When it comes to the body, delta 8 and delta 9 generate very different sensations. Delta 9 is the better-known version of THC, and the active ingredient in cannabis. Although the psychoactive effects of delta 9 have a stronger influence on the mind, delta 9 as a compound has far less effect on the body compared to delta 8. Why? Because delta 9 binds only with a set of receptors known as the CB1 receptors, and those receptors simply provide a different experience.
Full Body Sensations
It is actually another set, the CB2 receptors that more directly influence the body. These receptors are located in the organs and deep muscle tissue, and this makes them especially effective at generating relief-driven sensations to larger portions of the body.
Another popular cannabinoid, CBD, binds exclusively with these CB2 receptors. A huge number of users take CBD on its own to help with relaxation and relief. And as a standalone compound, the bonds it forms helps reduce inflammation and soothe muscles from within.
Why mention CBD? Because delta 8 also forms bonds with the CB2 receptors. It is the only known version of THC to do so, and this unique connection allows the compound to generate many similar sensations as CBD — all while also targeting the CB1 receptors, just like delta 9.
So, while the effects of delta 9 are mostly concentrated in the brain, delta 8 targets areas across the body. The result is a set of effects unlike anything else in the cannabinoid family. Delta 8 directly affects the body in powerful ways, and is reported to relax and relieve much like CBD.
This difference is immediately noticeable when you first use delta 8. Users often report feeling a deeper set of sensations, and this typically results in a more well-rounded experience.
A difference in potency also directly affects your bodies’ tolerance to both versions of THC.
Tolerance occurs when the receptors in the body that bind with the compound become “numb” from frequent connections. This numbness then requires you to increase your dose in order to feel the same effects. When the saturation reaches a certain point, it becomes impossible for the effects to resemble the original sensations.
Initially, Delta 9 builds a tolerance slowly. Once saturation begins, it can take twice as long as delta 8 for the tolerance to fade. Given this, a typical recommended tolerance break for delta 9 is in the neighborhood of 4-5 weeks. That gives enough time for this buildup to dissipate, and for the receptors in your body to become sensitive to the delta 9 bonds once again.
This is an area where delta 8 holds a major advantage. Because of the way the molecule inherently forges these connections, a delta 8 tolerance break can be as little as 7-8 days. The buildup dissipates more quickly, and these more gentle bonds promote a speedy recovery.
While research on these cannabinoids is relatively limited, users around the country continue to promote delta 8 as a functional and more effective alternative to cannabis. Delta 8 is already the fastest-growing cannabinoid product, and its federally legal status will likely allow it to expand further in the future.
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