The latest cannabinoid that is on the radar for popularity with CBD consumers and producers is Delta 8, also known as Delta 8 THC, supplanting Delta 9 TCH’s status as preferred ‘legal THC’ in the CBD marketplace. So, what is Delta 8 THC, what are the benefits and why you might want to include it in your health regimen?
Getting to Know the “Recently Discovered” Cannabinoid: Delta 8
Delta 8 THC is a minor cannabinoid that is naturally occurring in the hemp plant in very small concentrations. Delta 8 THC is a degraded form of THC (Delta 9 THC), which means that it is not produced directly by the same cannabinoid-synthesizing enzymes as THC; rather, Delta 9 THC converts or degrades, in the aging plant material, into Delta 8 THC. This means that Delta 8 THC is a less potent form of Delta 9 THC in terms of psychoactive capabilities, yet, maintains the many beneficial properties of the compound without the side effects typically associated with Delta 9 THC.
Cannabinoids, by nature, have structural similarities, which allow them to be changed from one to another through chemical reactions, which can occur naturally, through exposure to heat and light, over time. This is the case of all cannabinoids, which start as CBGA, a foundational compound, and then naturally synthesize into the major cannabinoid lines, THCA, CBDA and CBCA, as the plant matures.
What Are the Benefits of Delta 8 THC?
Although there is still a great deal of research necessary to determine the potential therapeutic benefits of Delta 8 THC, there are notable benefits associated with this compound that are similar to CBD and Delta 9 THC. These benefits include:
- Supports relief from pain and inflammation
- Help with stress and anxiety
- Delta 8 THC produces a clear-headed high without the strong
psychoactive high produced by Delta 9 THC.
- Help with the elimination of nausea (often experienced by cancer
The verdict is still out with respect to the multitude of potential Delta 8 THC benefits, however, the growing popularity of this cannabinoid among consumers of CBD products indicates a strong demand in the CBD marketplace.