Delta-8 has made quite a name for itself due to the 2018 Farm Bill considering it to be legal, even in states where Delta-9-THC – the more common THC variant – is illegal.
The main difference in the effects of Delta 8 THC and CBD is their effects upon consumption. While Delta 8 THC provides a milder high, CBD does not have any psychoactive high stimulating effects. Moreover, the depth of studies on each chemical greatly differs.
Delta 8 THC is a new compound to the scientific world, explaining the lack of research on its effects and potential benefits. Contrarily, CBD has been a pioneer in the cannabis industry and is a favorite among users for its therapeutic effects.
If you want to know more about CBD and Delta 8, keep reading!
Is Delta 8 Different From CBD?
There are crucial differences between Delta 8 THC and CBD that should not be ignored. These include their effects on our bodies, their molecular structure, and their presence in hemp plants.
Effects Of CBD And Delta 8
Our body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that interacts with the nervous system to trigger different effects mainly in our brain.
While THC binds with CB1 receptors in the brain resulting in stimulating effects, CBD interacts with CB1 receptor to change the shape of the binding site.
According to the British Journal of Pharmacology, the changes in the shape of the binding site prevent CB1 antagonists, including THC, to interact with the receptor.
Therefore, this explains why CBD does not have any stimulating effects compared to Delta 8 THC.
Both CBD and Delta 8 have the same molecular formula, C21H30O2.
However, the molecular structure of CBD and Delta 8 THC is an apparent difference between the two compounds.
According to PubChem, Delta 8 has a cyclic ring made of carbon atoms and has a double bond on the 8th carbon, as its name suggests.
In contrast, CBD has a hydroxyl group instead of a cyclic ring as shown in PubChem.
Since the cyclic ring and hydroxyl group result in different molecular shapes, the interactions between the ECS and the cannabinoids will vary.
Presence In Hemp Plants
Both CBD and Delta 9 THC are found in high levels in hemp plants in their acid form, THCA and CBDA.
On the other hand, Delta 8 can only be found in small trace concentrations among hemp plants.
To counteract this issue, manufacturers make Delta 8 from CBD through a series of processes, namely extraction, isolation, and distillation.
Does Delta 8 Contain CBD?
Unless specified in the product description, pure Delta 8 distillate does not contain any CBD concentrations in the distillate.
As mentioned above, CBD undergoes several processes to be converted into Delta 8 THC.
CBD is first extracted from hemp plants at high concentrations in the form of an acid CBDA.
After extracting CBD, lab technicians will isolate the compound and distill the CBD derivative to obtain and/or convert to Delta 8.
Yet, the process does not end here.
To ensure that there is no CBD unsynthesized in the mixture, multiple tests are done and recorded for standard control and evidence.
If the distillate shows traces of CBD, it is instantly sent back to repeat the process.
However, if you are still doubting that your Delta 8 product contains CBD, we recommend that you test your product in a third-party laboratory.
Lucky for you, at Longleaf Provisions Company, you are guaranteed that our Delta 8 gummies are made of pure Delta 8 THC only.
Benefits of Delta 8
Like its cousin Delta 9 THC, Delta 8 has an extensive range of benefits, such as soothing effects, appetite-stimulating effects, and reduction of the occasional nausea.
According to a study from the Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research Journal, the researchers found that Delta 8 had soothing effects on mice suffering from corneal pain.
The study shows that Delta 8 can soothe minor aches and pains to a limited extent.
Therefore, we advise you to contact your doctor if you are considering taking Delta 8 to relieve mild pain.
Moreover, the Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior Journal showed that Delta 8 helped increase appetite among rats.
The study states that at low doses, the rats consumed more food and improved their cognitive abilities.
They also observed that the rats did not experience any side effects after taking Delta 8.
Finally, researchers from the Life Science Journal observed that Delta 8 helped reduce vomiting among eight children.
The participants also experienced minor side effects during the experiment.
Benefits of CBD
CBD is known for its therapeutic properties, including its anti-acne, minor pain-relieving, and calming properties.
The Psychopharmacology Journal reported that CBD can stimulate the production of serotonin in rats.
These findings suggest that CBD has potentially calming and relaxing effects when consumed.
The calming effects of CBD provide promising prospects for the future of the mental health medical field.
CBD can also decrease acne among some people.
The Journal of Clinical Investigation showed that CBD interacts with receptors and sebocytes in the skin.
This interaction decreases the production of sebum in the skin.
With a decrease in excess sebum, the pores in the skin are less likely to be clogged by sebum, dust, and dead skin cells, leading to a decrease in acne.
There is some evidence that CBD can also relieve pain in some instances.
As stated in the Journal of Pain Research, CBD was studied as a pain-reliever among eighteen trials.
While the study concluded that CBD can decrease pain to a certain degree, the participants also experienced side effects such as dry mouth and drowsiness.
Therefore, before consuming CBD as a pain reliever, it is recommended that you discuss with your physician the effects of CBD on your health condition.
Why You’d Use CBD And/Or Delta 8?
Using CBD and Delta 8 can improve your quality of life to a certain extent.
With their promising pain-relieving, appetite-stimulating, anti-acne, and anti-nausea properties, you can use both CBD and Delta 8 for several reasons.
It can be as simple as wanting to relax and feel calmer, or for its effects on your skin.
Yet, before embarking on the journey of using the compounds for their benefits, consult your physician.
In some cases, both cannabinoids can interact with specific drugs leading to allergies and even toxicity (during large doses).