What Is Delta-8 THC and Why Is Everyone Talking About It?
The recent buzz around the cannabis community isn’t about the latest hybrid strain, and it isn’t a debate over the best combination of terpenes and flavonoids either. Today, most cannabis enthusiasts have turned their attention to an exciting compound that has everyone talking — even though the compound itself may not be so new. Delta-8 THC may not be as well-known as its psychotropic cousin delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, and it may not have the mainstream acceptance of CBD, but right now, it has piqued everyone’s interest.
But what is Delta-8 THC, and why is everyone talking about it?
Along with THC, CBD, and cannabinol, Delta-8 THC constitutes one of the four major compounds found in the cannabis plant, although there is over 100 in total. It is considered by researchers to be a minor cannabinoid, mostly because it is only found in minimal concentrations. Moreover, it is not directly synthesized by the plant, but rather, it’s a debased form of THC. It takes a skilled hand and selective breeding for cultivators to produce this compound in mass quantities large enough for public consumption.
Of course, that’s just a little bit of the science behind this exciting new compound. We haven’t even reached the good part yet.
Because Delta-8 THC is so similar to THC — it’s considered an analog of its more famous cousin — it shares similar psychotropic properties. That means that what you’re thinking right now is absolutely, without a doubt, 100 percent true — Delta-8 THC does give you a buzz. And it is entirely legal.
Delta-8 THC and the Endocannabinoid System: How Does It Work?
One of the reasons Delta-8 THC is having somewhat of a renaissance these days is because it sits somewhat in the middle between THC and CBD. It offers all of the benefits of cannabis and hemp while giving users a mild, subdued high that doesn’t leave them feeling sluggish and unable to complete their tasks throughout the day. Delta-8 THC is an excellent alternative for both medical and recreational cannabis users who want to experience the benefits and keep a clear head so they can stay on target with what they have to do.
From a scientific perspective, delta-8-THC is much more stable than its more psychoactive cousin THC. Like THC, Delta-8 THC binds to the CB1 receptors, which are the receptors that handle the “high” or “buzz” effects of the compound. However, research has shown that it binds a bit differently, resulting in a smoother experience for users. People who have used Delta-8 THC have reported feeling less anxiety than when using typical THC products while also noting a more effortless ability to concentrate.
Whether or not Delta-8 THC works better in conjunction with other compounds in the cannabis plant such as terpenes, flavonoids, and even other cannabinoids remains a bit of a mystery. We know that THC works in congruence with others to give users what is known as the “entourage effect,” however, whether or not Delta-8 THC can has yet to be determined.
What Do We Know About Delta-8 THC?
While it is not a new compound per se, Delta-8 THC is a new compound to many consumers, leading most people to ask what we know about this novel yet fantastic product. Surprisingly, researchers have been studying it for years, and we know quite a lot. As mentioned above, it binds to CB1 receptors, but it connects to our CB2 receptors as well. Researchers have used it in a variety of studies with varying degrees of success, and it has helped them learn more about everything from pain to anxiety to childhood cancers and more.
Still, researchers continue to learn more about the compound every year and are making significant progress. Today, it is mostly available on the consumer market as a concentrate, since Delta-8 THC is found in such low quantities in the cannabis plant. In fact, it takes a lot of work to refine and extract enough of the compound to make it available for mass consumption.
But the research in this compound as a potential medical product has been extremely promising. To date, the studies performed have only been done on animals. However, researchers are hopeful that the results, all of which were positive, can translate to human trials. So far, researchers have also found minimal side effects in humans who have taken this compound.
How Is Delta-8 THC Legal?
This, of course, is the ultimate question. After all, how can a product that gives users a powerful, albeit mild high be legal for sale? The truth is that Delta-8 THC falls into a bit of a grey area, one that may or may not come under scrutiny by lawmakers at some point, but for now, it seems not to be an issue. Allow us to explain.
Delta-8 THC can be extracted from both cannabis and hemp plants, making it an extremely versatile and useful compound. Legally-speaking, it also makes it a confusing one that walks the line of specific laws. For example, Delta-8 THC extracted from a cannabis plant would be considered illegal, as cannabis is illegal in the United States. However, thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, Delta-8 THC extracted from hemp is lawful because the hemp plant is legal.
The thing is, Delta-8 THC, is Delta-8 THC. In other words, it makes no difference whether or not it was extracted from cannabis or hemp, as it has the same chemical structure. Moreover, in any state that has legalized cannabis, either for recreational or medical purposes, Delta-8 THC is legal no matter from which plant it is extracted.
Now, there is always a chance that legislators and the federal government could decide to change the rules, which is why, if you’re looking to try Delta-8 THC, now is the time. And with products like our brand-new Chill Plus Delta Force Squares, which combine CBD isolate with Delta-8 THC, there’s never been a better time to go for it. After all, new cannabis compounds don’t come around too often.
So give Delta-8 THC a try, because you don’t know what you’re missing.