THC isn’t the only powerful compound in the cannabis plant. Delta-8-THC is one of the four common cannabinoids. It also has a similar psychoactive effect to the Delta-9-THC. However, there are differences between the two.
What is Delta-8-THC?
Delta-8-THC is equivalent to THC. It contains anxiolytic, appetite increasing, antiemetic, neuro-protective, and pain-relieving properties. Cannabis plant contains 100 cannabinoids. We have major knowledge about cannabidiol and Delta-9-THC because they are the major components that have a key role in any product.
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Delta-8-THC occurs in the plant in a small concentration. It is a minor compound and is also known as the degraded form of THC. It is not directly produced through the synthesis in the cannabis plant. When THC is stored for a longer time, it reduces into Delta-8-THC. Manufacturers use breeding and molecular separation to produce a large quantity of Delta-8-THC.
Similarities and Differences between Delta-9-THC and Delta-8-THC
Delta-8-THC contains the bond on the 8th carbon chain and Delta-9-THC contains the bond on the 9th carbon chain. This means they have various similarities yet they are different due to the chemical bond. Delta-9-THC is less stale than Delta-8-THC because it can easily oxidize to convert into Delta-8-THC or Cannabinol. However, Delta-8-THC doesn’t oxidize and has a longer shelf life.
It is said that the THC component works better with other components rather than being in isolation form. Since the molecular composition of Delta-9-THC and Delta-8-THC is similar therefore it can be said that Delta-8-THC too is isolated doesn’t work that efficiently. It shows enhanced effects when combined with the whole cannabis plant medicine.
Medicinal Benefit of Delta-8-THC
- It is found in research that Delta-8-THC reduces pain and inflammation of corneal injury in mice. When Delta-8-THC was applied topically, it reduced pain in rats instantly, but their tolerance to CBD increased.
- Delta-8-THC has an anxiety-reducing property which is similar to that of Delta-9-THC. It brings calmness and high focus property.
- It was seen that cancer patients did not vomit when they were ingested with Delta-8-THC before and after cancer or chemotherapy treatment.
- A research was conducted on mice and it was found that even a low dose of Delta-8-THC increased their appetite up to 22%. It is also seen that appetite stimulation is faster in Delta-8-THC than Delta-9-THC.
Most Delta-8-THC products are isolated but for greater effect, they should be combined with Delta-9-THC or any other compound from the cannabis plant. Research on animals has shown a temporary increase in blood pressure which instantly dropped resulting in a slower heart rate.
Most research has been done on animals. Therefore it is imperative, as a human that you consult your doctor before consuming Delta-8-THC. Although it is a minor compound, some products contain a high percentage of Delta-8-THC.