Whenever we come across a new compound or product, our first questions are related to its safety and efficacy. When the compound in question is a cannabinoid like Delta 8, the aspect of legality also comes in. Given the hype surrounding this cannabis derivative, we are assuming that you would have at least heard of it once. And even if you haven’t, you need not worry. We will discuss the compound in detail here- its properties, uses, side effects, the legal side, and efficacy will be our main focus.
Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol or Delta 8
It is one of the hundreds of cannabinoids derived from cannabis plants. Delta 8 is a close relative of the traditional THC aka Delta 9 THC. It is an isomer of Delta 9, that is, they have the same molecular formula but different molecular structure. The difference is in the placement of the double bond between 2 carbon atoms in both these compounds. In Delta 8, the double bond is on the 8th carbon, whereas in Delta 9, the bond exists on the 9th carbon atom.
Chemically, Delta 8 is quite similar to THC but milder. So, it will give the consumer a clean, smooth, and pleasant euphoric feeling. But mind you, the high one gets after consuming, let’s say 1 ml of Delta 8 tincture 5000 mg, will be considerably lesser than one gets after consuming an equivalent amount of Delta 9 THC. The difference in potency and intensity of the 2 THCs is about 50%, Delta 9 being the stronger one. This milder, more muted, and smoother nature of Delta 8 makes it popular among many for curing insomnia and anxiety. Additionally, its heightened stability as a drug makes it good potential medicine.
Properties of Delta 8
As we noted above, it has psychoactive properties that make it good for both recreational and potential medical uses. The compound is also known to have a strong antiemetic (anti-nausea) effect that can be beneficial to cancer patients undergoing drug therapy. It is effective in improving your appetite. Delta 8 consumers claim that it reduces their anxiety and also relieves pain. But there is a lack of sufficient controlled studies to show these latter effects.
Though it comes in various forms like vapes and chocolates, gummies and tinctures tend to be the most popular ones. You can decide the starting dose based on whether or not you’ve consumed THC before. If you’re a beginner, it is better to start low. Delta 8 gummies 1000 mg would be an excellent choice. take one gummy per day for a few days and notice the effects. For people who’re already used to taking delta 9 THC, higher doses of Delta 8 will be needed as their tolerance will be higher.Delta 8 Distillate is one such product that will suit experienced users’ needs, they have a higher concentration of the cannabinoid and are extremely versatile- vape it, dab it, or simply mix it with your food. How long the effect lasts will depend on factors like the dosage and potency of the product, your weight and body metabolism, and your tolerance level. Usually, the effects last for somewhere between three and eight hours.
Is Delta 8 safe?
Being mild and smooth, it is a relatively safer compound as compared to the traditional THC. However, one must take caution in administering the correct dose of Delta 8 because an overdose may cause the following side effects-
- Dry mouth
- Dryness in eyes
- Sleepiness or drowsiness (unsafe to take before driving)
- Abnormal heart rate
- Low blood pressure
You should not consume Delta 8 products with alcohol or coffee as they may disrupt their working and cause side effects. The entire list of precautions and potential side effects cannot be produced here because of the limited clinical research. However, it is always wise to take them in the required dosage and start with a lower dose if you are new. Delta 8 chocolate bar is a tasty option to consume Delta 8 but there are high chances of you overindulging in them. So, be extra careful when taking edibles. Lastly, make sure you buy Delta 8 products from trusted sites/shops to ensure good quality content.
Delta 8: legal or illegal?
The Farm Bill, 2018 caused an increase in the sale of CBD and Delta 8 products because it exempted the hemp-derived products having less than 0.3% THC from the regulatory control of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). So, Delta 8 must be legal? Well, there’s a catch- the Bill doesn’t speak directly on this cannabinoid, leaving a loophole. This is because Delta 8 can be synthetically made from both THC and CBD which, according to the interim final rule of DEA is supposed to be illegal. Why? Because the rule declares all synthetically made THC to be illegal. But Delta 8 is in a gray area because originally, it is a natural hemp-derived product, even though manufacturers can make it in their labs. We hope to see greater clarity in the legality of Delta 8 products in the future but till then, one has to rely on their state’s laws. A total of 11 states in the US have put a total ban on Delta 8 products- Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, Rhode Island, and Utah.
Though federally, Delta 8 remains a legal drug, your state laws will determine whether or not you can legally consume this drug or not. Moreover, it is detectable in the most common drug tests because its metabolites are the same as that of delta 9 THC. So, if you are scheduled for a drug test in the future, we suggest you stop taking Delta 8 products at least 7-10 days before the test.
Based on our research-based knowledge of Delta 8 so far, we cannot claim that it has all the medical benefits its users say it has. However, it does have psychoactive properties and gives you a calmer, smoother, milder, and uplifting high than Delta 9 does. The drug lies in a gray area when it comes to legality. Though federally it is legal, your state can have a particular law for it, so check before you purchase Delta 8 products. In the end, if you want to know if it’s worth the hype, you should consume it yourself. Anecdotal evidence is in its favor but only you can say whether it works for you or not.
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