Delta-8 THC’s popularity has skyrocketed, but its days appear to be numbered. Although Delta-8 THC is legal at the federal level, more and more states are banning or restricting its sale across the United States. If you can still buy Delta-8 THC where you live, we recommend trying it before it’s too late.
Delta-8 is not just THC for those who can’t get “regular” Delta-9-THC (hereafter called “THC”). It has its own, unique benefits, including offering a happy, clear-headed high with less risk of anxiety or paranoia than THC. It offers health benefits for pain, inflammation, nausea and more. Amazingly, scientific research even shows that Delta-8 THC could help you lose weight while making you eat more! (A 50-day experiment found that mice given Delta-8 THC ate 22 percent more than usual but lost 20 percent of their original body weight.) Have we convinced you yet?!
Unfortunately, there’s a lot of sketchy Delta-8 THC online and in gas stations and shops. For the highest quality Delta-8 THC, as well as other rare cannabinoids and full-spectrum Hawaiian CBD, we recommend Rare Cannabinoid Company’s products. They were the first to create a pure THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin) tincture and are about to launch the world’s first pure CBDV (cannabidivarin) oil.
With Rare Cannabinoid Company’s vast apothecary (all produced in a cGMP facility and third-party lab tested), you can also mix and match Delta-8 THC with stimulating THCV for an energy and appetite suppression, combine it with CBN (cannabinol) for a dreamy night’s sleep, with CBC (cannabichromene) for depression, CBG (cannabigerol) for pain and inflammation, or CBDA (cannabidiolic acid) for nausea.
We’ll explain the eight reasons you should try Delta-8 THC before it’s too late, but first, let’s dive into what Delta-8 THC really is.
What is Delta-8 THC?
Delta-8 THC is a hemp-derived cannabinoid that is very similar to the THC found in cannabis. Delta-8 THC can promote euphoria, elation and relieve symptoms. Scroll down for scientific studies on chemotherapy-related nausea, pain, inflammation, weight control and more.
Does Delta-8 THC get you high?
Yes, Delta-8 THC is intoxicating, with most users saying it feels about half to two-thirds as strong as THC. Many say it offers a positive, uplifting experience where they feel more in control and sociable than with THC.
What’s the difference between Delta-8 THC and THC?
The two cannabinoids are chemically and functionally nearly identical. They both have a double bond, but Delta-8 has it on the eighth carbon, while Delta-9 has it on the ninth. This difference slightly alters the way they affect the human endocannabinoid system (ECS).
Is Delta-8 THC legal?
Most Delta-8 THC is derived from hemp. Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp (cannabis containing less than 0.3 percent THC) can be grown and used for extraction across the United States. This means that Delta-8 THC is federally legal even in states where THC is illegal. However, as new legislation comes into place, this loophole could be closed. More and more states are banning Delta-8 THC due to its intoxicating properties.
Can Delta-8 THC be shipped to me?
It depends where you live. Delta-8 THC is federally legal in the United States However, some states are banning it. Brands such as Rare Cannabinoid Company offer free U.S. shipping on orders over $49. However, if your particular state has banned Delta-8 THC, it cannot be shipped to you—just like it can’t be sold in stores there.
Can I buy Delta-8 THC in a cannabis dispensary?
Again, it depends where you live. Some states require that each dispensary grows and produces all of the products it sells. Since dispensaries normally sell THC from cannabis, it is unlikely that they would grow a field of hemp specifically for making Delta-8 THC.
What are the benefits of Delta-8 THC?
1. Eat more and lose weight with Delta-8 THC
Can you really eat more and lose weight with Delta-8 THC? We listed this benefit first, as it’s so extraordinary. Unlike THCV, which is known for suppressing appetite, Delta-8 THC will definitely give you the munchies. In fact, this scientific experiment found that mice who were given Delta-8 THC ate significantly more than those given THC.
Over 50 days, the mice given Delta-8 THC ate 22 percent more than usual. However, amazingly, they lost 20 percent of their original body weight! In addition to weight loss, their activity levels and cognitive function also improved. The scientists who ran the experiment concluded that the cannabinoid could be a “therapeutic agent in the treatment of weight disorders.”
In general, cannabis users have lower body mass indexes and are less prone to obesity than non-cannabis users, according to this research. Scientists believe this is because cannabis use speeds up metabolism, and Delta-8 THC appears to have a key role in helping people burn more calories faster.
If you want to increase your chances of weight loss with cannabis even further, we’d recommend taking THCV. This cannabinoid decreases hunger, making it easier for people to attain a calorie deficit and lose weight faster. Buy THCV here.
2. Delta-8 THC offers a happy, controllable high.
While some seek out the strongest cannabis flower, dabs and shatter to get obliterated, many prefer a happy, more controllable, high—at least for some activities or daytime use. Delta-8 THC is intoxicating but in a mellower, more functional way, with users’ descriptions ranging from uplifting and energizing to calming and relaxing.
This makes it easier to take it in the morning, on a long flight, at family get-togethers or other occasions where you’d like to take the edge off without being too high to talk or move. Delta-8 THC’s lower level of psychoactivity also makes it more tolerable for those using hemp/cannabis for health and wellness benefits. (Warning: Do not drive a vehicle or operate machinery while using Delta-8 THC.)
3. Delta-8 THC may lower anxiety and improve mood.
Feeling anxious or depressed? Delta-8 THC may be able to help. Compounds in hemp and cannabis can increase levels of the brain’s “bliss” chemical, anandamide. While a little THC can often improve mood, too much can do the opposite and increase mental and emotional instability. Delta-8 THC’s mellower high appears more likely to improve mood with less risk of triggering anxiety, paranoia or depression.
Microdosing Delta-8 THC could also help one’s mental state without being as intoxicating. It may also be helpful to combine Delta-8 THC with CBC (cannabichromene) and/or CBD (cannabidiol). This is because CBC has been found to be the best non-psychoactive cannabinoid for raising anandamide and CBD positively affects dopamine and serotonin levels. See studies on CBC, CBD and THC for depression here.
4. Delta-8 THC is 200 percent more effective than THC for nausea.
Delta-8 THC appears hugely successful at reducing nausea and vomiting. This scientific experiment—”An efficient new cannabinoid antiemetic in pediatric oncology”—was carried out on child cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy to see if Delta-8 THC could prevent nausea and vomiting. Amazingly, vomiting was prevented in all 480 treatment sessions.
The United States government also has a patent for Delta-8 THC which states that it is 200 percent more effective at treating nausea than THC.
CBDA (cannabidiolic acid) is also well-known for reducing nausea and preventing anticipatory nausea (which occurs when people begin vomiting at the sight of a chemotherapy treatment center or place where they have experienced extreme nausea in the past.) Delta-8 THC and CBDA can be combined for even more nausea relief.
5. Best for combining with THCV or CBN
Want to recreate your favorite cannabis sativa or indica? THCV offers a stimulating boost of energy and suppresses appetite. A 1:1 combo of THCV with Delta-8 THC closely mimics the feel of Durban Poison or Doug’s Varin. Meanwhile, CBN (cannabinol) is the best cannabinoid for deep relaxation and improved sleep. A 1:1 combo of CBN and Delta-8 THC feels akin to Hindu Kush or Grandaddy Purple.
Rare Cannabinoid Company’s 500mg purified tinctures make it extremely easy to mix and match according to your needs or desires. Delta-8 THC’s mellow high is ideal for fun and easy dosing. Buy Delta-8 THC, THCV and CBN here.
6. Delta-8 THC is helpful for pain and inflammation relief.
Cannabis patients have long reported relief from pain and inflammation and scientific studies show that Delta-8 THC may be especially useful. This 2018 study showed that Delta-8 THC reduced corneal pain and inflammation. This separate 2020 study also found Delta-8 THC effective at reducing ocular pain and inflammation. Delta-8 THC may also be helpful for patients suffering from painful gastrointestinal (GI) problems including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) as seen in this medical review.
Rare cannabinoid CBG (cannabigerol) could also be combined with Delta-8 THC, as it is being studied for use against many diseases, as you can see in this Leafly article: “Is CBG better than CBD and THC for pain, inflammation, and aging?”
7. Delta-8 THC may improve cognitive function.
Dementias, including Alzheimer’s disease, take a huge toll on patients and their families. Research shows that Delta-8 THC shows potential for treating these devastating illnesses. This study on mice found that even very low doses of Delta-8 THC altered neurotransmitter levels and improved cognitive function.
This separate study found that Delta-8 THC increased acetylcholine levels (ACH) in the brain, which is important, as Alzheimer’s disease is linked to declining levels of Ach.
There is also a lot of research on CBC showing it may be helpful in the treatment of cognitive decline.
8. Delta-8 THC may fight cancer tumors.
Scientific studies suggest that Delta-8 THC might influence the growth of cancer cells and tumors. In this study, mice who were given Delta-8 THC for 20 days showed a significant reduction in tumor size and increase in survival time.
Many of Delta-8 THC’s benefits are interlinked. It’s mellower high makes it easier for users to take advantage of its health and wellness properties. From first-time users to those trying to take the edge off an important event, Delta-8 THC is worth giving a try. Oh, and don’t forget you might be able to eat more and lose weight too!
Different cannabinoids each have different benefits and can be added to your THC or CBD regime to enhance particular effects. To learn more and buy Delta-8 THC you can visit Rare Cannabinoid Company. They also have a sister brand, Hawaiian Choice, which specializes in broad spectrum Hawaiian CBD tinctures infused with terpenes, topicals and edibles that are all infused with real Hawaiian fruits, essential oils or Big Island honey. After all, a real Hawaiian CBD gummy may be just what you need when Delta-8 THC gives you the munchies!