Hemp and cannabis (marijuana) plants contain trace amounts of the naturally occurring chemical molecule known as delta-8 THC, also known as delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol. It is widely available, from the shelves of convenience stores to upscale marijuana shops, and its popularity is growing.
Why is Delta-8 in such high demand right now?
For one thing, it shares a lot of similarities with its famous cousin, Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta-9-THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. THC comes in both Delta-8 and Delta-9 forms. But when people talk about THC, they typically mean Delta-9, which is present in large amounts in marijuana.
While both result in a pleasant, fuzzy feeling, Delta-8 has a more subdued high. In fact, Delta-8 is frequently referred to as “diet weed” or “marijuana-lite.”
The potency of other typical THC side effects like paranoia, anxiety, and sleepiness is also decreased.
Is It Legal?
Unlike THC, which is subject to strict regulation, Delta-8 is generally lawful to take, which is another factor in its rising popularity. That’s because it’s primarily made from CBD obtained from hemp, which is grown legally throughout the United States. However, Delta-8 exists in a legal limbo.
The so-called federal farm bill (the Agriculture and Nutrition Improvement Act of 2018), which removed hemp and its derivatives from the list of controlled substances, is responsible for hemp’s legality. There is no mention of Delta-8 in the law. Delta-8 products, typically sold without age limits, have been legally marketed by hemp proponents and other vendors using this loophole. As a result, it’s currently the hemp industry’s fastest-growing product.
Chemists and other scientists are worried about safety because there is minimal regulation or laboratory testing of the ingredients used in Delta-8 products. Products with the name “Delta-8” may have contaminants, such as significant THC concentrations. A dozen states, including New York and Colorado, are starting to limit or forbid the use of Delta-8 as a result.
Where is it available?
Products made by Delta-8 are available over-the-counter at convenience stores, cannabis and vape shops, gas stations, and online. They can be purchased as edibles, drinks, gummies, tinctures, candies, oils, delta 8 disposables, edibles, joints, or oils. It’s significant to notice that the ingredient list and quality control for these items are both lacking. Additionally, since CBD doesn’t get you high, it’s simple to mistake Delta-8 products for CBD.
Is It Safe?
The effect of Delta-8 on your general health hasn’t been well studied or supported by data.
Many people have mentioned using Delta-8 in addition to their prescription drugs to treat depression and substance usage, primarily via social media posts. According to users, Delta-8 also can:
Enhance mental health
The majority of these advantages, according to specialists, come from word of mouth, and there isn’t enough evidence on how they affect your health. Just because something is readily available doesn’t guarantee that it is fully risk-free.
Some individuals have had detailed negative impacts like:
Reduced blood pressure
Inform your doctor right away if you use any Delta-8 products and have any of these side effects.
Call 911 if it’s an emergency, or go to a hospital close by. Get emergency medical attention if a kid consumes or is exposed to Delta-8 items, such as gummies or sweets.