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What Is Delta 8 THC & Is it Safe? The Pot Alternative On The Rise

Delta 8, the popular pot alternative is on the rise - but is it safe?

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There’s a new kind of weed on the market that contains what’s known as Delta 8 THC, which is basically the less invasive cousin of the regular and well-known Delta 9 THC.

Delta 9 THC is the regular THC in cannabis and related products sold on the legal market, but there’s been a rise in research and studies surrounding its less psychoactive cousin, Delta 8 THC. Both of these substances carry a similar chemical makeup, but there’s a slight difference in their atomic bond arrangements.

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Delta 8 THC Effects

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Delta 8 THC’s double bond is found on the 8th chain, whereas Delta 9 THC’s double bond is on the ninth chain. This results in minor changes, making Delta 8 roughly half as potent as Delta 9. Because of this, Delta 8 is also linked with less harmful side effects like anxiety and paranoia.

Delta 8 THC is known for its various health benefits, including the following:

  • Less stress and anxiety
  • Appetite booster
  • Better sleep quality
  • Curbs nausea and vomiting
  • Lifts mood
  • Potential aid to support cancer treatment side effects
  • Reduces inflammation

Since Delta 8 contains a lower potency than Delta 9, there have been jokes made about how Delta 8 is “cannabis light,” similar to light beer. But, Delta 8 still gets the user high; the result is just a more clear, smoother, and focussed sensation that targets the body instead of the mind.

The resulting high does depend on the dose. A lower dose like 5-10 mg will offer a more mild sensation, perfect for daytime use. However, high doses of more than 30 mg will make the user moderately intoxicated, slightly lazy or cough-locked, and deeply relaxed.

Is Delta 8 THC Safe?

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There are currently no reportings of severe or life-threatening effects caused by Delta 8 THC. The safety profile is adequate, but the only problem with the cannabinoid is that there isn’t enough third-party laboratory testing to examine whether these products contain harmful contaminants.

As mentioned above, the resulting high from Delta 8 THC depends on the dosage. When taking a higher dosage, the user will feel effects like euphoria, an inability to perceive time correctly, and motor function impairment.

This means that driving after consuming Delta 8 THC is still illegal and very dangerous. We should also note that Delta 8 THC can negatively interact with prescription medications like blood thinners, anti-cholesterol drugs, and diabetes medications.

December 06, 2021
Written by BuzzMusic
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