Delta 8 THC is a powerful relaxant that can help relieve stress, improve concentration and sleep patterns, reduce pain, anxiety, and nausea, and increase appetite. It is important for consumers to be aware that Delta 8 THC products have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA for safe use in any context. The FDA is concerned about the proliferation of products containing Delta 8 THC that are marketed for therapeutic or medical uses, even though they have not been approved by the FDA. Selling unapproved products with baseless therapeutic claims is not only a violation of federal law, but it can also put consumers at risk.
In addition, Delta 8 THC has psychoactive and intoxicating effects, similar to Delta 9 THC. The FDA is aware of media reports on products containing Delta 8 THC that they “place” and is concerned that these products may expose consumers to much higher levels of the substance than those found naturally in raw hemp and cannabis extracts. Therefore, the historical use of cannabis cannot be relied upon to establish a level of safety for these products in humans. Delta 8 THC users report that the use of D8 produces a milder effect that improves concentration.
They may experience many effects similar to those of the delta-9 of THC, such as happiness, relief, euphoria and stimulation, but these effects are less strong. The D8 may also be useful for people who suffer from insomnia. Most researchers believe that delta-8 is about half the potency of delta-9, and some researchers have found that some delta-8 flowers have only 10% of the potency. The benefits and effects of the distillate benefit both medical and recreational users, and illustrate the power of the individual chemical components of cannabis.
Researchers believe that the medicinal properties of Delta-8 THC may be twice as potent as those of delta-9 THC. Because delta-8 has fewer side effects, you can enjoy many of the same benefits without losing functionality or productivity. Edible producers of THC delta-8 typically dose their gummies to be more than twice as strong as gummies containing delta-9 THC, reflecting their belief that delta-8 THC is less than half as strong as delta-9 THC. Delta-8 THC has become more popular because of its properties similar to those of THC, which people use because of its ability to generate happiness, euphoria, sedation and symptom relief. However, experts say that these benefits are mainly due to word of mouth and that there is no research on how they affect health.
Because Delta-8 increases levels of choline and acetylcholine, it may also be useful in treating degenerative mental health conditions. The FDA is actively working with federal and state partners to further address concerns related to these products and to monitor the market for complaints about products, adverse events, and other emerging cannabis-derived products that may be a cause for concern. The FDA will warn consumers about public health and safety issues and will take action when necessary when products regulated by the FDA violate the law. Because of its many benefits, Delta 8 THC should be more accessible to more people, especially in states where marijuana (THC) and CBD are already legal. Sign up for Consumer Update email notifications to stay informed about public health issues related to Delta 8 THC.