Delta 8 THC is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant that has been gaining popularity in recent years. It is similar to delta 9 THC, the most commonly known cannabinoid, but has a slightly different molecular structure. Respondents in a study reported that delta-8 THC had all the benefits of cannabis and fewer negative effects. In their study, 71% of users reported “a lot or a lot of relaxation, and 68% said they had euphoria.
More than half received pain relief. It is important for consumers to know that delta-8 THC products have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA for safe use in any setting. They can be marketed in ways that endanger public health and, above all, should be kept out of reach of children and pets. The FDA is aware of the growing concern around delta-8 THC products currently being sold online and in stores.
These products have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA for safe use in any context. Some concerns include variability in product formulations and labeling, content of other cannabinoids and terpenes, and varying concentrations of delta-8 THC. In addition, some of these products may simply be labeled as “hemp products”, which may mislead consumers who associate “hemp” with “non-psychoactive”. In addition, the FDA is concerned about the proliferation of products containing delta-8 THC that are marketed for therapeutic or medical uses, although they have not been approved by the FDA.
The sale of unapproved products with unsubstantiated therapeutic claims is not only a violation of federal law, but may also put consumers at risk, as these products have not been shown to be safe or effective. This misleading marketing of unproven treatments raises significant public health concerns because patients and other consumers may use them instead of approved therapies to treat serious or even fatal diseases. Delta-8 THC has psychoactive and intoxicating effects, similar to delta-9 THC (i.e. tetrahydrocannabinol).
The FDA is aware of media reports that delta-8 THC products are making consumers ill. The FDA is also concerned that delta-8 THC products will expose consumers to much higher levels of the substance than those found naturally in raw hemp and cannabis extracts. Therefore, the historical use of cannabis cannot be relied upon to establish a level of safety for these products in humans. The FDA is actively working with federal and state partners to further address concerns related to these products and to monitor the market for complaints about products, adverse events and other emerging cannabis-derived products that may be of concern.
FDA will warn consumers about public health and safety issues and take action, when necessary, when FDA-regulated products violate the law. Compared to THC, THC delta-8 appears to provide similar levels of relaxation and pain relief. While it seems to cause slightly lower levels of euphoria, it also appears to produce fewer cognitive distortions, such as altered sense of time, short-term memory problems, and difficulty concentrating. Participants were also much less likely to experience distressing mental states, such as anxiety and paranoia.
Many participants commented on how they could use delta-8 THC and remain productive, while they tended to use THC products recreationally, given their more potent mind-altering effects. According to the National Cancer Institute, delta-8 THC can bind to the CB1 receptor throughout the body. These receptors are part of our endocannabinoid system, which helps our body regulate and maintain homeostasis. In 2004, researchers analyzed the effect of delta-8 on appetite control.
They concluded with the trial, noting that even low doses of delta-8 stimulated an increase in food intake. We know from a 1995 study that delta-8 seems to have no negative side effects while eliminating nausea; children undergoing chemotherapy for cancer saw a 100% success rate in reducing nausea (more than 480 treatments in total). As we mentioned above, Delta 8 binds to CB1 receptors throughout the body; some researchers have observed that it also connects to CB2 receptors. Its binding capacity is what helps the cannabinoid convince the body to better regulate pain and anxiety.
Delta-8 THC users report that using delta-8 produces a softer high that improves focus; they may experience many effects similar to those of delta-9 THC including happiness, relief, euphoria, and uplifting but these effects are less strong. Delta-8 may also be useful for people suffering from insomnia. Researchers believe that THC delta 8 may be an effective adjunct treatment for the side effects of conventional cancer therapies due to its effects on appetite control and nausea reduction; however some people are very reactive to the Delta 9 THC found in marijuana which means they get anxious with high doses. The affinity for both CB1 and CB2 receptors makes Delta 8 THC have similar health benefits as Delta 9 THC and CBD; so yes based on personal experience alone I would say that Delta 8 gummies make you high but the high is less intense than smoking traditional flower joints or eating traditional edibles.
Edible producers normally dose their gummies with Delta 8 THC to be more than twice as strong as gummies containing Delta 9 THC reflecting their belief that Delta 8 is less than half as strong as Delta 9 THC; Tetrahydrocannabinol Delta 9 is more potent than Delta 8 and accounts for most of the naturally occurring THC in cannabis plants making it easier to extract which explains why it is most commonly smoked.