Delta 8 is a naturally occurring chemical compound called a cannabinoid that is found in small traces of hemp and cannabis plants. Delta 8 is often called, "diet weed" or "weed lite" since common THC side effects like paranoia, anxiety and drowsiness are less potent.
Not only is delta 8 THC a potent relaxant that can relieve stress, but it can also improve your focus and sleep patterns, ease pain, reduce anxiety, boost appetite, and relieve nausea and vomiting.
According to the National Cancer Institute, delta-8 THC can bind to the CB1 receptor throughout the body. These receptors are part of our endocannabinoid system, which helps our body regulate and maintain homeostasis. "Homeostasis" is just fancy lingo for complete balance throughout the body.
Delta 8 exhibits a lower psychotropic potency than delta-9 THC, so it doesn't bind to the receptor as well. This helps it demonstrate a variety of properties that present as powerful benefits, so let's take a look at the biggest ones below.
Some research also suggests that delta-8 THC could help people produce Acetylcholine, which is a neurotransmitter. This neurotransmitter is responsible for memory, cognition, neuroplasticity, and even arousal. That's a lot of benefits of delta 8 THC, and it appears to have close to or zero negative side effects.
In 2004, researchers analyzed delta-8's effect on appetite control. They concluded with the trial, noting that even low doses of delta-8 stimulated an increase in food intake.
We know based on the 1995 study that delta-8 appears to have no negative side effects while eliminating nausea. The children undergoing chemotherapy for their cancer saw a 100% success rate in reducing their nausea over 480 treatments in total.
Everyone experiences pain differently, and at different degrees, but researchers have observed delta-8's ability to help relieve some of that pain. Having analgesic properties means it can relieve pain to some degree.
Particularly, those with neuropathic and inflammatory pain may benefit the most, but those with other types of pain may benefit, too.
As we mentioned earlier, delta 8 binds to the CB1 receptors throughout the body. In fact, some researchers have observed it connecting to the CB2 receptors, too. Its ability to bind is what helps the cannabinoid convince the body to better regulate pain and anxiety.
The anxiolytic properties it produces helps to relieve symptoms of anxiety and allow a wave of relaxation to wash over you.
- Offset Anxiety and Depression
- Treat Select Epilepsy Syndromes
- Reduce PTSD Symptoms
- Treat Opioid Addiction
- Alleviate ALS Symptoms
- Relieve Unmanageable Pain
- Ease Diabetic Complications
- Protect Against Neurological Disease
For intense pain such as migraines the most effective pain relief is found with a CBD/THC combination. Unfortunately, todays drug screenings have not evolved to the point where it can distinguish between legal hemp derived delta 8 THC and the delta 9 THC. BE SURE TO KEEP THIS IN MIND IF YOU NEED TO PASS A DRUG TEST.