Delta 8 THC is one of the four most common components of cannabis, useful for its psychoactive effects similarly associated with other forms of THC. While Delta 8 THC – often referred to as d8 – is still gaining popularity and mainstream awareness, it has been the unsung hero of many smoke, vape, and edibles sessions for cannabis consumers over the years. Here’s why:
So, what is Delta 8 THC?
For those who are curious about Delta 8, it’s important to know that cannabis is an incredibly complex plant containing hundreds of organic chemical compounds (cannabinoids), many of which have yet to be studied thoroughly, in large part, because of federal prohibition’s restrictions on scientific research. Delta 8 THC, technically known as Delta 8 Tetrahydrocannabinol has been identified as a common cannabinoid in marijuana and hemp and it holds psychoactive properties, offering a sensation consumers might call a “buzz” or a “head high.”
What’s the relationship between Delta 8 THC and other cannabinoids?
Many people have heard of the cannabinoids THC and CBD, the most common form of THC is the Delta 9 variant. Delta 9 THC has reported effects such as stimulating appetite and reducing pain and anxiety. Delta 8 THC has similarly reported effects, albeit less intense — you might even consider Delta 8 to be the easy-going, little brother to Delta 9 THC.
How does Delta 8 THC work with your body?
Different parts of the cannabis plant may affect people in different ways, stemming from a few factors like your tolerance and body weight. There’s also your endocannabinoid system, the cannabinoid receptors all human beings have in their gut, brain, and immune system that mesh with the chemicals you consume, whether that’s sugar, oxygen, or d8. So there’s potential for differing combinations of cannabinoids to give you unique experiences on your mind and body, meanwhile that same combination – even in the same dosage – of cannabinoids may affect someone else in a different way.
With so many compounds present in cannabis – which give products like concentrates, gummies, and flower their flavor, smell, and effects – the old adage plays that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The entourage effect is the principle that the THC molecule works better when taken in combination with other cannabinoids suggesting that Delta 8 THC could produce enhanced effects when consumed along with CBD and Delta 9 THC. More research is necessary, however, to gain information into the entourage effect of Delta 8 THC, and how its presence may impact the effects of other cannabinoids.