it legal to have Delta 8-THC sent through the mail?

Delta-8 can be sent legally through the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). According to USPS regulations, hemp products (including Delta-8) can be shipped within the U.S.

Have there been any studies on delta-8?

In a 1995 study, published in Elsevier, researchers looked at the effectiveness of delta-8 as a potential treatment for the nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy in children. The study was conducted by Shaare Zedek Hospital, Bikur Holim Hospital and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

For the research, delta-8 was administered (18 mg/m2 in edible oil) to eight children, ages 3 to 13. The children had various hematologic cancers and were being treated with different antineoplastic (anti-cancer) drugs for up to 8 months. 

“The THC treatment started two hours before each antineoplastic treatment and was continued every 6 hrs for 24 hours. Vomiting was completely prevented. The side effects observed were negligible,” according to the authors.

Another report by the National Cancer Institute found delta-8, delta-9 and CBD all had the ability to stop tumor growth. In that report, the authors state that the potential benefits of medicinal cannabis for patients with cancer include the following: antiemetic effects (anti-nausea), appetite stimulation, pain relief and improved sleep.

According to High Times, “In 1974, government researchers performed a study on mice to find out if delta-8 harmed the immune system. Instead, what they discovered were the cannabinoid’s cancer-killing abilities.”

“One would think the discovery would be breaking news and more research would get conducted. However, other than a few studies, delta-8 has been kept mostly out of the public eye. It took decades for the government to even admit that delta-8 could kill cancer cells.”

According to High Times, “Delta-8 THC has been researched since the 1960s, and several studies have shown the cannabinoid to have several therapeutic benefits, including antiemetic (anti-nausea), anxiolytic (anti-anxiety), appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective effects.”

What other herbs can help me feel relaxed or help with anxiety?

Red vein kratom

Red vein kratom, a darker reddish-brown color, is made from the most mature leaves and is typically linked to more relaxing effects. We offer Red Bali, Red Borneo, Red Maeng Da, Red Malay and Red Thai.

Kava

Kava is a traditional ceremonial drink from Fijian Islands, consumed to bring about a state of relaxation during rituals and social gatherings. kava gives a general feeling of relaxation while allowing you to stay clear-minded.

Ashwagandha (for anxiety and stress)

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) — also called Indian ginseng or winter cherry — is an ancient Ayurvedic herb. Ayurveda is a natural medicine system with historical roots in India. Ashwagandha belongs to a class of medicinal herbs known as adaptogens and has been used for more than 3,000 years to help reduce stress, improve stamina and increase concentration levels. 

Holy Basil

Holy basil, or Tulsi, is another ancient herb commonly used in Ayurveda. This herb has a place within the Vaishnava tradition of Hinduism, in which devotees perform worship involving holy basil plants or leaves. 

In Ayurveda, holy basil is commonly referred to as an “Elixir of Life” due to its healing powers. This herb is an important adaptogen that has long been recognized to treat many different common health conditions. 

 

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