What is Delta 8 THC?
What is Delta 8 THC?
Delta 8 THC, also referred to as D8, Delta 8, Δ8 THC, and Delta 8 Tetrahydrocannabinol, is an isomer of cannabidiol or “CBD”. It is another type of cannabinoid found in the hemp plant like CBD, CBG, CBC, CBDv, and so on. Despite its name, it does not have the same kind of intoxicating effects as Delta 9 THC. While it can alter and elevate your mood, it is far less intoxicating and much more functional than Delta 9 THC. It can give a moderate “buzz” but without the same levels of intoxication, anxieties, or paranoias typically associated with Delta 9 THC.
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Why Use Delta 8 THC?
There are no long term studies, and very few studies at all on Δ8 THC, so much of what we know about D8 comes from anecdotal evidence, which should not be considered conclusive, and you should realize that your experience may vary. That said, many people report Delta 8 THC to be uplifting and helping them to feel calm, happy, and energetic, especially in social settings. Delta-8-THC is chemically different from delta-9-THC by only a few atomic bonds and still offers a potent high of its own. While delta-8-THC only exists naturally in fractions of a percent, companies are finding value in concentrating esoteric cannabinoids for their unique effects and applications
- Powerful Antiemetic – Nausea is a common symptom of multiple disorders and a side effect of many different treatments, including chemotherapy. Dr. Raphael Mechoulam used ∆-8-THC in clinical trials in children with cancer at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1995. In all cases, the children saw a marked improvement in nausea and vomiting. Interestingly, they also did not experience psychotropic effects expected from THC.
- Potent Anxiolytic – ∆-8-THC is said to produce the effects of THC without the paranoia or anxiety-inducing effects, which are commonly reported with ∆-9-THC. The psychoactive effects of ∆-8-THC are reported to be uplifting and alert, yet calm and relaxing. Many consumers report a robust and body-relaxing effect from this cannabinoid isolate.
- Appetite-Increasing – Multiple treatments for cancer and other ailments frequently cause a loss of appetite and chronic wasting. ∆-8-THC has been shown to increase appetite in consumers to help patients get the nutrition they need. A study on mice in 2004 supports these results.
- Pain Relieving – ∆-8-THC is thought to have the same pain-relieving abilities as its more potent cousin, ∆-9-THC without the same potent cerebral effects.
- Anti-Cancer – Animal studies from 2006 suggest that delta-8-THC, delta-9-THC, and even cannabinol were found to inhibit the growth of lung cancer cells.
IS DELTA 8 THC LEGAL FEDERALLY?
The 2018 Farm Bill §297A specifically made all derivatives, isomers, and cannabinoids in hemp legal, provided the final product has less than 0.3% Delta 9 THC, it also includes an amendment to the Controlled Substances Act, explicitly removing all tetrahydrocannabinols found in hemp. Delta 8 THC is an isomer of CBD, a derivative of hemp and CBD, a cannabinoid found in hemp, and is ultimately contained in our extracts with less than 0.3% Delta 9 THC.
While we try to stay as up to date as possible on all state and federal laws, the laws, especially at the state level, are constantly changing. You should do your own due diligence and work with a legal professional to ensure you are operating legally in your state or territory at all times.
AGRICULTURE IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2018 – SUBTITLE G—HEMP PRODUCTION.
SEC. 297A. DEFINITIONS.
(1) HEMP.—The term ‘hemp’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.
SEC. 12619. CONFORMING CHANGES TO CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT.
(a) IN GENERAL.—Section 102(16) of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802(16)) is amended—
(1) by striking ‘‘(16) The’’ and inserting ‘‘(16)(A) Subject to subparagraph (B), the’’; and
(2) by striking ‘‘Such term does not include the’’ and inserting the following:
‘‘(B) The term ‘marihuana’ does not include—
‘‘(i) hemp, as defined in section 297A of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946; or
‘‘(ii) the’’. (b) TETRAHYDROCANNABINOL.—Schedule I, as set forth in section 202(c) of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812(c)), is amended in subsection
(c)(17) by inserting after ‘‘Tetrahydrocannabinols’’ the following: ‘‘, except for tetrahydrocannabinols in hemp (as defined under section 297A of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946)’’.