What Is Delta-8-THC? Here’s Everything You Need to Know
Whatever you’ve heard about CBD products or not, one of the terms you have probably picked up is THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. Actually, there is a little confusion surrounding the understanding of this chemical compound. People commonly equate THC with Delta-9-THC, which is incorrect. Truth be told, THC is a group of elements that consists of different types of THCs. In this article, we will explain what Delta-8-THC (another representative of THCs) is and what its characteristics are.
1. Basics of THC
THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is a chemical compound and one of over 100 cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. THC works by attaching to the body’s cannabinoid receptors, which are found throughout the brain and nervous system. Some people contrast THC with CBD because, unlike CBD, THC can cause the so-called “entourage effect”.
But THC is the name of not just one compound. Besides the more popular Delta-9-THC, there is Delta-8-THC, which is present in the plant at a concentration of 0.01%.
2. What is Delta-8-THC?
Delta-8-THC, which is analogous to Delta-9-THC, is almost the same as its counterpart. The difference is in their molecular structure. Delta-9-THC is readily oxidised to form cannabinol, a biologically inactive cannabinoid, whereas Delta-8-THC is stable.
3. What are the features of Delta-8-THC?
Since Delta-8-THC has a slightly different molecular structure than Delta-9-THC, some of its features can also vary. So, what makes Delta-8-THC so special?
- Different potential binding to brain cells
Given that both the above compounds don’t have identical molecular structures, they can bind differently to CB1 receptors. In this case, Delta-8-THC has a lower affinity for CB1 receptors than Delta-9-THC.
- Delta-8-THC is less psychotropic
Due to Delta-8-THC potentially having a lower affinity, it can be considered less psychotropic than its counterpart.
- Delta-8-THC is less researched
In many of our blog articles, we have told you that CBD and THC have not been well researched. Concerning Delta-8-THC in particular, the situation is even more uncertain as there’s a huge lack of studies on this compound.
- Greater uncertainty about its legal status
Delta-8-THC lies in a grey area, and the question of its regulation is still debatable. There are two aspects to this issue: First, Delta-8-THC is strictly banned or restricted in some regions (for example, 18 states in the US). And second, the definition of THC is not limited to Delta-9-THC only but also includes Delta-8-THC, and all THCs are measured in the total permissible THC level. THC legislation also differs from one country or region to another. For example, THC is prohibited in France, but in Switzerland, there is a maximum limit of 1.0% THC content.
There are several precautions everyone should know about when using Delta-8-THC.
- Be mindful of THC’s legal status
As you can see, Delta-8-THC is a grey area in terms of legal regulations, so it’s vital to carefully check the local and international legislation on THC to find out if there are any particular rules for Delta-8-THC.
- Don’t forget that it has not been well researched
The lack of studies on Delta-8-THC leads to uncertainty about the potential effects of using products containing such a compound.
- Possible side effects are also an important consideration
Yes, side effects can occur. As Delta-8-THC has not been well researched, it is difficult to say what side effects it could have.
- Mandatory checking of third-party testing results
This is a general safety measure that will help ensure you receive the highest quality product, with the composition as indicated on the label.
5. Final thoughts
In this article, we have covered some basic information about Delta-8-THC, cousin of Delta-9-THC. Besides sharing many similarities, there are also slight differences in certain aspects. Delta-8-THC is a less common compound found in the hemp plant, and it has also been less studied. Will it receive more scholarly attention in the future? It’s only a matter of time.
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