What are the Effects of Delta 8 THC?

  Delta-8 THC has been exploding in popularity since it first became available in late 2019 — And it is easy to see why.  This relatively unknown cannabinoid appears to offer an incredible set of active effects. Being hemp-derived and under 0.3% Delta-9 THC, Delta-8 is federally legal. And unlike cannabis, Delta-8 fills a need in states where cannabis is still banned. It also continues to replace usage of CBD and cannabis due to its versatility. 

What exactly are the effects of Delta-8 THC?

Delta-8 is closely related, but different, vs. Delta-9 THC — the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. You are probably more familiar with this particular THC, as Delta-9 is what causes the powerful “high” feelings with marijuana.  The two are closely related, with a few notable differences. First and foremost, Delta-8 has been found to be only about half as potent as Delta-9. It provides a similar set of uplifting effects, but reportedly minus the common paranoia with marijuana. And instead of feeling groggy, which commonly occurs with cannabis consumption, users consistently report feeling clear-headed and energetic. The euphoric sensations are similar, but the effects of Delta-8 reportedly keep users more alert, focused, and energized. That is because Delta-8 binds to a slightly different set of receptors in the human body. These receptors are more commonly associated with CBD. CBD is another cannabinoid that has been growing in popularity in recent years.  Because of this, Delta-8 is often called a fusion of CBD and Delta-9. It is a well-balanced compound that has been reported by consumers to help provide relief and a host of other effects. It is easy to see why Delta-8 has been generating almost as much buzz in the medical community as it has in recreational circles. No matter your intention, Delta-8 appears to have a lot to offer.   

So where did delta-8 come from?

In many ways, it has been hiding in plain sight this whole time. Delta-8 THC is a natural compound found in hemp. Its discovery first occurred in the 1940s, but laws and limited technology made it difficult and impractical to access or use. It sat around for decades until the 2018 Farm Bill removed it from the controlled substance list. Only then could Delta-8 be legally sold around the country. 3Chi was the first company to recognize this potential, and in late 2019 they became the first to offer federally legal Delta-8.  Right now, a key driver of the interest in Delta-8 is the active cannabis community, as well as people seeking to try Delta-8 for potential relief. Delta-8 is known to reportedly boost energy and focus, which makes it ideal for social, high energy gatherings. It appears to bring none of the laziness or paranoia that is famously associated with cannabis marijuana. And unlike Delta-9, there is reportedly no mental crash after usage. All of these make it ideal for anyone wanting the effects of THC without the downsides.  As popularity grows, it is likely that more people may switch away from cannabis completely. Delta-8 has been found to be more affordable, more widespread, and more functional for day-to-day tasks.   If you want to learn even more about Delta-8, check out our Guide. If you’re ready to try Delta-8 out for yourself, click here! Have you tried Delta-8? Let us know in the comments below! And if you like what you read, click here to explore more 3Chi blogs.  

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