Delta-Eight THC: Advantages, How It Works, and Scientific Findings


Delta-8 THC has caught the attention of many in recent years. Although this cannabinoid is still overshadowed by the much more popular and widely used Delta-9 THC and CBD, it promises something entirely new and invisible with its own benefits.

Although it is becoming more popular and products are only becoming available, it is helpful to know some necessary information about Delta-8. Here’s everything you need to know about what Delta-8 THC is, how it works, and the benefits and effects it has.

Then you can decide whether or not this cannabinoid is the right choice for you. However, most people praise Delta-8 THC as the perfect cannabinoid that provides ultimate relaxation without paranoia or increased anxiety.

About Delta 8-THC

Delta-8 THC is one of the hundreds of cannabinoids available in the cannabis plant. Like Delta-9 THC and CBD, Delta-8 THC is a cannabinoid or natural chemical found in cannabis plants. Although Delta-9 and CBD are much more common in use and have therefore recently been studied and researched more closely, other cannabinoids have recently received considerable attention and interest from other cannabis lovers.

One of them is Delta-8 THC, or a weaker version of the infamous Delta-9. Although people often ignore Delta-8 as the same thing as Delta-9, these two cannabinoids are chemically different, resulting in different effects.

However, scientists looked at Delta-8 and 9 to find out the differences between the two and how they work in our bodies.

Ultimately, Delta-8 THC is unique and offers a number of benefits. Although similar to Delta-9, there is a critical contrast in terms of side effects that separate these two cannabinoids.

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How Delta-8 THC works

Delta-8 THC has a unique molecular structure that reacts to the cannabinoid receptors of the endocannabinoid system throughout the human body and provides a specific effect. Delta-8 has a double bond on the eighth carbon chain that provides all positive THC effects, but no psychoactive ones.

It does this by binding to CB1 and CB2 receptors that are distributed throughout the human body. CB1 receptors are primarily located in the brain, while CB2 receptors can be found via the immune and digestive systems.

Due to its molecular structure, Delta-8 THC binds more to CB2 receptors than to CB1 receptors, giving it numerous benefits for the body and fewer side effects affecting the CB1 receptors in the brain.

Ultimately, this will highlight the health benefits of Delta-8 THC while minimizing its psychoactive effects.

The benefits of Delta-8 THC

Because Delta-8 THC focuses on CB2 receptors, its health benefits are numerous.

First, Delta-8 can improve our physical health. It reduces inflammation and relieves various types of pain. It’s also widely used to stimulate appetite as it has a profound effect on the CB2 receptors in the digestive system.

In addition, Delta-8 THC slightly affects the CB1 receptors in the brain, which means that it has some psychoactive effects. However, Delta-8 only has a THC content of up to 0.3% and is therefore only partially connected to CB1 receptors. This makes Delta-8 THC less potent, but still effective.

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Because of this, Delta-8 is an excellent choice for improving mood, treating anxiety, and fighting depression without any side effects. Ingesting a little more Delta-9 than usual can increase anxiety and paranoia, which are the main drawbacks. Delta-8 has none of these side effects and provides a relaxing but clear experience every time.

Delta-8 is much easier to control, and people say they often experience a sense of clarity, focus, and the ability to get their daily chores done. The light effect on CB1 receptors is perfect for calming the mind. However, be careful not to overdo it.

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Scientific proof

Delta-8 THC has not been as explored as some other cannabinoids in the past. However, recent studies are trying to shed more light on this valuable cannabinoid.

In this study, scientists discovered the less harmful psychoactive effects of Delta-8 compared to Delta-9 THC. It was also here that Delta-8 was discovered to have a positive impact on people fighting cancer as it combats various side effects of chemotherapy such as nausea and vomiting.

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Further studies showed increased appetite stimulation that Delta-8 THC had in a series of experiments on mice. In addition, it made an impact on food consumption with no side effects related to THC.


All in all, it’s safe to say that Delta-8 THC is getting more and more attention from both scientists and users. The main move in Delta-8’s favor was in 2018 when the US Farm Bill legalized total THC levels up to 0.3%, including Delta-8.

After all, the numerous health benefits Delta-8 can provide without the side effects often associated with cannabinoids has been talked about for decades.

This article originally appeared in the Green Market Report and was republished with permission.


Beth Edmonds