Delta-8 THC and the 5 Major Benefits it Could Give You
As cannabis progresses more and more through the legal system, more everyday Americans learn about what the plant has to offer.
You may be familiar with CBD, for example, or even the nutritious benefits that hemp seeds have. You may have even heard of delta-8 THC before, though it’s not as known in America as most of the rest of the world.
The fourth most researched cannabinoid on the planet, delta-8 isn’t new to the cannabis game. It is getting some newfound love for the first time ever, though.
Essentially made accidentally legal thanks to hemp, let’s look at everyone’s favorite new cannabinoid and the benefits that delta-8 THC has to offer.
What do people feel with delta 8?
The biggest question you might be asking yourself is pretty self-explanatory: what the heck is delta 8 supposed to make me feel? How is it a legal version of THC; what’s the difference between this THC and the one that’s still federally illegal? Fortunately, we have all the answers right here.
Before we dig in too far, it’s important to stress that everyone is different. The experiences someone might have with delta 8 may be different from yours, so do heed with some caution if you do happen to be a first-time user.
By “first-time user”, however, we do mean a first-time user of cannabis in general. If you’ve had experience with delta-9 THC in the past or any marijuana product, then you likely know at least a little bit about what to expect. If you have nothing to compare this high to, it may come across as intense.
One easy word to describe it, next to intense – mellow. Delta 8 users find the high to be incredibly relaxing, putting them in a calm state. They find themselves still clear-headed, able to take on tasks and go about their day normally. A feeling of contentment and chill relaxation washes over them.
Other effects from delta-8 THC include a stimulated appetite – AKA, the munchies. It enhances your mood, puts you in that happy place, and it appears to help with certain types of pain. While it doesn’t work for everyone, some users are blown away by how effectively it alleviates their symptoms.
In summary, you can expect some or all of the following to happen when you’re feeling the effects from delta 8:
- Causes a floaty feeling like you’re weightless
- Engages energy levels and helps you focus
- Makes the user feel mellow and chill, but still clearheaded
- Promotes appetite so helps the urge to eat
- Stimulates intense relaxation
These are the general experiences people report having, so you may feel more or less than this. Have you ever tried delta 8 before? Was your experience the same mellow, chill time most people say they experience?
The high of delta 8 THC
Some users report anxiety or paranoia as a partial symptom from a delta 9 high. That appears to go away completely with delta 8. This allows for a clearheaded experience, instead. The high stimulates relaxation, but not the urge to laze around.
The biggest difference users find is a delta 9 high might make a user feel out of control, while delta 8 helps them feel like they’re still in control. No matter the intensity of the delta 8, it doesn’t come with the feeling of not having control.
This is perhaps a feeling that stops some people from using marijuana in the first place, for fear of the negative symptoms. With delta 8, this fear is diminished altogether.
When vaping delta 8, many find that it doesn’t make them sleepy, as some delta 9 THC vapes can. Instead, it increased their energy level and focus while not making their heart race or triggering any symptoms of anxiety.
5 benefits delta 8 could offer you
According to the National Cancer Institute, delta-8 THC can bind to the CB1 receptor throughout the body. These receptors are part of our endocannabinoid system, which helps our body regulate and maintain homeostasis. “Homeostasis” is just fancy lingo for complete balance throughout the body.
Delta 8 exhibits a lower psychotropic potency than delta-9 THC, so it doesn’t bind to the receptor as well. This helps it demonstrate a variety of properties that present as powerful benefits, so let’s take a look at the biggest ones below.
Neuroprotective properties for a healthier brain
Some research also suggests that delta-8 THC could help people produce Acetylcholine, which is a neurotransmitter. This neurotransmitter is responsible for memory, cognition, neuroplasticity, and even arousal. That’s a lot of benefits for something that appears to have close to or zero negative side effects.
Has been shown to stimulate appetite
In 2004, researchers analyzed delta-8’s effect on appetite control. They concluded with the trial, noting that even low doses of delta-8 stimulated an increase in food intake.
Little or no nausea thanks to its antiemetic effects
We know based on the 1995 study that delta-8 appears to have no negative side effects while eliminating nausea. The children undergoing chemotherapy for their cancer saw a 100% success rate in reducing their nausea over 480 treatments in total.
Analgesic properties – which means less pain overall
Everyone experiences pain differently, and at different degrees, but researchers have observed delta-8’s ability to help relieve some of that pain. Having analgesic properties means it can relieve pain to some degree.
Particularly, those with neuropathic and inflammatory pain may benefit the most, but those with other types of pain may benefit, too.
Fewer anxiety symptoms with its anxiolytic effects
As we mentioned earlier, delta 8 binds to the CB1 receptors throughout the body. In fact, some researchers have observed it connecting to the CB2 receptors, too. Its ability to bind is what helps the cannabinoid convince the body to better regulate pain and anxiety.
The anxiolytic properties it produces helps to relieve symptoms of anxiety and allow a wave of relaxation to wash over you.
Try Ounce of Hope’s Delta 8 Products Today
Curious about trying delta 8? We offer it in a variety of mediums so you can find the one that best fits you, like our delta-8 dark chocolate, or our popular delta-8 gummies. If you’re a big dessert fan, our delta-8 brownie bites are a hit for that crowd.
If you like CBD, we also offer a CBD and delta-8 THC combo in the form of a tincture. With a powerful twist of full-spectrum CBD and delta-8 THC, it’s the perfect mixture between the two. Each batch is tested through a third-party lab to ensure ultimate transparency.
Have you tried the legal THC product made from hemp yet? Try ours today and let us know your thoughts!