With the different items on the market being released marketed as hemp or CBD, also known as cannabidiol, questions often start to arise whether they are legal or prohibited. This is especially true for Delta-8, which is a type of cannabinoid. It has been marketed as a derivative of hemp, but what is the truth?
Well, as you can probably expect, the reality is a bit murkier. There is not as much of a cut and dry conversation surrounding this chemical as there is for hemp or cannabidiols because Delta-8 is a type of THC.
So, if you want to learn more about this, make sure that you continue reading. While you can look at websites such as this one, I will do my best to offer my own perspectives as well. I find that reading testimonies from other consumers tends to help me out when I am doing research.
What is THC?
Before I can tell you what it is, let me explain what it stands for. It is tetrahydrocannabinol. It comes from cannabis plants, which have multiple different strains and types. The ones that most of us know are, of course, hemp and marijuana.
So, what is THC, then? Or, more accurately, what effect does it have on the human body? Well, it is the chemical in these plants that is responsible for giving psychoactive effects on our minds. Most of us know it as giving us a “high,” which is often associated with feelings of extreme happiness or joy.
What is Delta-8?
As I mentioned previously, it is a type of THC. However, it does not naturally occur in very high concentrations in most cannabis plants. That means that it has to be created from hemp plants that are specially cultivated.
What does this mean, though? Well, notably, it does mean that items that contain delta-8 can get you high. However, it is a milder sensation than that of pure cannabis. That is why it is often called “diet” weed.
In addition to that, the traditional side effects that do come with use of THC compounds are less severe when using delta-8 varieties of tetrahydrocannabinols. Usually those are things such as heightened feelings of anxiety, nausea, or feeling hungry or drowsy.
What is the Appeal?
So, now that you understand what it is, you may be wondering what the appeal behind it is. If you look at Hifi Farms’ website, you can see some potential examples of this. That being said, most of the appeal comes from the fact that it can provide a high, but it is not as strong or potentially harmful as other types of cannabidiols.
What is the Verdict – is it Legal?
If you found what I had to say earlier in this article appealing, I have good news for you. The selling of delta-8 is legal and largely unregulated. Why is that, when most other THC products are so highly watched and regulated?
Well, it has everything to do with the fact that it comes from hemp plants rather than traditional cannabis. So, that means that it does not fall under the traditional THC umbrella. Of course, retailers that specialize in hemp products can sell delta-8 things then. However, what are the implications here for consumers?
The biggest thing to remember is that while there are plenty of things out on the market that contain delta 8, the Food and Drug Administration has not approved it for use for treating any ailments. There will always be some risk when it comes to using anything that contains this chemical.
You can find out a bit more about how that works on this page, https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/what-is-delta-8. I think that understanding the compounds that we consume is important, seeing as we are ingesting them into our bodies. That is doubly true when it comes to chemicals like the one that we have discussed so far today.
Despite these warnings, though, there are still reasons to utilize this compound. There is not significant evidence that it is dangerous or harmful. Rather, it is okay to use recreationally and for self-applied medicinal purposes. That might be part of why it is contained in so many newly developed products.
There are even vape cartridges that have delta-8 refills for anyone that is curious about them. I think that if it is something that interests you, it is probably worth investigating more. The resources that I linked can help, of course, but there is still more to figure out about it. Honestly, research can be a true joy if it is something that you are into!
So, if you have enjoyed reading this article and do want to learn more, make sure that you continue to read up on delta-8, THC, and hemp in general.