Delta-8-Tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta-8-THC) is a minor cannabinoidfound in small quantities in the cannabis plant. Delta-8-THC is a cannabinoid similar to Delta-9-THC but is generally considered less potent. Many Delta-8-THC users report that the cannabinoid gives them a floating, weightless feeling identical to other cannabis products but with less brain fog.
DELTA 8(Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol)
One of the reasons for the rise in popularity of Delta-8-THC is that it is not nearly as psychoactive as Delta-9-THC, the cannabinoid that notoriously “gets you high.” The National Cancer Institute concurs that Delta-8-THC will leave medical cannabis patients with a softer psychoactive footprint, concluding: “This agent exhibits a lower psychotropic potency than Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta-9-THC), the primary form of THC found in cannabis.”
These properties make Delta-8 THC potentially very useful for children susceptible to Delta-9 THC and those seeking something more tolerable for chronic pain relief during the daytime. However, these potential therapeutic effects apply more to naturally-occurring delta-8-THC, not the synthesized version made by transforming CBD.
Health Benefits and Uses
Delta-8-THC offers many of the same potential therapeutic benefits as Delta-9-THC if we look at the non-synthesized version.
THC performs double duties by reducing pain and related inflammation. Different forms of the cannabinoid may even help difficult-to-treat and severe pain associated with chronic conditions like multiple sclerosis (MS) and cancer treatments like chemotherapy.
Delta-8-THC may stimulate appetite while simultaneously reducing nausea and vomiting in some people. However, more evidence exists on the ability of Delta-9-THC to help with digestive disorders.
Soothing minor anxiety is one of the main reasons people turn to Delta-8-THC. The cannabinoid provides a natural alternative to prescription anxiety medications, but you should consult your medical professional first.