Delta-9-THC, the psychoactive compound found in cannabis plants, can potentially be used as a medication. It can relieve severe nausea and increase appetite, which is especially beneficial for persons with HIV or who are undergoing chemotherapy. Since the 1980s, a synthetic form of THC known as Dronabinol has been used to treat these problems, while some people prefer to get their THC from the plant itself.
However, though marijuana is a very benign narcotic with minimal adverse effects compared to alcohol or cigarettes, too much Delta-9-THC might have negative consequences. It can cause paranoia and anxiety, as well as nausea and headaches. It’s also worth mentioning that a lot of the cannabis sold legally in the United States has a high THC content.
That’s why many cannabis users are switching to Delta-8-THC flower, an uncommon counterpart of Delta-9-THC. The variation between Delta-8 and Delta-9 is minor: both make you high, but the first one is roughly half as strong as the latter. Many individuals report that the D8 flower provides a smoother, less anxiety-inducing psychedelic experience than Delta-9. It also appears to offer extra medical properties, such as improved pain reduction, than conventional THC, though these claims have yet to be proven in scientific research.
Delta-8 flower is swiftly becoming a popular new hem flower product, according to anecdotal accounts, and may be found in vape cartridges, soft drinks, sweets, and tinctures. The growth in popularity is similar to the CBD (cannabidiol) mania that preceded it, and, like CBD, there is still a lack of control in the quality of product and proof to back up anecdotal testimonies. Many of the same favorable claims are made with Delta-8 products, despite the fact that experts have yet to conduct a thorough investigation into their effects.
A Minor Shift
Cannabinoids are a class of chemicals found in cannabis plants that are produced in large quantities. Delta-9-THC and CBD are the two most popular and plentiful cannabinoids. However, the plant also produces a number of additional cannabinoids known as minor cannabinoids, including, CBN, CBG, THCV, and, of course, Delta-8-THC. Because most cannabis plants generate relatively little amounts of Delta-8 flower, it requires a lot of processing and refining to acquire a usable quantity. Delta-8, on the other hand, is more shelf-stable than Delta-9, making it a better choice for prescription medications.
The most significant distinction between Delta-8 and Delta-9 is the position of a particular link between two of the atoms that produce each THC molecule. According to Christian Peterson, co-founder and COO of Wunder, a cannabis beverage business located in San Francisco, “Delta-8 has the double bond on the 8th carbon in the chain, while Delta-9 has the double bond on the 9th carbon in the chain,”
Regulations and Rules
Delta-8’s legal status is confusing and unclear. Delta-9 is, without a doubt, a very prohibited substance: Regular THC is classified as a Schedule I drug under US federal law, which implies it is as deadly as heroin and LSD. This 1970 rule makes cannabinoid research expensive and difficult, which is one of the reasons we know so little about the Delta-8 flower.
The list of restricted drugs maintained by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has been updated. The source of the D-8 flower is a major source of misunderstanding. It’s absolutely unlawful if it’s made from Cannabis sativa. The 2018 Farm Bill makes it lawful if it originates from hemp flower, a kind of the same plant grown with non-intoxicating amounts of THC. Or so many cannabis businesses assumed.
Meanwhile, it’s unclear what Delta-8’s future holds. Experts believe that consumers are ready to try new, obscure cannabinoids, but whether they can legally acquire them outside of countries where commercial cannabis is legal, or whether scientists can readily research them, is still up in the air.