The Benefits of Delta 8 THC Vapes and Edibles
Since the sale of Delta-9 THC is illegal to obtain throughout the U.S., the demand for legal THC extracted from hemp called Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol is booming. Just like CBD, Delta-8 THC can legally be formulated into a vape, oil, edible, and more. The beneficial cannabinoid Delta-8 THC can possibly help relieve the symptoms of pain severity, nausea, anxiety, and more. Although with a Delta-8 THC edible, the cannabinoid digests into 11 Hydroxy THC, which can possibly provide long-lasting relief for inflammation, stress relief, and a potentially longer high.
What is Delta-8 THC?
With the Farm Bill Act, all 100 plus cannabinoids in hemp with the exclusion of Delta-9 THC is legal to consume. Delta-8 THC interacts with our body’s endocannabinoid system to help promote homeostasis and wellbeing. The cannabinoid binds easily to the CB1 receptor located in the brain to help with possible inflammation, anxiety, and focus benefits. Since Delta-8 interacts prominently with the receptors in your brain, it also can also promote psychoactive effects that can get you “high.”
Although in an edible form, Delta-8 THC can metabolize into a natural chemical called 11 Hydroxy tetrahydrocannabinol. Since 11 Hydroxy THC can only be absorbed through the liver, the molecule’s possible psychoactive effects can last up to 6 to 8 hours during digestion. With Delta-8 THC edibles, consumers can possibly achieve long-lasting benefits for pain severity benefits, sleep deprivation, and much more.
What is the Difference Between Delta-8 THC and 11 Hydroxy THC?
Unlike Delta-8 THC, 11 Hydroxy THC isn’t found in cannabis, but it is only found within the human stomach when eaten. When digested through the liver, Delta-8 THC metabolizes into molecules called metabolites which could cause an increase in the possible psychoactive effects. As the liver processes these Hydroxy THC metabolites, these edible molecules could potentially be 10 times more powerful than Delta-8 THC.
In a THC Pharmacology study, a research team asked nine individuals who casually smoked marijuana to give their feedback on the effects of 11 Hydroxy THC edibles. After their initial administration of Hydroxy THC, the patients were asked to rate from 1 to 10 how high they felt after a few hours. All nine of the individuals rated each with a number higher than 8, commenting that their high was more potent than smoking Delta-8 THC. When analyzing their blood stream, the researchers were able to identify that 50% to 75% of the Hydroxy THC molecule was still circulating in their bodies after six hours of their original dosage.
How do Delta-8 THC Edibles Compare to Vapes?
While Delta-8 THC edibles might be longer-lasting compared to a vape product, an edible can possibly take up to 60 to 120 minutes for a consumer to feel its medicinal effects. Although vaping Delta-8 THC might take only 10 to 15 minutes for consumers to feel its effects, vaping could also possibly last for up to 2 to 3 hours before taking another dose. Some cannabis consumers might prefer a longer-lasting edible option for possibly relieving the symptoms of anxiety, depression, pain severity, and sleep deprivation. Although for consumers who use their Delta-8 TCH vape for as needed purposes, they might prefer to use their THC vape for anxiety, inflammation, focus, and more.
Although with Delta-8 THC, some consumers have experienced a sedative-like feeling when ingesting these long-lasting edibles. For example, some individuals might feel more relaxed, hungry, and lethargic throughout the day if taken early in the morning. This is why Delta-8 THC edibles could be a good option for individuals who suffer from insomnia and other sleep disorders.
What are the Additional Benefits of Delta-8 THC?
One of the first studies on Delta-8 THC was conducted by government researchers in 1974 to study the cannabinoid’s effects on the immune system. With a study on lab mice with L1210 murine Leukemia, the researchers saw a significant improvement in cancerous tumors with a daily dose of 100mg Delta-8 THC and 50 mg of CBN. For over 28 days, these lab mice were also given CBD to compare the results with their Delta-8 THC testing, noticing that CBD didn’t reduce the size of the tumor, but did ease the possible symptoms of pain stimuli and stress.
In a 1995 study conducted by the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, a team of researchers discovered an improvement with adults and children with hematologic cancer by using Delta-8 THC oil. The lead researcher in the team, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam reported over 480 successful treatments of Delta-8 THC. These successful treatments included both adults and children who volunteered for the study to experience a possible reduction of nausea, pain severity, and tumor growth. In Mechoulam’s studies, he also discovered that children were possibly immune to the psychoactive effects of Delta-8 THC, while the adults experienced a minimal psychoactive “high.”
In a 2004 study published by the Pharmacology Biochemistry Behavior Journal, a team of scientists discovered Delta-8 THC’s effects on food consumption and possible anxiety relief. By studying a small group of lab mice, the research team showed a 16% to 20% increase of food intake with a 2.5mg dosage of Delta-8 THC a day. In a longer 50-day trial, the mice also experienced an increase of cognition and serotonin, a natural chemical known to help decrease the levels of stress and anxiety in the brain.
For consumers who want to try a legal form of THC, edibles can be a viable option for lasting relief in pain severity, sleep deprivation, anxiety, stress, etc. Although Delta-8 THC edibles and vapes can result in a positive drug test, they can both provide legal medicinal and psychoactive THC benefits. Go Green Botanicals recommends to consult your doctor before trying Delta-8 THC and other cannabis products. Whether in an edible or vape formulation, both of these cannabis options can be beneficial for patients suffering from the possible side effects of cancer treatments like nausea, pain severity, anxiety, and more with Delta-8 THC. Shop Go Green’s Delta-8 THC products today!