In the cannabis market, both edibles (gummies specifically) and Delta 8 THC are undeniably popular products, and they only continue to gain recognition as trending wellness products that are both fun, and good for your health.
So, what happens when you combine these two trends into some potent, delicious, and discreet Delta 8 THC gummies? Well, then you have the best of both worlds. A type of vitamin gummy that you can take anywhere, they offer numerous therapeutic benefits and a mild high, all while allowing you to remain focused and keep things on the legal side of the spectrum. Does it get any better than that?
What is Delta 8 THC?
Before we really dive into the information about gummies, it’s important to know exactly what Delta 8 THC is, and how it’s different from Delta 9 THC that you would find at most dispensaries. Delta 8 THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is a naturally occurring, minor cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. Although structurally similar to Delta 9 THC, which is one of the plant’s most abundant compounds, it’s quite different and only found in trace amounts in the plant. Delta 8 is not even produced by the enzymes in cannabis, rather, it is created when Delta 9 THC oxidizes and slowly degrades into Delta 8. Further degradation of Delta 9 would create the cannabinoid CBN (cannabinol).
So, what exactly is the difference between Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC? It all comes down to one molecule, which can make a huge difference in the world of chemistry. As the name implies, Delta 8 THC has a molecular bond on the 8th carbon chain, whereas Delta 9 has this bond on the 9th chain.
Similar to its more dominant counterpart, Delta 8 THC is a partial agonist for both the CB1 and CB2 receptors, meaning there are effects to be felt in numerous different parts of the body, despite having weaker psychotropic potency. The National Center for Biological Information (NCBI) describes delta-8 THC as follows: “An analogue of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties.”
Medical Benefits of Delta 8
Numerous studies dating back to the 1970s, most of which come from Israel and were conducted by Professor Raphael Mechoulam and his associates, found Delta 8 to be associated with a number of different health benefits – for example, it can be used to treat anxiety, as a sleep aid, and for pain.
Initially, it was being researched to determine what kind of effects this cannabinoid could have on the immune system, what but they found was that Delta 8 could play an important role in fighting cancer. This was first observed in a 1974 study that determined delta-8 THC alone slowed tumor growth, and when combined with CBN (cannabinol) actually caused tumors to shrink after 20 days. Another study in 1995 on children with leukemia, showed a high rate of efficacy for treating the cancer, while also controlling nausea and vomiting caused by other therapies.
The latter study was conducted at Shaare Zedek Hospital, Bikur Holim Hospital and the Hebrew University located in Jerusalem – once again, led by Raphael Mechoulam. The creators of the study noted that “at the same this research was occurring, there had been 480 successful treatments of cancer with delta-8 THC.”
What remains somewhat of a mystery still, on a scientific level anyway, is exactly how the psychoactive effects of Delta 8 THC compare with those of Delta 9. According to another study from the 1970s, they found Delta 8 to have 2/3 the psychoactive effects of Delta 9, which is substantial, but still enough that a user will feel some noticeable effects.
All About Delta 8 THC Gummies
When it comes to edibles, they’re a completely different ball game than smoking flowers because the method of ingestion will have a huge impact on your overall experience. When you inhale cannabis smoke into your lungs, the active compounds are absorbed into your bloodstream almost immediately.
However, when you eat an edible, it has to pass through the digestive tract. There, it’s absorbed by the stomach, then the active compounds are metabolized by the liver. The process is much lengthier and it takes more time for the cannabinoids to get into your bloodstream, but it’s more potent and has a longer half-life; meaning you will feel the effects for much longer than you would if your were smoking.
That said, delta 8 gummies are a totally different world than flower and vape, but still not as potent as delta 9 THC so you don’t have to worry about getting stoned into oblivion when munching on these. They range in strength from 5mg to 50mg of delta 8 THC per gummy. The ones I tried were 25mg and I took three. I’m lucky to not suffer from any type of chronic pain, but I currently have a wrist injury that has been annoying to deal with and the delta 8 gummies were exactly what I needed.
They alleviated my pain without making me feel stoned or groggy, and I was able to stay focused on my work and obligations throughout the day – something I was struggling to do being distracted by pain and discomfort when doing day-to-day tasks. As much as I love smoking weed, sometimes I need to be a bit more clear-headed, and on those days I choose delta 8 products.
Another added bonus that I’d be remiss to not mention, is the amazing sleep I had that night. I fell asleep quicker than normal, slept soundly all night, and felt fully rested the next morning. If you’ve been following some of my other articles, you may know that I suffer from mild insomnia so good sleep can be hard to come by for me.
Where to Buy Delta 8 THC Gummies
In my opinion, they’re worth checking out and can be of interest to any type of cannabis user. Someone who uses CBD regularly can try Delta 8 if they want something a bit more potent, and someone who uses THC products regularly can check out Delta 8 if they want to feel the medical benefits of marijuana with milder psychoactive effects.
There are many online retailers currently selling a variety of Delta 8 THC products, including an assortment of gummies and other edibles. But your best bet, if you want trustworthy products from companies that have already been vetted, is to subscribe to the Delta 8 Weekly Newsletter and check out our weekly deals on edibles, vapes, flowers, and other products.