Perhaps one of the top reasons people buy Delta-8 is for chronic pain relief, but does it really work? Can Delta-8 actually alleviate chronic pain?
From its pain-relieving effects to its anti-inflammatory effects, here’s what we know about Delta-8 THC.
It seems everyone is talking about Delta-8 THC these days—and for several great reasons. This attractive little cannabinoid has skyrocketed in popularity in the last year and is one of the most popular THCs on the market.
For those unfamiliar, Delta-8 THC is short for Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol, a minor cannabinoid found in the hemp plant. It’s the newest cannabinoid to add value to the hemp plant and was only recently isolated, so we could offer it in concentrated forms to assist with various ailments.
- There are four significant types of THC present in the cannabis plant: THCA, THCV, Delta-8 THC, and Delta-9 THC, with Delta-9 being the most prominent and potent.
- Although more research needs to be done on humans, Delta-8 is one of the most effective in pain management and relief.
- Delta-8 is more effective for those who suffer from chronic pain than acute pain.
- Delta-8 binds primarily with CB1 receptors located throughout the central nervous system, giving it the potential for relieving pain.
- Delta-8 gummies have become one of the most popular products on the market, but it’s important to know what you’re looking for before making any Delta-8 purchase.
Delta-8 For Pain Relief
While Delta-8 THC is undoubtedly not a cure for chronic ailments, several studies on both humans and animals have proven its ability to soothe chronic pain.
That said, it’s important to note that Delta-8 was shown to work better at relieving chronic pain rather than acute pain.
Delta-8 is a cannabinoid, which binds to receptors found throughout the body, which play an essential role in balancing bodily systems and functions.
In one study conducted on people with fibromyalgia, a chronic musculoskeletal pain, researchers found that people who consistently dosed 8.3 grams of cannabis daily for 11 months straight had a significant improvement in their condition due to the analgesic properties of cannabis.
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The Body’s CB1 And CB2 Receptors: How Do They Work?
Each cannabinoid in the hemp plant binds with our CB1 and CB2 receptors in its own unique way, but D8 binds primarily with CB1 receptors located throughout the nervous system, giving it the potential to offer potent effects on pain in ways other THCs have yet to compare.
D8 is still relatively new to the cannabis market and needs further study, especially on humans. That said, the studies that have been conducted have been extremely promising, with many studies suggesting that Delta-8 offers analgesic properties, meaning it has the potential to desensitize the nervous system to pain, acting in a way to increase our pain tolerance.
How Will I Feel When I take Delta-8? Will It Get Me high?
In short, yes, it depends on how much D8 you consume. We are, after all, dealing with THC here. There are four significant types of THC present in the cannabis plant: THCA, THCV, Delta-8 THC, and Delta-9 THC, with Delta-9 being the most prominent and potent.
However, D8 THC is much less potent than its cousin Delta-9, typically referred to as “THC” in conversation.
For most people, D8 will feel much weaker than regular THC, and if you’re not a frequent user of THC, Delta-8 could affect you strongly. It depends on your unique body chemistry, and since everyone is different, it’s tough to say whether or not you’ll feel “high” when you consume Delta-8.
Those who have tried Delta-8 have reported a mild euphoria, uplifting, better sleep quality, and ache relief (specifically, joint pain).
These effects can be felt anywhere from half an hour to two hours after consumption.
So, if you’re brand-spankin’ new to edibles, we suggest taking half a Delta-8 gummy and waiting a couple of hours to see how you feel. Otherwise, you risk overdoing it and feeling too high (just as you would with any THC edible).
Delta-8 vs Delta-9 and Delta-10: Which Works Best For Pain Relief?
Not all THCs will be effective in the pain relief department; for example, Delta-10 THC is better known for being a great daytime THC for focus and sparking creativity. While Delta-9 THC can be effective for pain relief, it’s proven too strong for many who are trying to use THC daily to relieve pain. Not everyone can function on Delta-9, making the less-potent D8 a more friendly option for those looking for pain relief.
Of the THCs, Delta-8 THC has shown to be the best choice for pain and inflammation; it’s more intense than Delta-10 while remaining less potent than Delta-9.
Some users have combined Delta-8 gummies and Delta-10 gummies to reap the benefits of both, as D8 can potentially lessen pain, and Delta-10 can potentially help you feel more relaxed yet focused.
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How Do I Dose Delta-8 THC Gummies?
As we mentioned above, when it comes to edibles, start small. BiowellnessX Delta-8 THC gummies are available in dosages of 10mg, 25mg, and 50mg D8THC per gummy.
If this is your first time trying a psychoactive substance, we recommend taking half of our 10mg Delta-8 gummies and waiting a full hour to experience the effects before trying more.
What Other Ways Can I Consume Delta-8?
While Delta-8 gummies are the most popular method at the moment, you can find this cannabinoid in the following cannabis products:
- Soft gels
- Organic hemp flower (smoking flower)
- Pre-rolled hemp cigarettes
- Vape oils
- Oil tinctures
- Topical creams and sprays
- Various forms of edibles
Is Delta-8 Legal in my State?
A loophole in the 2018 Federal Farm Bill opened the door for legal hemp-derived THC to be sold all over the country, defining hemp as: “All derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent.”
So, Delta-8 is legal because it does not contain any Delta-9 THC. Since some states have their own laws regarding Delta-8, you still need to do your due diligence and make sure you’re not breaking any laws when you place your cannabis products order.
Reputable retailers of Delta-8 will only sell to states that have laws that accurately mirror the Farm Bill’s language. However, some retailers will only sell to certain states based on their own interpretation of that specific state’s laws.
Where Can I Buy Delta-8 Near Me?
Alright, here’s the deal: the cannabis industry is still a pretty wild beast. You can find Delta-8 in some of the most random places, such as at gas stations or a local supermarket, so you want to be sure you know what you’re looking for. Unfortunately, not everyone has the consumer’s best interest in mind.
The main risk factor in purchasing Delta-8 comes from untested, unlicensed Delta-8 THC vape cartridges and other products purchased on the unregulated market (which is precisely why we don’t recommend buying it at the same place you pump your gas).
We recommend buying Delta-8 gummies and other products online so you can verify the product has undergone third-party testing and has been cleared of any harmful chemicals that make their way into the product during its extraction.
No matter which of the delta gummies or other edibles you choose to purchase, you always need to make sure the product is from a reputable brand with positive customer reviews and that their products have been lab-tested by third-party labs.
Delta-8 THC is an exciting cannabinoid that can become one of the most effective ways of achieving pain relief for those who suffer from chronic pain. While there’s still so much to learn about Delta-8, current studies have shown much promise for pain relief.
If you’re curious about Delta-8 for pain relief, we say give it a go! Be mindful of whom you’re purchasing from, and start small regarding dosage.
We are still so early on in our research of Delta-8, and it’s exciting to see the new developments as they emerge. We can only predict Delta-8 THC gummies will continue to rise in popularity due to their purported health benefits and become one of the most loved hemp products on the market.
The legalities surrounding THC are constantly changing. We continuously work hard to do our best to give you the most updated information. We recommend that you always check your current state hemp laws- or federal law before purchasing any hemp-derived products (CBD, THC). The data in this post is not intended as legal advice nor to diagnose, treat or give any medical advice. In any event, do your due diligence and always seek your doctor’s advice, especially do if you are in doubt or are currently taking any prescription medications. Safer than sorry is always a great idea when taking new products.