Delta 8 THC is a powerful relaxant that can help relieve stress, improve concentration and sleep patterns, reduce pain, anxiety, and nausea, and increase appetite. It is a cannabinoid found in small amounts in hemp and cannabis plants, and is often converted from other compounds such as CBD. Delta 8 binds to CB1 receptors throughout the body, which are part of the endocannabinoid system that helps regulate homeostasis. In 2004, researchers analyzed the effect of delta-8 on appetite control and found that even low doses stimulated an increase in food intake.
A 1995 study also showed that delta-8 had no negative side effects while eliminating nausea. In fact, it was used to treat children undergoing chemotherapy for cancer with a 100% success rate in reducing nausea (more than 480 treatments in total). Delta 8 also binds to CB2 receptors throughout the body, which helps the cannabinoid convince the body to better regulate pain and anxiety. It also increases choline and acetylcholine levels, which may be useful in the treatment of degenerative mental illnesses.
It improves the generation and growth of neurons, which improves brain health. Compared to THC, delta-8 THC appears to provide similar levels of relaxation and pain relief while causing slightly lower levels of euphoria. It also produces 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.
Products containing delta-8 may also contain delta-9 and delta-10 THC, a compound that is little known about. However, a key difference is that delta-8-THC is one of more than dozens of minor cannabinoids, while delta-9-THC is a major cannabinoid. Although there is no definitive evidence to suggest what delta-8-THC can help with, it appears to be beneficial for appetite control, reducing nausea, relieving pain and anxiety, improving concentration and sleep patterns, and treating degenerative mental illnesses. It is important to note that synthetically produced delta-8-THC may not be safe and should be used with caution.
If a child eats or is exposed to Delta-8 products, such as gummies or candy, seek immediate medical attention.