Delta 8 Products: Important Facts You Should Know

*This article is purely informational and does not constitute medical advice. Consult your healthcare provider about CBD and Delta 8.

Delta 8 products

Delta 8 products

Delta 8 products have just been recently introduced in the market, but its discovery dates back to 1941. It’s interesting how delta 8 managed to be out of the mass’ earshot. But now that its products are proliferating the market, it’s time to shed truth to them. 

But before that, here’s a quick touch on what delta 8 is.

What is delta 8?

Delta 8, also known as “Delta-8,” “Delta-8-THC,” “Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol,” is a psychoactive cannabinoid gained, mostly, from the Cannabis Sativa plant (of which marijuana and hemp are varieties). 

How is delta 8 made?

Naturally-occurring Delta 8 in a cannabis plant isn’t abundant. As a result, most of the Delta 8-derived products you see in the market are manufactured from hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD). 

Related: Is Delta-8 a Synthetic Cannabinoid?

Delta 8 vs. delta 9

When people refer to THC, they often mean delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or delta 9, which is responsible for the feeling of getting “high.” 

Well, THC is actually an umbrella of different cannabinoid types including delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol.

Delta 8 and delta 9 have slightly similar chemical structures. Because of this similarity, delta 9’s effects and side effects (when overdone) can also be mimicked by delta 8 but in a milder state.

All about delta 8 products

The rise of delta 8 products began when CBD’s price plummeted due to oversupply. Producers found a silver lining in the situation upon realizing that one can produce another form of cannabinoid from CBD. Insert, delta 8. 

Where is delta 8 available? Delta 8 products are mainly purchased via dispensaries, but nowadays, they can be bought conveniently online too. 

Even if its legality is still hung, delta 8 is being commercially utilized into different product forms such as gummies, vape cartridges, tinctures, and more. 

Delta 8 products’ first targets were customers looking to relieve themselves from stress and anxiety. 

Delta 8 products were also thought to be great alternatives for those who don’t want to use traditional cannabis products and those living in places where cannabis is illegal.

Facts you should know about delta 8 products

We get your qualms about the uncertainties surrounding delta 8 products, especially if every time you punch “delta 8 products” FDA’s red flag keeps popping. Putting fear aside, let’s deal with facts instead. 

What do I need to know about buying Delta 8?

1. Beware: Some delta-8 products in the market aren’t pure delta 8 even if they’re marketed as so

Borne out of no official regulatory oversight and scarce laboratory testing, counterfeit delta 8 products are bound to exist in the market. This is not something new to consumers’ knowledge. Even the CBD industry experiences the same predicament.  

Michael Coffin, chief scientist at Elevation Distro, says, “a lot of people are doing a poor job of cleaning up their reaction products which results in quite a soup of by-products and other unwanted compounds.”

2. Delta 8 products are understandably on the pricier side

Delta 8 products are expected to be pricier compared to other cannabinoid-based products because of factors such as:

  • Naturally-occurring delta 8 has fewer traces in the cannabis plant compared to major cannabinoids CBD and delta 9.
  • There’s an extra step in producing the cannabinoid delta 8, adding to more labor and cost. If CBD and delta 9 are simply extracted from the physical plant, delta 8 still needs to be synthesized from extracted CBD.

3. What the industry markets delta 8 for:

A quick brush on how delta 8 works in the human body: 

The NCI reports delta 8 to bind with the human endocannabinoid’s receptors. The endocannabinoid is a master regulator of our body. 

The endocannabinoid (ECS), a complex system, has an important role in several impactful physiological processes of the human body including appetite, sleep, homeostasis, and more. 

Like CBD and delta 9, delta 8 has an affinity to the receptor of the ECS, which elicits a part of how the ECS works.  

What we’re going to enumerate are what the industry markets delta 8 currently for. 

Us listing them does not mean we’re confirming the “benefits” to be true. Likewise, we’re not confirming either that there’s some truth to these benefits as most “claims” were derived from research-based literature. 

RELATED: 5 Things to Know about Delta-8 Tetrahydrocannabinol – Delta-8 THC

With that cleared, let’s see what the industry markets delta 8 for:

  • Delta 8 has a smooth psychoactive experience

Related scientific literature to scan:

1973: Delta-8- and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol; Comparison in man by oral and intravenous administration

  • Boosts appetite

Related scientific literature to scan:

2004: Very low doses of delta 8-THC increase food consumption and alter neurotransmitter levels following weight loss

  • Neuroprotection

Related scientific literature to scan:

1980: Reduction of hippocampal acetylcholine turnover in rats treated with (-)-delta 8-tetrahydrocannabinol and its 1′,2′-dimethyl-heptyl homolog

  • Pain relief

Related scientific literature to scan:

2018: The Cannabinoids Δ8THC, CBD, and HU-308 Act via Distinct Receptors to Reduce Corneal Pain and Inflammation

  • Aids with sleep

Related scientific literature to scan:

1973: The effects of delta8-THC on the EEG, reticular multiple unit activity and sleep of cats

It’s important to note how the NCI defines delta 9:

“An analogue of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), with potential antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective activities. 

Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-8-THC) binds to the cannabinoid G-protein coupled receptor CB1, located in the central nervous system; CB1 receptor activation may inhibit adenyl cyclase, increase mitogen-activated protein kinase activities, modulate several potassium channel conductances and inhibit N- and P/Q-type Ca2+ channels. 

This agent exhibits a lower psychotropic potency than delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-9-THC), the primary form of THC found in cannabis.”

4. What are the available delta 8 products sold commercially?

Delta 8 Tinctures

A tincture is a liquid form of cannabis extracts (in this case, Delta 8). With a relatively fast-onset time of 45 minutes, tinctures are taken sublingually. 

Note: The sublingual method includes placing the liquid under the tongue and holding it there for at least a minute.

Delta 8 Topicals

Delta 8 topicals follow the same principle as other popular cannabinoid topicals such as CBD creams, lotions, shampoo, etc. You simply apply the product on the area you want concentrated. 

In a 2004 comparative study, the researchers found the skin permeabilities of CBD and CBN to be 10-fold higher than for Delta 8-THC. This means cannabinoids like CBD still have the most effective product delivery method through the skin compared to Delta 8. 

Delta 8 Inhalation

Delta 8 is perhaps most known for its inhalation products. Being a psychoactive compound, its fastest-acting effect is found through the use of inhalation products such as delta 8 THC vapes and flowers sprayed with a delta 8 THC distillate.   

Delta 8 Edibles

Some Delta 8 edible manufacturers encountered trouble with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) when they released colorful, cartoony, child-attracting packaging. 

If CBD’s legality is in question, delta 8’s is greyer. 

Is delta 8 illegal?

According to Area52, a premier delta 8 THC brand, here’s a simple thought to take note of when confused about delta 8’s current legal status: 

The 2018 Farm Bill’s Section 297a makes delta 8 tinctures legal under federal law as long as the extract is 100% from industrial hemp and no condemnatory amount of delta 9 THC was mixed in the product. 

Not all state laws agree with Section 297a. Also, no Delta-8 products are FDA approved.

The Wrap

As still a very much “psychoactive” compound, we’re anticipating newer revelations about delta 8 in the future. 

We’re hoping to get an update on how it will evolve legally, whether or not there’ll be changes on how concerned bodies perceive it, and so on. By then, perhaps consumers like you gain a more free but safe cannabinoid market.  

“These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”

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