What Is Delta 8 THC And What Are The Benefits?

The newest ‘Cannabinoid Star’ in the hemp and CBD products industry is Delta 8 THC. The “psychotropic cannabinoid’, Delta 9 THC, has had all of the THC consumer’s attention, until it got up-staged recently, with the appearance of Delta 8 THC in the Hemp CBD marketplace. So, what is Delta 8 THC, why is it legal, and what are the benefits? Let’s break it down, as simply as possible, so that you can decide if Delta 8 THC products are right for you!  

What Is Delta 8 THC?

Delta 8 THC is a naturally occurring cannabinoid, found in small concentrations, in the hemp plant. Delta 8 THC is actually a converted or degraded form of Delta 9 THC in the aging hemp plant. Delta 8 THC, therefore, is a less potent form of Delta 9 THC, meaning that it shares psychoactive capabilities, however, at a much lesser degree.

Because Delta 8 THC is derived from the hemp plant, it falls within the framework of the 2018 Farm Bill designating hemp based products federally legal.

What Are The Effects Of Delta 8 THC?

The effects of Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC are very close. However, since Delta 8 is at least half as potent, the ‘High” is different. The least appreciated part of a Delta 9 high is the lack of concentration and often lethargy along with possible feeling of anxiety and paranoia. Not so, with Delta 8, where the high comes with uplifting, euphoric effects, along with a clear headed, focused energy that allows you to function in your daily tasks. It is also a fit for activities and social get-togethers!

The Benefits of Delta 8 THC

The benefits of Delta 8 THC is due to the way this cannabinoid interacts with the body’s Endocannabinoid System. Delta 8 interacts with the endocannabinoid system’s two main receptors CB1 and CB2.

CB1 receptors are primarily found in the central nervous system, which consists of the brain and spinal cord. They have an effect on motor control, emotions, mood, cognition, pain perception, memory and appetite. It is this interaction that produces the mild psychotropic effects of Delta 8, along with other benefits related to mood, alertness (cognitive function), pain perception and memory. The psychotropic effect of Delta 8 maintains cognitive function consisting of energetic alertness and focus along with the effects of euphoria.

CB2 receptors are found primarily in the peripheral nervous system, and this Delta 8 receptor activation can help relax the body, alleviate pain sensation and aid in muscle repair, but does not produce euphoria. Delta 8 appears to interact with receptors more commonly associated with CBD and therefore potentially produces many of the same benefits of regulating inflammation, pain relief, help with sleep and many other beneficial effects.

Preferred Delta 8 THC Products

The most popular Delta 8 THC products are delicious Gummies and Softgels that are easy to dose for on the go during your day and Vape Cartridges or Vape Bars that can provide a beneficial uplifting Delta 8 vaping experience.

Remember, when you first try any hemp based cannabinoid products like, CBD or Delta 8 THC, start slow, with a low dose and see how you feel. Then, if you feel the need to increase the dosage, do so slowly, over time to find your personal optimum dose.

If you have tried Delta 8 THC, please share your experience with us in the comment section below! Our shared experiences help educate others, that are new to Delta 8 products, make choices. And besides, we LOVE hearing from you!

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