What is Delta-8?

What is Delta-8?

Raven Johnston on Sep 9th 2021

Curious to learn what Delta-8 THC is? Then you've come to the right place!

We have only just started to learn about cannabinoids, and proof of that is with the recent popularity of one of the lesser-known cannabinoids, Delta-8 THC. The cannabis plant is made up of hundreds of different cannabinoids. While we know a lot about the two major cannabinoids, Delta-9 THC (marijuana) and CBD, we're only just starting to discover what the minor cannabinoids such as Delta-8 THC have to offer.

What Is Delta-8 THC?

First, let's take a look at the National Cancer Institute's definition of Delta-8 THC. "An analog of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties." Now let's break that down. It's a cousin compound to delta-9 THC with pain-relieving properties that will make you hungry and get you high! But get this; it's federally legal. You can read more about its effects and legality in our other blog, Effects of Δ8.

You may be wondering; compounds have cousins? Yes. They do. A cousin of a compound is also called an isomer, but it is a compound in forms that have a different arrangement of atoms but similar molecular weight.

Now that we have that figured out let's dive into where delta-8 comes from. Naturally, it exists in minimal percentages in hemp plants; however, some companies who specialize in cannabis extraction can precisely extract delta-9 from the hemp plant or directly from CBD due to advanced technologies and processes. The structure of cannabinoids is very similar, so scientists can convert one cannabinoid to another using a chemical reaction. Other methods, including selective breeding, distillation, and molecular isolation, are also used to make concentrates loaded with Delta-8.

Now, let's get into some history, shall we?

  • 1965 Famous cannabis researcher Dr. Raphael Mechoulam discovered Delta-8, and it has been experimented with ever since.
  • 1974 Delta-9, Delta-8, and CBD were tested on rats. Delta-9 was found to shrink cancerous tumors in rats. Many more experiments using rats have been conducted to elaborate on the effects of Delta-8.
  • 1975 More research was done using rats, and it was then discovered that Delta-8 THC could also shrink cancerous tumors.
  • 1995 Another study was completed at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem by Dr. Raphael Mechoulam to decrease nausea caused by chemotherapy in pediatric cancer patients. The results were impressive; over 480 treatments were administered, and a 100% success rate.
  • 2004 A study was conducted using mice; they were given a small dose of Delta-8 and were found to have an increased appetite more than when they were administered Delta-9. It also showed that it causes less anxiety than the mice who were given Delta-9.
  • 2018 A preclinical study was published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research showing the potential benefit Delta-8 has on pain and inflammation in eye injuries in mice.

Delta-8 THC – Conclusion

There you go! Everything that you wanted to know about Delta-8 THC. We still have a lot to learn, but as time goes by, scientists and researchers worldwide are continuing to explore the different potentials that cannabinoids have to offer us. If you have any questions about Delta-8 THC, don't hesitate to contact us directly.

Disclosure: The Food Drug Administration has not evaluated these statements; they are not intended to treat or cure any diseases. Please consult a physician if you are not sure if CBD is right for you. Must be 18+ years older to consume.