Cannabis plants like marijuana that are full of Delta 9 THC is illegal to consume in most states.  Yet it’s sister plant, Hemp contains non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD, CBG, and much more that is legal to consume and obtain in the United States due to the 2018 Farm Bill Act. Although since the 2018 bill legalizes the 100 plus cannabinoids in Hemp, more consumers are seeing that there are no restrictions for another powerful cannabinoid that contains the same possible pain relieving, neuroprotective, anxiety reliving properties THC offers called Delta-8- Tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as Delta 8 THC.   

What is Delta 8 THC?

Just like CBD, Delta 8 THC from hemp interacts with our body’s endocannabinoid system that helps promote homeostasis and overall wellbeing. Delta 8 THC binds easily with the CB1 receptor located throughout the brain, helping cellular health in the nervous system for possible pain relief, anxiety, and focus benefits. Since Delta 8 THC interacts heavily with our nervous system endocannabinoids, it can also carry psychotropic effects or possibly get you high.   

What is the Difference between Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC?

The difference between Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC relies on the chemical composition of the beneficial cannabinoids. Both cannabinoids are labeled under the abbreviation of “Delta THC” due to their double-ended bonds on specific carbon atoms found in the cannabinoids organic sequence. The Delta THC cannabinoids will have their doubled bonds in different locations within the atoms, for example being in the “8th and 9th” position within the chain. 

With these double-bonded atoms in Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC, they are able to bring more electrons and/or activity to the endocannabinoid system compared to other cannabinoids with a single carbon bond. Although these cannabinoids seem very similar to one another, where these specific double bonds are located within the sequence create very different medicinal and recreational benefits. For example, Delta 8 THC has the ability to get an individual high, but the potency of its psychoactive effects is much lower than Delta 9 THC. In a 2016 Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics study, researchers have determined that Delta 8 THC has possibly 50% to 75% less potent psychotropic effects than Delta 9 THC.  

What are the Benefits of Delta 8 THC?

According to the US National Cancer Institute, Delta 8 THC could help relieve nausea, anxiety, pain, and much more. Delta 8 THC is possibly recommended for patients receiving chemotherapy treatment for cancer to help with appetite stimulation and nausea with little to no psychoactive effects. 

In a 1995 published study, researchers gave 18mg of Delta 8 THC oil to children from age 3 to 13 years old and adults with various forms of hematologic cancers. For over 120 days with Delta 8 THC oil, the children’s levels of nausea and pain decreased substantially with no reports of psychoactive effects. With the same dosage, adults in the study also experienced a reduction in nausea and an increase in appetite stimulation. While the adults in the biomedical cannabinoid study dealt with a minimal amount of psychoactive effects, the young children seemed to be immune to the side effects of Delta 8 THC.    

Delta 8 THC has also shown promise as a possible neuroprotective to help with focus and memory. In a Biotechnology study on how THC affects the mind, a group of researchers noticed an increase of acetylcholine in the brain with Delta 8 THC on lab mice. Acetylcholine is known as a neurotransmitter for helping both animals and humans with learning and cognitive memory. Since patients with Alzheimer’s disease contain lower levels of acetylcholine in their brain, researchers are looking into Delta 8 THC to create new possible treatments to prevent and even reverse memory loss from Alzheimer’s disease.  

What is the Difference between Delta 8 Edibles and other THC Products?

When THC is eaten in an edible form, Delta 8 THC takes a different metabolic pathway in the stomach compared to other cannabinoids. The Delta 8 molecules can metabolize into 11 Hydroxy THC once it digests into the liver, creating a longer-lasting high or buzz. Since metabolization of THC edibles can range from 6 to 8 hours, the psychoactive effects can last for a long period of time compared to using a Delta 8 THC vape or oil.  

Unlike CBD, the cannabinoid loses its potency when digested through the liver, possibly making consumers increase their dosage of CBD to achieve their desired relief. Although with Delta 8 THC edibles, consumers might experience longer-lasting benefits for helping with nausea, pain severity, and much more with less milligrams. THC Edibles might be longer-lasting when metabolized into 11 Hydroxy THC molecules, but Delta 8 THC circulates faster throughout the body when inhaled through a vape.  

Why is Delta 8 THC Legal to Consume?

In an interview with the leading Delta 8 THC company 3Chi, they discussed how their Delta 8 THC products are legal to consume due to the legalization of Hemp. The company commented that since the 2018 Farm Bill Act legalized all 100 plus cannabinoids of Hemp, that all forms of THC cannabinoids are legal to obtain except Delta 9 THC. They discussed that since the Farm Bill act, 3Chi began to create legal THC products from pure extracted Delta 8 THC only from hemp. 

While other competitors create their Delta 8 THC products with fillers, 3Chi creates products with the highest purity at 99.5% Delta 8 THC. 3Chi comments that the other .5% of their Delta 8 formulation will have CBG and CBN, while competitors will have products that only contain 60% to 80% of Delta 8 THC. With their purist formulation of Delta 8 THC products, 3Chi is the first company to have federally legal THC products in the United States with no trace of Delta 9 THC. 

3Chi’s product line includes their Delta 8 THC vape and Comfortably Numb vape with a mixture of Delta 8, CBN, CBD, and more. The company comments that their Comfortably Numb vape is formulated to possibly help with anxiety and sleep deprivation. Each vape will contain up to 900 to 950mg of Delta 8 THC, which could result in a positive drug test for THC.

With their two Delta 8 THC vapes, 3Chi comments that consumers can possibly feel a clear head buzz or high with their products without the side effects of fogginess or paranoia. For newbies to Delta 8 THC vapes, they recommend to take it slow by not exceeding 3 seconds per puff when inhaling. 

Since Delta 8 THC is no longer classified as a controlled substance, consumers who are wanting to find another natural alternative option for pain severity, anxiety, and more can be able to try a legal form of THC. Go Green Botanicals recommends to consult your doctor before trying Delta 8 THC and other cannabis-derived products. Go Green Botanicals and 3Chi are proud to partner together to provide the best experience and wellbeing to our customers; you can find these new Delta 8 THC products by clicking here. With Delta 8 THC, patients who suffer from the side effects of nausea, pain severity, and low appetite due to cancer can possibly be able to enjoy a better quality of life and health.