September 12, 2022

The Many Wellness Benefits Of Delta-8-THC

You know delta-8 as "weed-lite" or the "chillest of the cannabinoids." But what about all the potential health benefits of this unique compound?

While we love the buzz of a D8 gummy, a clear-headed and relaxed high isn't the only thing going for this cannabinoid. Check out all the whole-body benefits D8 research has yielded!

Pain & Inflammation

A hallmark of cannabis is its ability to reduce pain and inflammation. Delta-8 is no exception. D8 seems to have antinociceptive (blocking pain perception from sensory neurons) and anti-inflammatory (reduce swelling and accompanying pain) effects.(1)

This means that delta-8-THC might relieve pain due to things like arthritis, menstrual cramps, migraines, bruising, and swelling.

If delta-8-THC can effectively treat pain in humans, it would be a major breakthrough. Current pain medications are often addictive and have many side effects. D8 could provide an alternative for those seeking relief. Plus, unlike THC, D8 has a lower psychoactive effect — which might make it more feasible for people taking it on the reg.

Anti-Anxiety

Like other cannabinoids, delta-8 seems to have anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) properties. In a survey, 69% of D8 users said they used the cannabinoid mainly to manage anxiety and panic attacks. And 52% reported using it for stress reduction.(2)

If you're someone who's often overloaded with stress, delta-8 might be a helpful tool in your wellness arsenal.

Nausea Suppression

Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy often face debilitating nausea and vomiting. Research suggests that delta-8-THC is a strong nausea suppressant.

It's shown to be effective at preventing nausea in patients receiving cancer treatment.(3) In one study, the eight children who received D8 treatment had no vomiting and didn't experience any noticeable side effects.

Anti-Seizure

Delta-8 also has shown the potential to be an anticonvulsant. Animal studies have found that D8-treated mice had a significant decrease in seizure activity.(4)

There's already a CBD-based drug (Epidiolex) on the market for seizure disorders — so it's not too much of a stretch to think that D8 has the potential to be used similarly one day.

Anti-Tumor Activity

Several studies have demonstrated the anti-tumor effects of delta-8 THC.(5,6) Cancer research has shown that cannabinoids like delta-8-THC inhibit tumor growth in culture and animal models, without the toxic effects of traditional chemotherapy.(7)

While there are no current cancer-fighting D8 drugs, we're keeping a close eye on any developments in this area.

Appetite & Weight

Delta-8 seems to increase appetite and food intake in animal models. And anecdotal reports suggest that it may have a similar effect in humans.

At the same time, D8 does not seem to promote weight gain in users. Instead, cannabis use is linked with a lower weight. What gives? It might be that while cannabis stimulates appetite in the short term, it interacts with your endocannabinoid system (ECS) in other ways that may push the brakes on fat storage and boost metabolism.(8)

So, delta-8-THC could potentially help those trying to lose weight, not by suppressing appetite but by interacting with the ECS to promote fat burning.

Eye Health

Cannabinoids have been eyed as potential glaucoma treatments since the 1970s. That’s because cannabinoids like delta-8-THC interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors found in the eye.(9)

In a study on rabbits given delta-8-THC, researchers found that intraocular pressure — a key risk factor for developing glaucoma — was reduced.(10)

Sleep Support

Cannabis research suggests that THC might help increase time spent in deep sleep (that sweet slumber that leaves you feeling refreshed in the morning).(11)

Because delta-8-THC and THC (delta-9) are so structurally similar, we may expect D8 to have similar effects on the sleep cycle.

What Do Real D8 Users Have To Say About The Health Effects?

We're proud of these 100% organic and vegan D8 gummies. But don't take our word for it.

Here's what our customers say delta-8 does for their wellness:

"Delta-8 has changed my life. The anxiety I’ve always had is gone. The joint pain that made me consider opiate pain medication is gone." — Carol McDowell

"I suffer from anxiety and these gummies have been a huge game changer for me." — Shayla

"Ever since I started using Delta-8 gummies, my night sleep has been so peaceful. I fall asleep and don’t wake until morning. They taste great, too." — Denise Weber

How To Harness The Potential Physical Benefits of Delta-8-THC

So you want to give delta-8 a try? It comes in several forms including D8 tinctures, D8-infused cannabis flower, D8 gummies, and more.

Whichever form of delta-8 you choose, do your research and buy from a reputable source. You want to be sure you're getting a product that's high quality for the most potential health benefits.

Here are some guidelines for adding D8 to your wellness regimen:

  • Find delta-8-THC sourced from 100% organic domestic-grown hemp.
  • Check that the product is lab-tested (look for that Certificate of Analysis) for purity and potency.
  • Start with a low dose and increase gradually as needed.
  • Be aware that delta-8-THC can make you feel "high" so go slow at first and use it in a safe environment.
  • You may need to test different products, doses, and frequencies to find the best fit for your needs.
  • Talk to your doctor before adding D8 to your wellness routine, especially if you take medication or have a medical condition.

Delta-8, Gr8 For The Body & Mind

We still have a lot to learn about this powerful cannabinoid. But what we do know is that it has a plethora of potential benefits for both the brain and body.

If you're interested in all delta-8 has to offer, be sure to buy all-organic, hemp-derived delta-8-THC from a trustworthy retailer. And as always, consult your doctor before trying anything new!

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References

  1. Thapa, D, et al. (2018). The Cannabinoids Δ8THC, CBD, and HU-308 Act via Distinct Receptors to Reduce Corneal Pain and Inflammation. Cannabis and cannabinoid research. https://doi.org/10.1089/can.2017.0041
  2. Kruger, DJ, et al. (2021). Consumer Experiences with Delta-8-THC: Medical Use, Pharmaceutical Substitution, and Comparisons with Delta-9-THC. Cannabis and cannabinoid research. https://doi.org/10.1089/can.2021.0124
  3. Abrahamov, A, et al. (1995). An efficient new cannabinoid antiemetic in pediatric oncology. Life sciences. https://doi.org/10.1016/0024-3205(95)00194-b
  4. Colasanti, BK, et al. (1982). Effects of marihuana cannabinoids on seizure activity in cobalt-epileptic rats. Pharmacology, biochemistry, and behavior. https://doi.org/10.1016/0091-3057(82)90418-x
  5. (2021). National Cancer Institute. Cannabis and Cannabinoids (PDQ) - Health Professional Version. https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/cam/hp/cannabis-pdq
  6. Munson, AE, et al. (1975). Antineoplastic activity of cannabinoids. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. https://doi.org/10.1093/jnci/55.3.597
  7. Guzmán, M. (2003). Cannabinoids: potential anticancer agents. Nature reviews. Cancer. https://doi.org/10.1038/nrc1188
  8. Clark, TM, et al. (2018). Theoretical Explanation for Reduced Body Mass Index and Obesity Rates in Cannabis Users. Cannabis and cannabinoid research. https://doi.org/10.1089/can.2018.0045
  9. Passani, A, et al. (2020). Cannabinoids in Glaucoma Patients: The Never-Ending Story. Journal of clinical medicine. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm9123978
  10. Muchtar, S, et al. (1992). A submicron emulsion as ocular vehicle for delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol: effect on intraocular pressure in rabbits. Ophthalmic research. https://doi.org/10.1159/000267160
  11. Pacheco, D. (2022). Using Marijuana As A Sleep Aid. Sleep Foundation. https://www.sleepfoundation.org/sleep-aids/marijuana-and-sleep

 



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