Cannabis is a plant that for thousands of years has evolved naturally in the wild. It is chocked full of chemical constituents – some of which are known as cannabinoids – that mesh with receptors across our entire body, eliciting a range of mental and physical effects. THC or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol is by far the most well-known of such cannabinoids, but it is definitely not the cannabis flower's only effective chemical compound. One of the four most common cannabinoids, Delta-8-THC is similar to its psychoactive relative THC but with several key differences.
Delta-8-THC is just a few atomic bonds chemically distinct from delta-9-THC, and still provides its own potent strong. Although delta-8-THC obviously only exists in fractions of a percent, companies see value in concentrating exotic cannabinoids for their specific effects and applications. Oleum Extracts, a top-tier cannabis extractor in Washington State, is currently producing a distillate cartridge named "AquaTek Delta-8 THC" which demonstrates these properties.
The Delta-8-THC 's effectiveness and stability make it an incredibly useful chemical compound derived from cannabis. The advantages and effects of the distillate represent both medicinal and recreational users alike, and it highlights the influence within cannabis of individual chemical constituents. When research identifies and refines the uses for the diverse array of cannabinoids from cannabis, we'll benefit from one puff at a time.
Delta-8 is capable of binding both to the same CB1 receptor as with the delta-9 THC and the CB2 receptor. Anxiolytics are anxiety- inhibiting drugs. So delta-8 is much less likely than its more common relative, delta-9 THC, to cause anxiety at high doses.
Delta-8 THC has been shown to be 200 per cent more effective as an antiemetic compared to delta-9, according to studies and evidence on one of the cannabinoid 's patents. It has been found in some cases to be three to ten times less potent than delta-9.
Like CBD you can get high by consuming delta-8 THC. Unlike the better known delta-9 THC, it is expected to be much less psychoactive, but with significant consequences. Users record a milder delta-9 THC form, infamous for its strong psychoactive effects. All bind to the same CB-1 cannabinoid receptors in the nervous system but, due to its slightly altered molecular structure, delta-8 THC appears to react differently. Users indicated a better elevation, less anxiety and less sedative influence. So THC delta-8 is psychoactive but much less than THC delta-9.
Generally Delta-8 THC is produced in concentrate form. Because this happens in cannabis in very small quantities, it can be extracted and refined into a thick transparent liquid that looks like any CBD distillate. This is sold in bottles or syringes and a typical cannabis pen or dab rig can be used to vaporize this. The concentrate of Delta-8 can also be combined with the flower to kick up the level of potency to as much as 8THC. Because distillate is potentially edible, it can be eaten orally, but when metabolized within the body, not much work has been done on the effects of delta-8. Only a few oral tinctures infused with delta-8-THC (for sublingual use) are available.
Mixing with flower
Research on delta-8-THC, which is tight, seems promising. Multiple patents currently exist for methods of processing certain 8THC concentrate. It may be an indicator that in the near future we could learn more about this cannabinoid which is not so well known.