Delta 8 THC is a relatively new cannabinoid that has been gaining popularity among those looking for the potential therapeutic benefits of cannabis, but without the psychoactive effects. Delta 8 THC is one of over 100 cannabinoids known to exist in the cannabis plant and is becoming increasingly available as an additive in various products.
However, there are some distinct dangers associated with this product, and a lot of unknowns. You should know the facts before you start to use this product, even those that are marketed as “safe”.
In today’s blog post, we will explore what Delta 8 THC is, how it differs from other cannabinoids, and how it can be potentially harmful. We will also discuss some possible side effects and the current legal status of Delta 8 THC products.
What Is Delta 8 THC?
Delta 8 THC is a cannabinoid that occurs naturally in the cannabis plant. It is one of the more than 100 cannabinoids found in cannabis.
Delta 8 THC is an isomer of CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the two main active ingredients in cannabis. Delta 8 THC is similar to THC, but it is less psychoactive. That means it causes less of the “high” that people feel when they use marijuana.
There are three main forms of Delta 8 THC: Delta 8 THC oil, Delta 8 THC gummies, and Delta 8 THC vapes. Delta 8 THC oil is the most potent form of Delta 8 THC. Delta 8 THC gummies are less potent, but they can be confused by children as regular gummies, so if you do choose to use them, keep them stored in a safe place where children cannot get to them. Delta 8 THC vapes are typically the least potent.
Is Delta 8 Safe?
So, is Delta 8 THC safe? In and of itself, there is currently no definitive answer. However, because of current under-regulation and manufacturing processes, we think there are too many unknowns to call it safe. Some studies suggest that Delta 8 THC may have potential therapeutic benefits, but more research is needed to confirm these claims. On the balance, the dangers outweigh the benefits.
Additionally, because Delta 8 THC is similar to Delta 9 THC, there is concern that it could produce some of the same adverse effects, such as anxiety and paranoia. Therefore, it is important to exercise caution if you choose to use products containing Delta 8 THC.
One of the main concerns is that there hasn’t been enough research done on the product to really know. Chemists and other regulators are also specifically concerned with the chemicals used to process and deliver it, and that the market is currently under-regulated.
This means if you do use it, you likely won’t really know what you’re getting.
The Dangers of Delta 8 THC
While Delta-8 THC may not be as potent as THC, it can still produce some psychoactive effects. These effects may include:
Some of these effects may be more pronounced if Delta-8 THC is consumed in large quantities or if it is consumed with other cannabinoids such as CBD or THC.
It is also important to note that Delta-8 THC can interact with other medications you are taking, so it is always important to talk to your doctor before consuming any products that contain this cannabinoid.
Delta-8 THC is often used in products that are marketed as “legal” alternatives to marijuana. However, Delta-8 THC is not natural and is produced using harmful chemicals.
Many of the chemicals used to produce Delta-8 THC are classified as hazardous air pollutants by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These chemicals can cause a variety of health problems, including cancer, respiratory illness, and reproductive damage.
In addition, Delta-8 THC is often sourced from China, where it is produced in unregulated laboratories under dangerous conditions. Workers in these labs are exposed to a variety of health risks, including chemical burns and respiratory illness.
You are also potentially ingesting these chemicals when you use Delta-8 as well. Because of the current state of regulation, it’s almost impossible to tell what you’re actually getting.
Finally, according to the US Food and Drug Administration, “Delta-8 THC products have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA for safe use and may be marketed in ways that put the public health at risk….The FDA has received adverse event reports involving delta-8 THC-containing products.”
In the span of about two years, the FDA has received more than 100 reports of “adverse effects” from people using these products.
The bottom line is that Delta-8 THC, in its current state of under-regulation, is likely not safe. It is produced using harmful chemicals and it puts workers at risk. If you are looking for a safe and legal alternative to marijuana, look elsewhere.
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To conclude, it’s important to be aware of the potential side effects associated with Delta 8 use before you decide to try it for yourself. While it might have future therapeutic benefits, in its current state it is likely not safe to use.
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