Delta-8-THC is a chemical compound found within cannabis. Though the cannabinoid is only found in trace amounts, delta-8-THC can provide much-needed relief when it is isolated. When it comes to delta-8-THC’s relation to delta-9-THC, the molecular structure is only slightly different, but important.
Delta-8-THC is psychoactive, but the head high is less intense compared to delta-9-THC. Patients typically describe the high from delta-8-THC as a more mellow experience. The psychoactive effects associated with the cannabinoid do not induce anxiety. Researchers believe the high associated with delta-8-THC is more enjoyable compared to delta-9-THC. This fact could bring individuals who want to try this cannabinoid some reassurance that it will not be an intense experience.
Through research, delta-8-THC has been found to combine with CB1 receptors that are located mainly in the nervous system. This fact could explain the reason why delta-8-THC is excellent at reducing nausea and vomiting. In a study conducted in 1995, Dr. Raphael Mechoulan administered delta-8-THC to eight children battling different hematologic cancers. All children, ages ranging from three to thirteen years old, were exposed to chemotherapy and a variety of different drugs about eight months before the study. The results of the study showed that vomiting was stopped entirely for the patients.
The cannabinoid also had no known side-effects. This study shows the enormous potential delta-8-THC has for individuals who experience nausea and vomiting. Delta-8-THC has the potential to improve the quality of life for individuals trying to fight a variety of illnesses.
An animal study on mice with lung cancer showed that after a 20-day treatment period, the tumors reduced in size from the mice taking delta-8-THC. Not only does this cannabinoid hold anti-nausea and anti-vomiting properties, but it holds anticancer properties. Delta-8-THC could prevent tumors from growing, which could reduce further symptoms. Research has also been done on delta-8-THC’s effect on stimulating the appetite, which showed positive results.
Delta-8-THC is beginning to show a variety of potential benefits for a number of disorders, Other research indicates it may even help with anxiety and stress related disorders. This is excellent news for anyone looking for an alternative and safe method to help them with mental health issues.