We hear a lot about Delta-8 THC helping with pain.
While there have been some studies with CBD and Delta-9 THC, there’s been very little research about Delta-8.
A few studies with mice, however, support the anecdotal evidence that D8 helps with pain and inflammation.
Delta-8 is a minor cannabinoid that occurs naturally in the hemp plant, but in very small amounts — not enough to extract.
So if it can’t be extracted, where does it come from?
CBD is converted to Delta-8-THC through a process called “isomerization,” a process that’s been around for decades.
People sometimes accuse D8 of being a synthetic. It’s not. It’s in the plant, and when extracted properly, is a wholly natural cannabinoid.
The good news is that CBD is abundant in the hemp plant, which is federally legal. The resin in hemp flower generally contains between 15% to 25 % CBD.
While Delta-8 has been sold as Delta-8 for only a couple of years, it’s been around for awhile because Delta-9, the primary cannabinoid in marijuana, has been around for awhile. Delta-9 degrades to Delta-8. This means that if D9 flower sits around for a few months, it’s probably D8 — and we’re guessing people have consumed a fair amount of D8 that way.
It’s an arbitrary number, anyway. According to the law, a cannabis plant with over .03% Delta-9 is marijuana. If it’s less that .03%, it’s hemp. That’s the difference.
The surface has barely been scratched when it comes to scientific evidence indicating how various cannabinoids can be used for different ailments and effects.
In the meantime, we’ll continue learning from people who use the products and report on their experiences.
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