Hemp knowledge: Delta 8 effects
By Dharma D8 | May 06, 2021
It’s always a good thing to know all you can about a new product before you give it a try. Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta 8 and D8 THC) has so much to offer and explore! If you want to give this up-and-comer a try, let us take you on a quick and basic run-down to get you in the know. That's why we're here. We at DharmaD8 are all about making sure that our customers are well-informed and ready to go. So, to build up your knowledge, let's talk a bit about the different effects you may experience while using Delta 8.
What is Delta 8?
Let’s start by talking about what D8 THC is. After all, the best way to understand how something will affect you is by knowing what something is and how it works.
There are special chemical compounds that are found only in cannabis plants called cannabinoids. These compounds are pretty great because they can interact with a system in every human body called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). If you’ve never heard of the ECS before, don’t worry. It’s not talked about that much, so a lot of people don’t know about it. The ECS is a group of receptors that help your body control several different functions, including mood and memory. Delta 8 is one of over 100 different cannabinoids that are found in cannabis plants.
But there is another cannabinoid that you’ve probably heard of that we need to talk about a bit. It is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta 9 THC). The reason why you’ve heard of this cannabinoid before is that it’s the cannabinoid that’s normally just called THC. We’ll go over a bit more about what makes Delta 9 THC so famous later on. The main thing to know for now is that D8 THC and Delta 9 THC are very similar but still different enough to be considered variations.
Now that we have the basics of Delta 8 out of the way, let's talk about what you can expect from it.
Different Delta 8 effects
Before we really get into this, there is one thing that we need to cover. Research on D8 THC is very new. This is because hemp’s former legal status made research kind of difficult. So, when we talk about potential medical benefits, you need to remember more research that needs to be done. That doesn't mean that the current research is any less exciting or encouraging. Let’s talk about what some of these effects are.
A feeling of euphoria
THC in just about any form is likely to cause a feeling of euphoria. Delta 9 THC's feeling of euphoria is the most famous. It binds with the ECS receptors tightly, changing the way that those receptors receive information. Delta 8 also binds with these receptors, but its structure is slightly different, so the bind doesn't perform as tightly. This means that the feeling of euphoria it causes isn't quite as intense and is more bodily than that of Delta 9 THC's.
Help with anxiety
Cannabis, in general, has been looked at quite a bit as a potential help for anxiety. So, it’s not a far leap to start focusing on individual cannabinoids and how they may be able to help with anxiety. This is because there is a clear connection between anxiety and the ECS. More specifically, there has been research that has found that the ECS receptor known as CB1 is especially involved. That just happens to be the receptor that D8 THC has a lot of interactions with. This suggests that Delta 8 could help with anxiety. But this is mainly the case when taken in the right doses. Too much may mean that the anxiolytic effects of Delta 8 may not work as well.
Help with pain and inflammation
Just like with anxiety, the idea of cannabis helping with pain and inflammation is not very surprising. After all, using cannabis as a non-opioid painkiller is one of the main arguments for legalizing cannabis in every state. But just because cannabis could help with pain and inflammation, that doesn’t mean that D8 THC could too, does it? Well, there is a good chance that Delta 8 could help. A lot of research, like this study, has found that Delta 8 could be very helpful in dealing with inflammation and pain.
Effects that individuals have reported
There are a lot of other effects that don’t really have any studies connected with them, but individuals have talked and written about. For example, a writer for Leafly, Dante Jordan, gave some Delta 8 a try and wrote about it. He said that with D8 THC he felt a nice, focused feeling. That he was able to get some work done that he had been struggling with. Whether or not you’ll have a feeling like that one that’s more relaxed, is hard to say. You would have to give a try to know for sure.
Of course, everyone is different. The effects felt from D8 THC tend to vary from person to person. Some people may not notice much of a feeling of euphoria, while others may feel it pretty strongly. So, approach Delta 8 with the same caution that you would approach Delta 9 THC. Start out with a small dose and see how it feels for you. If you don’t notice any particular effects after a while, you can try taking a little bit more.
Now that you are more familiar with the effects that D8 THC may give you, do you want to give some a try? Here at DharmaD8, we have a wide range of high-quality Delta 8 products for you to choose from. Each has been carefully formulated and tested, so they are products you know you can trust. If you want to give some a try, you can give some of ours a shot. Check our shop page here and this blog about Delta 8 CBD. And if you have any comments, questions, or concerns, you can reach out to us through our contact page.
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