The most well-known cannabinoid in cannabis is THC or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, but another similar compound, delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol is gaining some attention. Similar to THC it also has many known benefits.
Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol creates a mild stoned feeling, though nothing close to THC, and is also a potent appetite stimulant and anti-nausea treatment. It binds to both CB1 and CB2 receptors in your body, producing physical and mental effects. However, there are only fractions of a percent of delta-8 in most cannabis strains.
A study conducted in 1995 found delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol to be an effective agent in relieving the symptoms of chemotherapy. Eight children between the ages of 3-13 were given the compound two hours before their treatment. Vomiting was eliminated, and other side effects were barely noticeable.
Extraction companies are taking notice of the value of delta-8. One extractor based out of Washington state, Oleum Extracts, is producing a cartridge called “AquaTek Delta-8 THC”. It’s 58% delta-8-THC, 7.9% delta-9-THC, and 0.35% CBD.
According to Oleum’s CEO, Graham Jennings “Our goal is to refine and isolate as many cannabis compounds as we can–delta-8 just happened to catch our attention because of its novelty and potential benefits to the consumer.”
Cannabis has hundreds of beneficial cannabinoids and delta-8 is one that certainly deserves the spotlight it’s receiving.
Shasta Nelson is a California Native and a cannabis connoisseur. She's been involved in the industry at every level since she was a teenager. Currently she provides content for Roottie, DOPE Magazine, and Terpenes and Testing. She's also a creative writer, with a graphic novel underway.