If you suffer from an autoimmune disease, Delta-8 THC may offer some relief and support.
Delta 8interacts with the receptors of the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is responsible for helping to maintain the other major body systems, including the nervous system and the immune system. Research has shown that marijuana affects healthy and compromised immune systems differently. Low doses of delta-8 THC have been found to stimulate appetite more than delta-9 THC, which is the cannabinoid that cannabis is best known for.
These properties are beneficial for people with autoimmune diseases, as inflammation is a common symptom of these conditions. Additionally, delta-8 is much less likely to induce anxiety at high doses than its better-known counterpart, delta-9 THC. Studies have also suggested that a hyper response develops to the immunosuppressive activity of delta 8-THC. Drugs that inhibit anxiety are called anxiolytics, and THC delta-8 is classified as an “analog of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic and neuroprotective properties”.
This means that the NIH considers this cannabinoid to have anxiolytic properties (among others). Research is being done on CBD for the treatment of autoimmune diseases, and there is promising research that suggests that it could help with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. While there is some evidence that CBD could work as an immunosuppressant, there is little research on whether it can help stimulate a weak or compromised immune system. At this time, there is no specific research on THC delta-8 as a treatment for opioid addiction, but there is hope that certain cannabinoids may be useful in the fight against opioid addiction.
We won't know if delta-8 can help treat opioid addiction until more research is done on the subject, but so far, the outlook is promising.