△8THC, also referred to as Delta 8, D8, and Delta 8 Tetrahydrocannabinol, is an isomer of CBD (cannabidiol). It is another type of cannabinoid found in the hemp plant like CBD, CBC, CBG, CBDv, and so on.
However, Delta 8 only exists as about .01% of dried cannabis flowers, both for higher THC (marijuana) or lower THC (hemp) varieties.
While Δ8THC can alter and elevate your mood, it is much more functional than Δ9THC and far less intoxicating. It can give a moderate “buzz” but without the same levels of paranoia, intoxication or anxieties typically associated with delta 9 THC. Until recently this cannabinoid has not been widely available outside of the medical marijuana industry, but thanks President Trump and Congress, the groundbreaking legislation known as the 2018 FARM BILL allowed for cannabinoids like Δ8THC to be legalized federally and we are now able to begin quantifying all of its many potential benefits.
The thing to remember about THC is that it actually starts as THCA which is a non-psychoactive molecule. There is little-to-no psychoactive compound in the actual cannabis plant. It’s the process of aging over a prolonged period of time (and the UV exposure that goes along with it), or heating, which changes the molecular structure of THCA making it into delta-9 THC. This process is called decarboxylation. From here, small amounts of the delta-9 THC molecules will oxidize to become delta-8 THC. When used medicinally or for study, the delta-8 THC is isolated and extracted to make for larger dosing amounts than a person would get from smoking, vaping, or ingesting a standard cannabis flower.
Δ8THC users typically report feeling far more active and outgoing with increased confidence and almost none of the anxiousness and paranoia associated with Δ9THC usage. Δ8THC gives a more manageable “heady” feeling typically allowing for more activity while in use, compared to Δ9THC which tends to be felt more in the body and can often suppress physical activity.
If you are using cannabinoids and want to get stuff done, hang out with friends, or have a video game marathon, Δ8THC may be the better choice. If you’re looking to sit on the couch and watch a movie, Δ9THC may be the way to go.
As per the actual definition of delta-8 THC according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), the molecule HAS “antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties.” Much like delta-9 it binds to the CB1 receptor, but unlike delta-9 it is not associated with as strong psychoactive properties.
As early as 1974 a study came out that had been done to see if delta-8 had an effect on the immune system. What they found is that not only did it not detract from an immune response, but that it has cancer fighting abilities as well. The study looked at delta-8, delta-9, CBN, and CBD. In this particular study it was not CBD that showed the greatest effect, but rather delta-8 and delta-9. The study participants were mice, and after 10 days of treatment with delta-9 showed slowed tumor growth depending on dose. After 20 days of treatment with delta-8, the mice showed a decrease in the size of the actual tumor. In this instance the delta-8 was combined with CBN.
Unfortunately, this information, much like most medical information regarding the cannabis plant, seemed to be buried for quite some time.
Our Delta 8 THC tincture contains a broad spectrum hemp extract with Delta 8 THC, other cannabinoids, and terpenes for maximum effectiveness. Uses MCT as the carrier oil. The terpenes give this product a plant taste, so be aware of that.
With Δ8THC having minimal drug testing research, it is not clear if a consumer of Δ8THC products would fail or pass a drug test. We have had consumer reports of both negative and positive and drug tests while using Δ8THC products. Because Δ8THC is so closely related to Δ9THC it is possible it can show up positively on a drug test the same way Δ9THC would. Most traditional drug screen panels test for the presence of cannabinoids, Δ8THC being a cannabinoid. It is not typical that a common drug screen panel would screen for certain cannabinoids to know if the consumer is using Δ8THC or Δ9THC.
All cannabinoids are assumed to show the presence of cannabis in this case. It is advised that the use of any products that contain THC content should be used at your own discretion.
Naturally occurring Delta 8 is legal. Synthetically produced Delta 8 is not. It’s important to purchase from a reputable distributor with 3rd party lab testing.