What is Delta-8 THC?
According to the National Cancer Institute, Δ-8 THC is “An analogue of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties. [Delta-8-THC] binds to the cannabinoid G-protein coupled receptor CB1, located in the central nervous system…This agent exhibits a lower psychotropic potency than [delta-9-THC], the primary form of THC found in cannabis.”
Many cannabis users find Delta-8 THC to be a semi-sedative physical sensation without the overwhelming mental stimulation of Delta-9 THC, resulting in a smoother, much milder experience.
In terms of the molecular structure, Delta-8 THC is very similar to Delta-9 THC, the THC in marijuana and widely used in the United States for both recreational and medicinal benefits.
Delta-8 THC is a close cousin to Delta-9 THC, exhibiting it’s own unique medicinal and psychoactive properties.
Delta-8 THC has a relative potency of 2:3 to Delta-9 THC, or about 70% as potent as the popular Delta-9 THC.
Delta-8 binds to the CB1 receptor like Delta-9 THC, but it’s affinity for the receptor is different due to its slightly altered molecular structure.
It’s been studied as far back as 1995 for it’s antiemetic (effective against vomiting and nausea) effectiveness in pediatric oncology. During the study, vomiting was completely prevented and side-effects were reported as negligible for all of the children in the study. Many consumers find the effects of Delta-8 THC to be noticeable in sleep, mood, and everyday well-being.
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Is Delta-8 THC Legal?
Delta-8 THC is federally legal due to the 2018 Farm Bill classification of industrial hemp, which states that any consumer product with less than 0.3% Delta-9 THC is classified as industrial hemp and federally legal.
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