As part of the cool kids of the hemp industry, we understand the pressure to live up to that expectation. While Delta 9 THC may be the ultimate badge of street cred, what good does it do you if it makes you paranoid? Maybe you should try Delta 8 THC!
Difference between Delta 9 THC and Delta 8 THC
As the THC in its name suggests, Delta 8 is a Tetrahydrocannabinol, more precisely delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol. This often leads to confusion and might make it sound like Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC, are the same. Contrary to this assumption, delta 8 is not derived from delta 9.
Delta 8 and delta 9 are two isomers of the same plant but are actually different at the molecular level. This means they have similar formulas but have different properties. This similarity to delta 9 is what has made delta 8 so popular.
There are also differences in effects.
The effects of delta 8 are described as follows:
- Clear-headed high
- Better focus and concentration
- Feelings of relaxation, comfort, and calmness
- Improved appetite
Delta 8 can create a psychoactive effect similar to delta 9 but is less potent. Users have reported that the high provided by delta 8 is milder but also comes with fewer negative side effects.
For now, user experience is the only data available for reference on delta 8 effects and benefits.
Delta 9 THC can make you paranoid
This might be a controversial statement on a college campus, but some people experience negative effects from smoking traditional marijuana.
The first obvious side effects people encounter while consuming delta 9 are related to the form of consumption.
No matter how you cut it, inhaling anything other than air is harmful to the lungs and comes with risks of breathing problems or worse.
We get it, we have to die of something right? This risk might not be this scary to you. But as it turns out delta 9 also comes with physical and mental effects that can be faster to manifest.
From hallucination to paranoia, increased heart rate, and intense nausea, and for some worsening symptoms of schizophrenia, a bad boy status may not be worth it.
For some, the risks outweigh the possible positive side effects, this is why a lot of people are turning to delta 8 THC.
Why Delta 8 might help?
Delta 8 users’ experience resulted in less paranoia and “couch-lock” than they had experienced with delta 9.
Delta-8-THC bonds less successfully with the brain’s many CB1 receptors but form a stronger one with CB2 receptors than Delta-9-THC. This explains that the high experienced is much more subtle and with fewer side effects.
THC and CBD interact with the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors. The CB1 receptors mainly reside in the brain and the CB2 receptors can be found in the digestive and immune systems. Cannabinoids interact with receptors by forming a bond with them. Interactions with receptors send a signal that triggers a certain reaction from a cell or tissue. According to the receptor that cannabinoids interact with a range of effects that can be experienced by the user.
If we stick to the logic that CB1 receptors mostly regulate cognitive and physiological processes, the fact that Delta 9 THC forms a stronger bond with CB1 receptors than with CB2 receptors could explain the paranoid feeling some users experience. These effects include the head high, body high, and hunger.
If your brain and body were a big electric circuit with different lights, cannabinoids would be the power sources. Depending on what plug is getting power, this or that light would turn on. That is if reading this hasn’t turned off all of them already.
As with any cannabis-derived product, you should always follow what is best for you and what feels right to you. Nobody cares what Kevin from Facebook thinks about your health. You (and your health providers) are the best to judge.
Everybody gets Delta 8!
Another perk of D8 is its legal status. Indeed, since most delta 8 is extracted from hemp, it is viewed as legal by the 2018 Farm Bill.
That being said, states have the right to outlaw some products as they wish. Therefore, the legality of delta 8 relies heavily on how states’ legislature chooses to handle it.
Delta 8 is legal in 34 states.
In the following 18 states, delta 8 is subject to restrictions or is banned from sale and consumption:
- New York
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
Note: Delta 8 is under review in Alabama, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Oregon.
Always check your local legislation before buying a hemp-based product.
Try some Delta 8 on dd8shop.com and let us know what you think!