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 offers an incredible set of active effects, and unlike cannabis, is federally legal. Delta 8 currently fills a need in states where cannabis is still banned, but continues to eat into the market shares of CBD and legal cannabis due to its versatility.
What exactly are the effects of Delta-8 THC?
Delta-8 is closely related to 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.
The two are closely related, with a few notable differences. First and foremost, delta-8 is only about half as potent as delta-9. It provides a similar set of uplifting effects, minus any anxiety or paranoia. And instead of feeling groggy, which common occurs with cannabis consumption, users consistently report feeling clear-headed and energetic. The euphoric sensations are similar, but the effects of delta-8 keep users more alert, focused, and boost energy rather than sap it. 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, another cannabinoid that is 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 the potential to provide relief from pain and inflammation, stimulate appetite, reduce nausea, help with sleep, and a host of other beneficial 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 has 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 is a natural compound found in hemp. Its discovery first occurred in the 1960s, but laws and limited technology made it difficult and impractical to access or use. It sat around for nearly fifty years 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 the biggest driver of the switch to delta-8 is the active and outdoor cannabis community, as well as people seeking delta 8 for relief. Delta-8 is well-known to reportedly boost energy and focus, which makes it ideal for social, high energy gatherings. It brings none of the laziness or anxiety that is famously associated with cannabis. And unlike delta-9, there is no crash at the end of the high. 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 will switch away from cannabis completely. Delta-8 is simply more affordable, more widespread, and more functional for day-to-day tasks.
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