Cannabis is made of many different components, each with their own special role to play in producing the wide array of effects achieved when you take a hit. Most people know about the two main ingredients, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), but few are aware that both have variants with specific qualities. For example, when people engage with THC, they are typically dealing with what is called delta-9 THC. But there is another version of the chemical with significantly disparate qualities, known as Delta-8 THC, which has received some press because of its potential qualities.
What is Delta-8 THC?
Delta-8 THC refers to the type of carbon atom with a double bond — denoted by the word “delta” — composing the cannabinoid. Whereas delta-9 THC possesses a double bond on the number 9 carbon atom, delta-8 has a double bond on the number 8 carbon atom.
Delta-8 THC occurs infrequently in very small quantities, making its effects not widely known and banishing it to obscurity compared to its older brother, THC. However, there are many potential reasons for one to seek out delta-8 THC. In fact, cannabis companies around the world are researching new extraction and isolation methods for creating pure delta-8 THC.
Effects of the Delta-8 Variant
Many cannabis consumers are fans of THC for its psychoactive effects, and the delta-8 variant certainly produces a high familiar to any experienced smoker. Delta-8 is known to be significantly less harsh, though, creating more of a mellow mood that sinks into the mind gradually compared to its delta-9 variant.
Companies developing delta-8 variant products are interested in the chemical as an alternative for cannabis enthusiasts who enjoy getting high but who might not be a fan of the often intense psychotropic qualities that can leave one delirious or immobile for hours. Most companies are attempting to explore the limits of delta-9 THC and the maximum potency achievable for consistent production. Delta-8 THC products will likely be marketed for beginners and anyone simply looking for a casual cannabis experience without the life-changing mental journey attached.
Benefits of Delta-8 THC
Beyond its diminished psychoactive qualities, delta-8 THC has also been said to assist with conditions like nausea, frequent vomiting, anxiety and loss of appetite. There are even some who swear by its effectiveness as a tumor reduction agent and promoter of neuro-health, claiming that delta-8 THC can instigate the growth of brain cells and assist in strengthening the faculties of the mind that contribute to better memory and learning.
The most common use of delta-8, however, is as a relaxant, and it wouldn’t be shocking to one day see cafes centered around the delta-8 THC experience and entire lines of products devoted to this newly-noticed and intriguing cannabis component. For companies in the industry, the potential of the chemical is expansive.
Research into delta-8 THC is in its infancy, however, as more information comes available, we’ll definitely let you know!
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