Touted as a midway point between CBD and cannabis, the new cannabinoid is all the rage in some states.
But here’s the rub: The Delta-8 THC that’s being sold in stores across the country isn’t a natural product like CBD (or, for that matter, marijuana), says Ross, who describes it as a synthetic, which has the potential to contain toxins.
What exactly is Delta-8 THC?
Because there has been so little research on Delta-8, you just have to take the word of those who have tried it: “You have a lot of the therapeutic effects that we experience with CBD, like relieving stress and anxiety, but you also have a stronger, more calming effect and a powerful pain-management aspect,” says Vince Sanders, the founder and president of the retail chain CBD American Shaman, which sells Delta-8 products. “The benefit is that it doesn’t come with the heart palpitations and paranoia that many people experience from marijuana.”
Once Delta-8 is created, it can be ingested in a number of ways, similar to CBD and marijuana: as a smokable hemp flower sprayed with a Delta-8 extract, in tablets that dissolve under your tongue, in vape cartridges, and in edibles such as gummies and treats. There are even cafes that sell drinks and pastries infused with Delta-8 THC.
So, starting in 2019, companies began selling Delta-8 THC with no legal restrictions, though that is changing every day. As of this writing, 12 states have passed laws specifically banning Delta-8 THC. Other states, including ones in which marijuana is legal, such as New York, Illinois, Oregon and California, are creating regulations that any form of THC, whether Delta-8 or Delta-9, can be sold only if it is tested, verified and sold in a “regulated marketplace,” according to the USCC report.
Next, there’s Delta 8 oil tinctures. If you’ve taken CBD oil before, these are likely very familiar. You just unscrew the cap from the bottle, fill the dropper to the desired amount, squeeze the dropper under your tongue, and then hold it for about 60-90 seconds before swallowing.
Regardless of what method you choose, the standard advice is to “start low and go slow.” You don’t want to overwhelm yourself with too high of a dose. Most beginners start with about 10 mg of Delta 8 before increasing as needed.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a network of cell-signaling receptors that help with the regulation of processes throughout the body. This includes processes carried out by the immune and nervous systems.
Is Delta 8 Legal?
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But what exactly is Delta 8?
Needless to say, it’s strongly recommended that you check your local laws before purchasing any Delta 8 products. There are several states in which the legal status of Delta 8 is still pending and may be subject to change.