What Is Delta 8 THC?
∆-8-tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as Delta 8 THC, is one of more than 100 psychoactive compounds (called cannabinoids) found in cannabis plants – which includes both marijuana and hemp. And while it does occur naturally in both, it does so only in very small amounts.
In order to concentrate it enough to be viable in things like pre-rolled smokables, gummy candies, chocolate bars, vape cartridges, tinctures, and other products currently being sold, delta 8 thc is typically synthesized from hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD).
And it’s a booming business. Delta 8 products are commonly sold in gas stations, convenience stores, tobacco and pipe shops, as well as cannabis dispensaries around the country. The impact on the Texas economy alone is around $51.4 million annually.
WHAT DOES DELTA 8 FEEL LIKE?
Delta 8 is very similar to Delta 9 THC, both in its makeup and in its effects. Consuming it does produce a euphoria, or high, similar to that of Delta 9. However, most users describe it as less intense.
Because Delta-8 is so similar to Delta-9 , it also causes many of the same side effects, including:
- Red eyes
- Dry mouth
- Rapid heart rate
- Reduced coordination
- Slower reaction times
- Memory loss
It also claims the same or similar benefits, such as:
- Stimulated appetite
- Reductions in nausea and vomiting
- Reductions in pain and inflammation