Delta 8 Information
Introduction to Delta 8
Hemp is a flower that has been around growing naturally for thousands of years, and is deeply rooted in human culture throughout the decades. There are tons of chemical constituents- some of which are more commonly known as cannabinoids. These particular chemicals react with receptors throughout each and one of our bodies, allowing for an entire spectrum of mental and physical effects. Some of the more popular cannabinoids are CBD which has become incredibly popular in the western consumer market. Delta 9 THC, being one of the most prevalent cannabinoids in hemp, is very similar to Delta 8 but with several differences.
What is Delta 8?
Research provided by the “National Cancer institute” states that Delta 8 can be defined as: “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.” (National Cancer Institute).
Delta 8 is chemically different from Delta 9 by a few atomic bonds and still offers potent effects of its own. While most typically Delta 8 only exists naturally in very low amounts, manufactures are finding value in cultivating more of this compounds for its own unique effects and applications.
What are its effects?
Depending on the blend or terpene profiling Delta 8 could potentially offer very different effects. Any claims stated on Delta 8 have not been supported by the FDA or local DOA. Many users do state a semi-sedative physical sensation without extensive mental stimulation. The common effect is the pervasive effects associated with Delta 9, with many users saying it is much more of clear stimulating effect you may find in a Sativa variant of cannabis. Users from online accounts also state that it can provide supplemental appetite stimulation to the user.
The Science of Delta 8
Delta 8 binds to the CB1 receptors much like its Delta 9 counterpart, but its likeliness to bind with the receptor is different due to its altered atomic structure. The CB1 receptor is responsible for controlling a lot of the psychotropic effects of hemp.
The differences in the binding with the CB1 receptor is partially responsible for the known effects that differ with Delta 9 such as a clearer overall feeling.
Is Delta 8 Legal?
The current wording in regulation with the 2018 US farm Bill states that delta-8 THC is federally legal ONLY when it is derived from hemp. With the substance being new it is important to keep up to date with current local regulations on this cannabinoid to ensure that you able to carry such a substance. It is important when purchasing Delta 8 that the compound is third party tested to ensure it is free of toxins, potent, and contains 0.3% or less Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol.
How is Delta 8 Produced?
Delta 8 is produced naturally in the hemp plant, but in very small amounts. For this reason, it cannot be directly extracted at prices that general users could afford in comparison to close alternatives. The structure of cannabinoids can be changed from one to another fairly simply via chemical reactions. The term commonly used for converted cannabinoids is “Synthetic” but that is simply not an adequate name to describe it. The appropriate term would be “conversions” or “derivatives”. These compounds not only occur naturally, but this process happens quite commonly within the hemp plant during growth or when exposed to heat.