What is Delta-8?

You might be familiar with the two most present compounds in cannabis THC (aka delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (aka cannabidiol) while you might not have heard of Delta-8 THC. It’s been on researcher’s radar for years as one of the four most researched cannabinoids. Although Delta-8 is present in most cannabis plants, it isn’t as abundant as Delta-9 THC. But with advances in technology making it easier to isolate specific cannabinoids, Delta-8 has been getting a lot of press. 

If you analyze and compare Delta-8 to THC’s chemical structure you’ll find that Delta-8 is very similar, with only a slight difference in the location of one double bond. It’s such a subtle difference you might miss it if you blink. “Delta” refers to the location of an atomic bond. On Delta-8 the double bond is in the 8th position; with Delta-9-THC the bond is located in the ninth position. 

In the human body, Delta-8 binds to the CB1 and CB2 receptors. Because it binds to both receptors simultaneously, users experience a milder cerebral high. When compared to the effects of THC, users describe a more clear-headed, productive, energetic, and upbeat feeling.

Properties

The National Cancer Institute lists Delta-8 in its drug dictionary as:

“An analogue of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties.”

Let’s break it down:

An analgesic is a drug that acts to relieve pain.

An antiemetic is an anti-nausea drug that is commonly used to treat side effects of opioid pain relievers, general anesthesia, and chemotherapy.

An anxiolytic is a drug that relieves anxiety.

A neuroprotectant acts to salvage, recover, regenerate the nervous system, its cells, structure and function.

An appetite-stimulant aids in increasing hunger.

So to sum it up, Delta-8 is a pain relieving, anti-nausea, anti-anxiety cannabinoid that also protects your nervous system, and stimulates appetite. Don’t even act like you’re not impressed!

Research

In 1975, a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reported that mice treated for 20 consecutive days with Delta-8 and CBN had reduced tumor size, AND increased survival time.

In 1987 during a study looking at the effects of cannabinoids on levels of acetylcholine (ACh) and choline on various regions of the mouse brain, it was discovered that administration of Delta-8 increased ACh in the brain’s cortex and hippocampus. What does that mean? ACh is a neurotransmitter that causes muscles to contract, activates pain responses, and regulates endocrine and REM sleep functions. The cortex of your brain is responsible for processing sensory information, and the hippocampus regulates emotion. 

There are currently no active clinical trials in the United states investigating the benefits of Delta-8. This is likely due to the DEA’s classification of Cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug. The FDA requires special licensure and registration requirements for cannabis-related studies. If cannabis were to be reclassified the scientific community would have more freedoms to conduct research on Delta-8 and other beneficial cannabinoids. 

Products we carry with Delta-8:

  • Delta-8 Pro Tabs by LEVEL, an orally swallowed tablet processed through your liver and digestive pathways. Extra strength and fast acting, infused with steam distilled Delta-8 terpenes for relaxation of body and mind. 10 tabs per box, 25 mg of Delta-8 per tablet.
  • Soothe Delta-8 Tablinguals by LEVEL, Level has created the Tablingual, a sublingual tablet designed to fully dissolve in your mouth with delivery through blood vessels under the tongue. Sublingual delivery gives you a faster onset. 15 tabs per box, 3 mg of Delta-8 per tablet.

8 comments on “What is Delta-8?

  1. I suffer from fibromyalgia pain..severe hip and back pain and severe anxiety and panic attacks..cant sleep. What would be the best Delta 8 product for me to use? Thank you

  2. Really this is stupid I would trust the shadiness street dealers stuff over this chemical synthesized garbage I been smoking marijuana from street never do I even have question or think twice about consuming from the street this delta concentrated garbage has gave me a weird or uncomfortable irritable unpleasant feel everytime it has had an effect if any at all it is just garbage to take your money unless your like the ones who are ok smoking that stuff people call tuncy which is sprayed with chemicals like it started with acetone then continued to change chemicals by the laws. The medical strains are what should be in gas stations and everywhere you turn not this to just take your money so they get rid of the male plants their getting money from the plants that real growers would just throw away and shunt away from their real crop only real use for hemp is the same as trees paper cotton cloth material rope and is much more durable and more recyclable and is not for consumption their is really alot to say about why real marijuana should be in place of everywhere that has this delta 9 or 8 products

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