WHAT IS DELTA 8 TETRAHYDROCANNABINOL THC?

AN INTRODUCTION TO DELTA-8-THC

If you have ever used medical marijuana or recreational marijuana, the odds are that you’ve likely heard of THC. While most folks know the term Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) they aren’t necessarily familiar with the terms delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol and Delta-9-THC. Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol and Delta-9-THC differ chemically by only a couple of atomic bonds, but combined constitute what is commonly known at THC.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DELTA-8-THC AND DELTA-9-THC?

Delta-8-THC is just as potent as Delta-9-THC but naturally occurs in smaller concentrations within the plant. While they are very similar, there are some notable distinctions, and scientists are learning how to isolate, manipulate, and test the amounts of these particular compounds to create products that have more use for different applications

For example, Delta-8-THC is a far better anti-nausea treatment than Delta-9-THC. Researchers have seen amazing results when giving this phytocompound to children who were about to undergo chemotherapy treatment. The treatment resulted in nearly zero vomiting among all of the child patients it was given to. Additionally, they saw that the psychotropic effects on these children were lower when given Delta-8-THC versus Delta-9-THC.

While both of the Delta-TCH compounds are psychoactive and bond to the Cannabinoid Receptor 1 (CB1) receptors in the brain, researchers have found that Delta-8-THC produces a lower psychotropic response than Delta-9-THC. As a result, Delta-8-THC is able to provide medicinal benefits with a mellower high in comparison to the deep mental stimulation that can come from higher concentrations of Delta-9.

“scientists are learning how to isolate, manipulate, and test the amounts of these particular compounds to create products that have more use for different applications. “

ABOUT THC

THC is one of many cannabinoids found within cannabis. The cannabis plant is from a family of flowering plants of the Cannabaceae family which is comprised of roughly 170 different species including hemp and cannabis. These are sub-grouped into genres of plants. There are 11 known genres and one of the genres is cannabis.

THC is one of the many cannabinoid phytocompounds that is naturally formed within cannabis plants. There are at least 113 cannabinoids found in hemp and marijuana as well as phytocompounds within the plants that are not cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are compounds with a distinct molecular structure which are found within the cannabis family exclusively. In addition to THC-Delta-9 and THC-Delta-8, a few of the more prevalent cannabinoids being studied right now are:

  • CBGA (Cannabigerolic acid)
  • CBCVA (Cannabichromevarinic acid)
  • THCA (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinolic acid)
  •  CBDVA (Cannabidivarinic acid)
  • CBDA (Cannabidiolic acid)
  • THCVA (Tetrahydrocannabivarin acid)
  • CBGVA (Cannabigerovarinic acid)
 

“THC is one of many cannabinoids found within cannabis. The cannabis plant is from a family of flowering plants of the Cannabaceae family which is comprised of roughly 170 different species including hemp and cannabis. “

WHY USE THC?

  • THC is a neuroprotectant. Neuroprotectants work to coat and protect the neural pathways like a coat of armor.
  • It fights anxiety, making it an anxiolytic.
  • It helps to fight and relieve pain, much like an analgesic.
  • It fights nausea when Delta-8-THC is present.
 

THC has many more potential benefits aside from these, and research is ongoing. As scientists are able to isolate the compounds and test them separately and in different combinations, there is no doubt that additional uses will be discovered.