Delta-8 THC is a lesser-known compound found in small quantities in the hemp plant. It has recently gained plenty of attention because it can help to promote a sense of calm without the more intense high experienced when using delta-9 THC. Delta-8 THC is not a recent discovery, but many people are only beginning to realize its potential.
3Chi is a company that sells delta-8 THC products. It was launched by a biochemist with 15 years of experience in creating cannabinoid products. Third-party laboratories verify the purity and potency of all 3Chi delta-8.
What is delta-8 THC?
Delta 8-THC is one of the chemical compounds that occur naturally in the cannabis plant. It is quite similar to delta-9 THC, but the chemical structure is different. Delta-8 THC also creates a high, but it is a lot less potent than delta 9-THC. For those who don’t want to experience a pronounced high but still want to experience the calming benefits, delta-8 THC could be the solution.
The difference between delta-8 and delta-9 THC
Most delta-8 THC is made synthetically from hemp-derived CBD because hemp is legal to grow in the U.S., and CBD is readily available. Both delta-8 THC and delta-9 THC have a double bond in their structures which creates their intoxicating effect. However, delta-8 THC has a double bond on the eighth carbon chain, and in delta-9 THC, it is on the ninth carbon chain. This means that delta-8 THC interacts with the receptors of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the human body in a slightly different way.
What effects does delta-8 THC have?
Delta-9 THC use can have a negative effect on some people and cause feelings of paranoia and anxiety. Delta-8 appears to offer a much smoother, milder high. Users say they feel mild euphoria and happiness. The lighter high is more energizing than traditional delta-9 THC.
Participants in surveys say that delta-8 THC tends to bring a deep feeling of relief and peacefulness. They feel mellow but don’t have the brain fog that delta-9 THC users may experience. It does not cause as much of an altered sense of time or difficulties in concentrating as when using delta-9 THC. Participants said they could use delta-8 THC to feel calm and relaxed, but they could still be productive.
How long do the effects last?
How long the effect lasts will depend on the type of delta-8 product, the method of consumption and how much a user consumes. When consuming edibles like gummies, the effects take longer to kick in, but they can last for anything from three to eight hours. Vaping produces quicker effects because the vapor goes into the lungs and into the bloodstream rather than going through the digestive system. However, the effects don’t last as long as when consuming edibles.
There is no recommended dosage for delta-8 THC because everyone reacts differently. Factors like body weight, previous consumption, the type of product and consumption method can all affect how individuals react. This is why it is so important to start with a small amount and observe the effects before increasing the dosage. If users consume too much, it could have a very similar effect on them as consuming delta-9 THC.
Calming benefits of delta-8 THC
Different delta-8 THC products are effective in different situations and in varying amounts. Lower doses of delta-8 THC appear to enhance mood and energy levels. The feeling of intense relaxation can be very beneficial for people who suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. Vaping delta-8 THC could bring quick relief to someone who feels the beginnings of a panic attack. Consuming gummies could offer more long-lasting relief for someone who experiences generalized anxiety.
Is delta-8 THC safe?
Users may experience side effects when taking delta-8 THC, such as dry eyes and mouth, drowsiness, and increased appetite. Anecdotal evidence suggests that many people would rather take delta-8 THC than pharmaceutical drugs to treat anxiety and other issues. They say it has fewer adverse side effects or potential for addiction.
The main risk when taking delta-8 THC is using untested, unlicensed products. Users should stay away from untested products that may not even contain delta-8 THC and could contain other harmful substances.